Apple pie is a well-loved dessert or tea-time treat. Its sweet, slightly tart, and fruity flavor is complemented by the warmth of cinnamon spice and a soft crunch of pastry. Served with cream or ice cream, it is the perfect balance of all things delicious.
The good news is that no apple pie leftovers ever have to go wasted again. Apple pie can be frozen to extend its shelf life. You can even make a double batch while baking and freeze one to use a few weeks down the line.
Here is your full guide to freezing apple pie.
Types of Apple Pie
Apple pie can be made with different types of apples, chopped, cooked with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. This apple filling is then placed into a pastry crust and topped with a top layer of pastry to form a pie. The top layer of pastry can be solid or a lattice of woven pastry strips.
Apple pie is traditionally served with whipped cream, ice cream, or cheddar cheese. The apples used for filling can be fresh, canned, or rehydrated dried apples. Ingredients such as lemon juice, nutmeg, raisins, or honey are also included in some recipes.
Although traditionally a homemade apple pie is known to have a top and bottom crust, variants include deep-dish apple pie with a top crust only and Tarte Tatin which is served with a crust on the bottom only.
Can Apple Pie Be Frozen?
Yes, apple pie can be frozen. Whether the pie is baked or unbaked, freezing the pie will extend its shelf life for up to 6 months.
When freezing uncooked apple pie, leave it whole. Do not make slits in the top of the crust until right before you bake the pie.
Preparing the pie in a disposable aluminum foil pie dish is the ideal option. The foil dish is both freezer- and oven-friendly. This way you don’t have to worry about transferring the pie between dishes due to extreme temperature changes.
Make sure you remove any whipped cream, ice cream, or other toppings that may have been served with the pie before preparing leftover apple pie to go into the freezer.
How To Freeze Apple Pie
Step 1: Cool Completely
If you are freezing a baked apple pie, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely on a cooling rack. Once the pie is cool to touch, you can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
Covering the pie while it is still warm will result in moisture droplets forming inside the wrapping which will, in turn, lead to crystallization, freezer burn, and a poor quality pie on thawing.
Step 2: Wrap
Wrap the pie, whether baked or unbaked, with a double layer of foil or cling film. Make sure the pie is covered completely with no open gaps where air can enter. You want to keep the pie completely safe from contact with air to prevent freezer burn.
Step 3: Pack and Seal
Place the wrapped pie in a zip lock freezer bag, pressing all the air out before sealing. If you do not have a freezer bag big enough for an entire unsliced pie, wrap it fully in another double layer of cling film.
Step 5: Label and Freeze
Write the contents and date of freezing on the freezer bag with a permanent marker to keep track of how long it has been stored. Freeze.
How To Freeze Apple Pie Slices
Cut the apple pie into slices if you do not want to thaw the entire pie at once. Individual slices are ideal for snacks or lunch boxes. Place the slices on a lined baking sheet and put them in the freezer until frozen solid.
Once frozen, remove the tray from the freezer and wrap each slice individually with a double layer of cling film or aluminum foil.
Once wrapped, place the slices in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag for an extra layer of protection. Press out any air from the freezer bag before sealing it.
Write the date and contents on the container and place the slices back in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Baked Apple Pie
For the best results, remove the pie from the freezer, unwrap it, and let it cool on the counter for 10 minutes while warming the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Heat the apple pie in the oven to crisp the crust and warm through without baking it further.
If you do not want the pie warmed, place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Keep in mind that not heating the pie in the oven may result in a slightly soft or soggy crust due to the moisture released while defrosting.
How To Thaw Frozen Unbaked Apple Pie
To prepare unbaked apple pie, remove it from the freezer, unwrap it, and prick or make slits in a solid pie crust for the steam to escape while baking.
Place the unwrapped pie straight from frozen into the oven to bake as per your recipe. You will have to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Now that you know apple pie can be frozen, you can prepare your pie well in advance for any occasion. While you are at it, don’t hesitate to make a double batch, cut the pie into small squares and wrap them individually for lunch boxes and picnic snacks.
Whether you are preparing for a big event, have too many apples, or don’t want to waste delicious pie leftovers, freezing homemade apple pie and its filling is a great solution to avoid waste, save time, and always have a treat on hand for unexpected guests.
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