Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 19, 2011

{Repin It}

So over Labor Day weekend, we picked almost 30 pounds of apples. There remain about 5 apples in the fridge, that we will snack on this week. But our surplus is not gone!

Much of it is packed away nicely in the freezer.

After making 3 big batches of slow cooker applesauce (2 of which are in the freezer, and the other long gone!), I also made 2 pies worth of filling for the holidays.

I mixed, tossed and then froze it all together.

When it comes time to bake the pies, I plan to thaw the filling before making the pie. Two reasons.

  1. I did not freeze the apples in the shape of a pie pan. So it might bake funny if I try to cook it from frozen.
  2. I do not want to ruin my crust by having the frozen pie bake twice as long as normal. Crusts are very sensitive and I have no had luck in the past baking them from frozen (even with adjusting temperatures, baking with foil over them and with pie crust shield).

Once thaw, I can bake the pie as I would if I’d just made the filling. Add filling to shell, add a few teaspoons of butter, add crust to top of pie, add vents and decorations. Bake!

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Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer

Yield – 1 pie

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes, when baked after thawing

Ingredients

  • 8 medium apples, I used Golden delicious
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of allspice
  • Dash of cardamom

Directions

  • Peel, core and thinly slice all the apples.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice, brown sugar and spices.
  • Place in a freezer baggie and then press as much air out of the bag and seal.
  • Freeze, up to 3 months.

And I love that I can cross one thing off my holiday prep list! I’ve got the pies taken care of…

Now, if only I could get my Christmas cards out before March!!!!

(I really did send them in March this year. Eeks!)

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Debbie September 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

This looks great — think that might be on our menu tonight. And don’t feel bad, one year I just could not get cards done so I did New Years cards — they just thought it was planned and it didn’t get lost among all the other Christmas cards.

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Christie September 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

Nice! Definitely doing this one! Thx for sharing :-)

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Michelle September 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

Fantastic idea! I have a apple pie recipe that calls for Ida Red and Granny Smith apples. Ida Reds don’t last too long, so this would be great for closer to Christmas! Thanks!!!

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Kelly Hess September 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

Love it! We picked 27# of apples this weekend. I made one batch of crock pot applesauce and one pie and I barely made a dent in my apples, I will definitely try this! Anyone have a good recipe for just cinnamon apples, like the ones you can buy from Stouffer’s that I can freeze for the holidays??
http://spendless2savemore.blogspot.com/2011/09/27-of-apples-and-applesauce.html

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Tiffany September 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

This is great! I simply love apple’s especially the Granny Smith apples and my husband and son love applesauce and apple pies. I have never actually made homemade applesauce is there anyway you can put that up. The filling sounds like it will be great!!

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Lora Dugan September 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Place applesauce in clean Jars, place flats and lids on jars and hot water bath 5 min for pints 10 min for quarts.

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kate September 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

@Kelly: http://fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com/2011/07/fake-stouffers-harvest-apples.html I have made those int he past and my family loves them!!! They are so delicious. I do make changes to it though I actually peel the apples because we have discovered we dont’ care much for the skin on them & I substitute sucanat instead of brown sugar. :) Those are also good if you take them out of the freezer & let them sit for like half an hour then eat them kind of frozen lol my daughter loves them like that when it’s hot out hehe :)

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karen September 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

wha? you sent your christmas cards in march? goodness! I have mine ready to go(stamped, addressed, labeled) so now I just wait until around december 1st. still hunting up x-mas presents for the ppl. I know what to get my mom at least.

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Peggy October 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Home made applesauce is extremely easy to make . I don’t do it in a crock pot. Just a pan on the stoe. I made it with my 4 year old pre-k class and the vote was unanimous that they loved it!
Becasuse I use a food processor I don’t even always peeol the apples. Once it goes through the food processor you can’t even tell there were any peels in it, except that the color is a little different.

Core d(and peel if desired) apples. Cut into quarters or sliced like you would for apple pie. The samller the pieces the quicker it cooks. I usually use 6 large ones per batch
1/4 cup sugar (if desired–more or less to suit your taste)
1/2 cup water
cinnamon (optional)

put prepared apples in a pan and add the water to prevent them from sticking or burning before they cook. Bring to a boil. Add usgar and cinnamon to taste. Turn down heat a little and let cook until apples are mushy. Remove form stove and dump into food processor. Run food processor on high for 3-5 minutes or until sauce is the consistency you like. Transfer to bowl and cool in fridge. Eat! (or put in freezer bags and freeze for fresh applesauce in the winter)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

Thanks for sharing Peggy! Sounds easy enough!!!

Erin

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Lora Dugan September 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Have mad this pie filling before, its delicous. For a twist add a couple of tblspons quick oats, in place of some of the flour.

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Linda September 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Don’t feel bad about sending your cards in March. We had a rough holiday this year, so I opted to send my cards out in July! Who says we can’t have Christmas in July! It was very liberating! :-)

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