How to Freeze Apples: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Freeze Apples: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Freeze Apples: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

It is not difficult to freeze apples for another time. You can peel them, cut them into slices or stone them, and use lemon juice, salt water or fruit preserver to preserve everything for up to a year - as long as you use the proper containers.


Part 1 of 3: Peeling and Slicing Apples

Step 1. Wash apples in clean running water

Turn on the sink faucet and place the fruit under the water, rubbing the skin lightly with your fingers to remove the dirt. When the apples are clean, dry them with a sheet of paper towel or a dry cloth.

Remove the stickers that are on the peel of the apples

Step 2. Carefully pass the apples through a peeler

Start at the stem and cut each fruit in a circular motion. Remove all the skin to prepare the fruits.

If you don't have a peeler, use a regular kitchen knife

Step 3. Remove the pits from the apples with a sharp knife

Cut each fruit into four pieces vertically. Pass the knife through the seed of each one until all the seeds are removed.

Place apples on a kitchen board to make the process easier

Step 4. Cut apple pieces into smaller slices to improve conservation

You can cut as many slices as you like, but 8-12 is ideal. Use a specific fruit peeler or kitchen knife.

  • Place apple pieces on the cutting board to slice.
  • Cut apples into thin slices to make a candy or into squares to make smoothies.

Part 2 of 3: Saving apples

Step 1. Preserve the apples once they have been peeled and sliced

This extends their lifespan. Choose the ideal form of conservation - with lemon juice, salt water or a commercial preservative.

Step 2. Use lemon juice to keep apples longer

Mix 4 cups (950 ml) of water and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of lemon juice in a bowl and stir well with a spoon. Dip the slices into the solution and wait five minutes.

  • Dip all slices into solution.
  • The flavor of apples won't change much with this process.
  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) present in lemon juice helps preserve apples longer.

Step 3. Soak apples in salt water to keep them fresh

Mix 4 cups (950 ml) of warm or room temperature water and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of table salt in a bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves and add the apple slices. Wait a few minutes, then take everything out.

  • Dip each slice well into the salt and water mixture to keep it longer.
  • The salt acts as a preservative, prolonging the life of the slices without them spoiling or burning in the freezer.
  • Apples may be a little salty when you take everything out of the freezer. In that case, rinse them with running water to resolve the situation.
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Step 4. Sprinkle a fruit preservative on the apples

Buy a powdered fruit preservative at any market and follow the instructions for use to apply it to the slices. Cover all apples evenly.

The preservative does not change the flavor of apples

Part 3 of 3: Freezing the apple slices

Step 1. Place the apple slices in a colander

If you've left them in the liquid for a few minutes, pour it into a colander to separate everything. Shake the accessory lightly so you don't leave anything behind.

Don't rinse the slices after straining them, or you'll strip out the lemon juice, salt water, and fruit preservative

Step 2. Distribute the slices on a baking sheet

Place sheets of parchment paper on the baking sheet to prevent the slices from sticking to it. Then arrange the apples evenly.

Separate the slices well so they don't stick together after freezing

Step 3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-3 hours

Make sure all the slices are evenly distributed on the baking sheet. Leave them in the freezer for a little over an hour if they're thin or three hours if they're thicker.

Separate the slices well to prevent them from sticking together in the freezer

Step 4. Transfer the apple slices from the baking sheet to a lidded container

When the individual slices are frozen, place them in a plastic bag or container suitable for the freezer. Get as much air out of this container or bag as possible so the apples don't burn.

  • Write the date and "Apple Slices" on the container before placing it in the freezer to remind yourself what it is.
  • Peel the apple slices off the parchment paper with your fingers or a spatula.

Step 5. Store the slices in the freezer for up to one year

If you follow all the steps correctly, the apples will keep for several months - up to a year. Either way, consume them before they burn or lose their flavor.

  • To thaw apples, place the covered container in the refrigerator for at least six hours or in a bowl of water for an hour or less.
  • If you only intend to use part of the slices, leave the rest in the freezer.


  • The texture and flavor of the apple will change when it freezes, but some types of the fruit don't change as much - like the sweet, Fuji apple and Gala apple. Ask your questions at the grocery store or at the store when buying.
  • Do not freeze apples with stains or rotten parts.
  • Frozen apples are excellent for smoothies, pies or other sweets.

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