Can You Freeze Apple Puree? Easy Guide!

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Yes. You can freeze Apple puree. And I know the easiest way to do so!

Since Apples aren’t really suitable to be frozen fresh, I rely on apple puree to preserve my apple crop that I excitedly wait for the whole year. Of course, I can also make myself a batch of apple sauce, yet, apple puree is a perfect baby food that my toddlers love.

What is apple puree?

It’s mashed up, freshly peeled, sliced, and slightly boiled in hot water or oven, apples. It is considered a way of preserving your apples by washing and coring them and slightly boiling them so that they won’t rot.

Cinnamon and sugar can be added after mashing them to give them an extra flavor. You know how amazing cinnamon goes with apples.

I love having this smooth texture that is easy for my toddler to enjoy instead of apple sauce that might contain a bit of apple chunks and is definitely way more sugary.

Bear in mind, though, that freezing apple puree can affect its color and turn it slightly towards the brownish side. But don’t worry, the taste won’t be affected at all. All the deliciousness and sweetness will be intact throughout the whole process.

How to freeze apple puree

The concept of freezing apple puree is a standard one. However, a few tweaks are usually made when it comes to the portion of apple puree you are going to freeze.

Freezing Apple Puree in an Ice Cube Tray

Freezing apple puree in an ice cube tray is a good way if you want to freeze small portions that can be easily defrosted and won’t take a long time, or if you want to feed your baby, so you won’t be needing a large portion of it.

  1. Spread out your freshly made apple puree on a tray to allow it to cool quickly and completely.
  2. Once you are sure that the apple puree is completely cool to at least room temperature, pour it in a silicone tray to easily take it out when you need to defrost it.
  3. Move the silicone ice cube tray to the freezer to freeze for two hours. When you are sure that the apple puree cubes are holding their shape, pour the ice cubes into a freezer plastic bag so you can free up room for other food in the freezer.
  4. Label the freezer bag with the date of freezing, as well as, the contents of the bag to easily distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.

Freezing apple puree in larger portions

If you want to freeze a large batch of apple puree, then this is your go-to.

  1. Spread out your freshly made apple puree on a tray to allow it to cool quickly and completely.
  2. Once it is cool enough, pour it straight into a freezer-friendly container, freezer bag, or glass jar. Make sure that there is enough room in any container you choose for the apple puree to expand once frozen.
  3. Label the freezer bag with the date of freezing, as well as, the contents of the bag to easily distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.

How long can apple puree last in the freezer?

Apple puree can last in the freezer for up to 4 months without any change in taste or texture.

Can you freeze apple sauce?

Yes, you absolutely can, same as apple puree.

How to defrost apple puree

As a general rule, the smaller the portion you are going to defrost, the less time it will take for it to defrost. That’s why thawing small ice cube portions of the apple puree on a countertop, after covering them shouldn’t take you more than an hour.

In the case of larger apple puree portions, I prefer to allow them to slowly thaw overnight in the fridge after moving them from the freezer.
Once it completely thaws, give it a good stir to reincorporate everything together again, and that’s it!

 

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