If you have apple trees in your yard, or there is a great deal at the market on a bushel of them, but you know you won't eat them all before they begin to turn, then you can freeze apples. It is not as hard as you think, you just need a few supplies to get started.
If you are short on time, but want to freeze them, you can take your fruit just the way it is, whole, and really give it a good wash, and place them on a cookie tray and freeze. Once they are frozen solid, put them in a freezer bag and then when you want to use these, just thaw, and stew them or use for sauce.
Once they are frozen, they are best used for desserts, sauces and frozen treats, as the texture changes, so they are not good for eating raw. But freezing them is a great way to get the fresh taste of a just picked apple in the middle of February!
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If you can take the time, this is probably the best way to freeze them. You need to wash, peel and core the apples. You can either do this by hand or with the help of an peeler and corer, you can even get a slicer. Which every way you prepare your fruit, you now have to slice them. Have a bowl of lemon juice handy.
As soon as you slice the fruit place the slices in the lemon juice. This stops the apples from browning. You have to do this pretty well right away when freezing apples. Once you have sliced your fruit and put them in the lemon juice, you need to drain them put them in to zip lock or freezer bags. Try to take as much air out of the bag as you can. This makes it easier to store.
You can partially cook pieces or slices, and then lay them out in a pie plate and cover them and freeze them. Once they have frozen, you can slide them from the pie plate into a freezer bag.
Or if you love sauce, you can make a batch of sauce. Use some now, and freeze the rest in small containers.
If you have a lot of apples to process, and lots of help, you can make fresh pies now. Bake them, and then freeze them. This way they are ready when you want them. Just thaw and heat in the oven.
There are many ways to freeze them. You can do the above tips, or create butter, jam, cobbler, or just freeze them the way they are, to use later in those dreary days of winter.
Now is a great time to go shopping for apples, or if you have lots of fruit on your tree. There are so many great varieties of apples out there, and you can make them into lots of great treats and desserts. So, get a bushel and enjoy some fresh now, and take the rest and prepare them so you can freeze apples.