Don't let your fresh apples go to waste—save them for later with this easy freezing method. As a bonus, you'll have peeled apple slices at the ready for future crisps, cobblers, and desserts.

By Andrea Beck

Freezing Apples

Never go without apples again. By freezing leftover apples, you'll have this favorite fruit on hand year-round to make all of your favorite desserts—or even just to snack on.

Peel Apples

As with all produce, start by rinsing apples to clean them. To peel, use a vegetable peeler or paring knife; start at the stem end and circle around to the blossom end.

Quarter Apples

Cut the apple into four pieces through the stem and blossom ends.

Core and Slice Apples

Cut away core and seeds, stem, and blossom ends. (Note: If you have an apple corer, you could remove the apple core with that before cutting apple into quarters.) Slice each quarter into thinner slices for freezing.

Toss in Sugar Water and Freeze on Pan

Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup water in a bowl, mixing until sugar dissolves. Add 1 sliced apple to mixing bowl with sugar water mixture, stirring to coat slices.

Remove apple slices from water and arrange in a single layer on waxed paper on a baking sheet. Freeze apple slices overnight.

Freeze Apples

Place frozen apple slices in a resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 6 months. Be sure to label and date the bag so you know how long they've been in the freezer.

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Best Uses for Apple Slices

Don't spend Thanksgiving morning fussing with a complicated piecrust—instead, make this rustic apple tart recipe that tastes just as good as any homemade Thanksgiving apple pie, minus the stress.

Use frozen apple slices in a variety of delicious desserts. As a bonus, your apples will already be peeled and sliced.


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