I love apples, especially cooked apples. In fact that’s the only way my husband will eat them. I stock up whenever they’re on sale.
I buy with the best of intentions of eating them all before they go bad. That usually doesn’t happen though. Apples are generally good in the refrigerator for about 6 weeks (give or take).
One way I’ve decided to be sure that no apples go to waste is to put them in the slow cooker and them freeze them. And FYI – your home will smell AMAZING during this process!
Here’s how I do it…
This particular batch featured 12 apples, including Gala, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious.
I peeled, cored, and sliced (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick) and placed them all in the slow cooker. I then added 1 cup of sugar and sprinkled in some Cinnamon, Allspice, and Nutmeg. I did not measure the spices. You can gauge with your eyes depending on your personal preference.
Once everything was added, I stirred the apples to make sure the spices and sugar coated all of them.
Cook them on Low heat for about 3 hours, or until they have just a little bite left. I’ve found that if you do not leave them with a little bite, they can become very mushy depending on what you will use them for after they are unthawed.
Once you have determined they are done, take the lid off the slow cooker and allow them to cool slightly before storing.
I used a ladle and put about 2 ladles full per bag. You can also put a few table spoons of the liquid left in the slow cooker in each bag.
I prefer to store my in freezer bags because they take up less space. If you freeze them flat, they take up much less space and you can squeeze the bags in smaller spaces if your freezer is already full.
Now that you have these frozen apples, what can you do with them? Well, there are many options. Thaw them in the fridge to make apple crisp (won’t take as long to bake since the apples are pre-cooked), add them to dinner the next time you make pork chops, make apple pie, or my personal favorite… once thawed, heat them either on the stove or in the microwave and put them over vanilla ice cream! YUMThis post may contain affiliate links. Please see Disclosure.