When I have time, I like to freeze apples during their peak season in the fall and enjoy them all year long. As I posted last week, apples are a highly nutritious food, and freezing them as an apple pie or crisp filling is wonderfully simple.
What You Need:
Apple peeler/corer or a knife
freezer bags or canning jars
6 pounds of apples
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus extra juice for spraying
How to Freeze Apples
1. Wash apples and have the kids peel and core them with a hand crank apple peeler/corer. Alternatively, use a coring tool and a paring knife. Or just cut the core out this way: Cut the peeled apples in quarters, stand each quarter up tall on its end, and slice away any pieces of core.
2. To prevent discoloring, spray apples with a little lemon juice. (This is an optional step.)
3. Combine sugar, flour, and spices in a large pot. Stir apples into this mixture. Allow the apples to stand for about 30 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
4. Place the pot over medium heat, until the "sauce" begins to thicken.
5. Pour into canning jars and process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes * or allow to cool completely and transfer to serving size Ziplock style freezer bags and freeze.
Makes about four pints.
* NOTE: If you live at a high altitude, read this important information about adjusting canning times.