Too many fresh apples to use all at once? Freezing fresh apples is easy and a great way to have locally grown apples all-year round.
Hooray! You accomplished your “Fun Fall Things” checklist! You Pumpkin-Spice-latte’d your way through every apple orchard in town and now find yourself barricaded in your kitchen with no less than 20 pounds of apples. You already baked everything in your recipe book and your family can’t eat another apple pie, crumble, sauce, or turnover. You’ve given away apples to neighbors, mail carriers, random people walking their dog by your house. There are still apples in your kitchen. The time has come to accept your fate of freezing fresh apples.
Freezing fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to enjoy locally grown food all year round. It’s important to know that the texture of apples changes after freezing and thawing. Because of this, freezing fresh apples for baking is my favorite use. Here is the easiest way to freeze your apples and enjoy them all year long.
You don’t have to peel your apples. For instance, if you plan to use them in smoothies, leaving the peels on can add good fiber and nutrients and won’t affect the recipe since it’s getting pulverized. I like to peel mine so I have options. (And I add the scraps to my compost pile!)
You can cube up your apples or slice depending on how you think you’ll use them in the future. Cubes are great for smoothies, baking, and applesauce. Slices are good for pies and some other baked recipes. If you’re not sure what you’ll be using them for, I recommend freezing fresh apples in both cubes and slices.