How to Freeze Apple Slices

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There are two different ways to freeze apple slices depending on how you want to use the slices at a later date. If you plan to use the apples for uncooked desserts, you will want to freeze the slices in syrup. If you plan to use them in pies, cobblers or other cooked dishes, you can freeze the slices safely without adding sugar syrup. Ether way, freezing the slices allows you to preserve the harvest or take advantage of grocery store sales when apples are in season and least expensive.

How to Freeze Apple Slices
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Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Shallow bowl
  • 3 lbs. apples
  • Knife
  • Zipper type freezer bags
  • Cookie sheets
Step 1

Warm 4 cups of water to lukewarm temperature in a saucepan.

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Step 2

Stir in the sugar into the water until fully dissolved.

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Step 3

Chill the sugar solution until cold.

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Step 4

Slice the apples into 1/4 inch slices. You can peel the apples first or leave the peels on the fruit.

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Step 5

Fill a shallow bowl with lemon juice and dip the slices into the juice. This will prevent discoloration of the apple slices.

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Step 6

Place the apple slices into the chilled syrup. Transfer the slices, in the syrup, into zipper type freezer bags, label and freeze.

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Step 1

Pour approximately 1 inch of lemon juice into a shallow bowl.

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Step 2

Peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/4 inch slices.

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Step 3

Dip each slice into the lemon juice, ensuring that the slice is completely covered. This will prevent browning of the slices.

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Step 4

Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on cookie sheets.

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Step 5

Place the cookie sheets in the freezer and freeze the slices for 4 to 6 hours. Slide the frozen slices into freezer bags, label and place back into the freezer to store.

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Tips & Warnings

  • You can also find products in the canning supply aisle that will help prevent browning of fruits, if you prefer not to use lemon juice.

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