Y’all know there’s nothing like a good homemade apple pie! But sometimes, you just don’t have the time to peel and slice all those apples. That’s why I’m here to share with you a simple solution that will allow you to enjoy delicious apple pie year-round. All you need to do is learn how to freeze apple pie filling!
Freezing Apple Pie Filling
First off, let me tell you that freezing apple pie filling is EASY! I’m serious, there’s no need to be intimidated by this process. Here’s what you need to do:
- 10 cups sliced and peeled apples
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large pot.
- Add the water and lemon juice to the pot and stir until everything is well combined.
- Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to thicken.
- Add the sliced apples to the pot and cook until they’re tender.
- Let the mixture cool completely.
- Once the filling is completely cool, divide it among your desired freezer containers (I like to use quart-sized freezer bags).
- Label the containers with the date and contents, then place them in the freezer.
See? I told you it was easy! Now, whenever you’re ready to make an apple pie, all you need to do is thaw the filling and pop it in your favorite pie crust.
One thing to note about freezing apple pie filling is that the apples can turn brown over time. To prevent this, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of Fruit Fresh (a commercial product that contains ascorbic acid and citric acid) or 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the filling before freezing. This will help the apples retain their beautiful color.
With this knowledge, you’re well on your way to enjoying delicious homemade apple pie all year long! Happy baking, y’all!