There is no better scent than the smell of apple pie being baked on a chilly fall afternoon. The fragrant wefts of cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, and other delightful spices are simply unmatched. But if you made too much apple pie filling or don’t have time to bake your pie just yet, you might wonder whether or not you can freeze it for later.
You can successfully freeze apple pie filling. All you need to do is allow it to cool entirely before storing it in a resealable freezer bag. Ensure all the air is released from the bag before placing it in the freezer. Store for up to 12 months.
Hello! My name’s Michelle, and I’m a home baker with over ten years of experience. I make plenty of pies in my kitchen, and one of the crowd favorites is none other than the classic baked apple pie. I’ve discovered how to freeze this type of filling, and I’m here to share my process.
Want to freeze your apple pie filling? Read on!
Can You Freeze Apple Pie Filling?
Did you accidentally make too much filling for your apple pie? Did you make the filling and decide you don’t want to bake a pie right now?
Don’t worry – you don’t have to throw it into the trash can.
You can successfully freeze apple pie filling, and it won’t affect the outcome of your pie when you’re ready to bake it. It will taste just as amazing!
How to Freeze Apple Pie Filling
There’s really nothing fancy or special about freezing this kind of filling. In fact, it’s pretty darn simple. Here are the easy three steps to follow:
1. Allow the Apple Pie Filling to Cool Entirely
When it comes to freezing food items, the general rule of thumb is to ensure it’s cooled entirely before stashing them in the freezer.
Well, the same is true for apple pie filling.
Don’t even think about storing your apple pie filling until it’s 100% cooled down.
This could take a little while (an hour or more), so be patient.
2. Store in a Resealable Freezer Bag
Now that your apple pie filling has cooled off, you can grab your resealable freezer bags and start storing them.
If desired, you can place all of the apple pie filling in a single bag. However, if you made multiple batches of apple pie filling at once, consider portioning it out. Place about four cups of apple pie filling in each bag.
Release all of the air from the bag before storing it. This will keep your apple pie filling in tip-top condition (and make it easier to stash in your freezer).
You can use an airtight container if desired. However, this will allow some extra air into the container, which can affect the quality. Containers are also larger and rigid, making them more challenging to store in the freezer.
3. Store For Up to a Year in the Freezer
After scooping your apple pie filling into the freezer bags, releasing the air, and sealing it shut (double-check that the bag is 100% sealed), it’s time to place your beloved apple pie filling in the freezer.
Where you store your apple pie filling doesn’t matter a tremendous amount.
However, I always recommend storing it toward the back of the freezer. This area won’t experience any change in temperatures, ensuring your apple pie filling remains fresh and scrumptious.
You can store your apple pie filling in the freezer for up to 12 months/one year. The sooner you use it, the better.
How to Use Frozen Apple Pie Filling
It’s bake time! But wait – your apple pie filling is completely frozen. What should you do?
You have a couple of options.
1. Thaw in the Refrigerator
The best way to use frozen filling is to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator.
All you need to do is remove the frozen filling from the freezer and toss it into the fridge.
Allow it to thaw for two days. Use it like normal.
2. Thaw on the Countertop
Don’t have two days to wait for your frozen apple pie filling to thaw out?
Place your frozen filling on the countertop and allow it to thaw for about an hour before using.
3. Bake Frozen!
You don’t have to thaw frozen filling to use it in your apple pie.
You can actually bake it from frozen.
The biggest issue is that you run the risk of ending up with a soggy pie crust due to the added moisture.
You can combat this by sprinkling a few teaspoons of cornstarch or flour onto the frozen apple pie before baking it.
See? Freezing apple pie filling is a cinch! If you want to keep learning about this fun topic, I’ve added a couple of frequently asked questions below.
Is it better to freeze apple pie cooked or uncooked?
It is much better to freeze uncooked apple pie. When you’re ready, simply bake it in a preheated 400F oven for ten minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 350F and bake for about an hour.
Why are some pies not suitable for freezing?
Some pies can end up separating in the freezer, leaving you with a subpar pie you won’t want to eat. That’s why it’s recommended to freeze unbaked pies.
Can you freeze pie filling in mason jars?
You can freeze pie filling in mason jars. The only drawback is that mason jars take up a good amount of space, which isn’t suitable for all freezers.
Freezing Apple Pie Filling is Quick, Easy, and Convenient!
If you need to freeze your filling, go ahead and do so! The key is to allow it to cool entirely before storing it. Ensure all the air is removed from the resealable freezer bag before storing. Use within 12 months.
Do you freeze your apple pie filling? Do you have any tips you’d like to add? Comment below!
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