Are you looking to freeze apples for smoothies?
If you’ve picked up apples cheap from the grocery store because they are going off, or simply have apples sitting on the side going bad then this is a great way to preserve them.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Apples For Smoothies
There are multiple ways to freeze apples, I’m going to cover multiple methods (all of which are suitable for making smoothies) so you can find the right one for you.
Start by peeling and coring your apples.
As you’re planning on using your frozen apples in smoothies I’d suggest cutting them into thin slices.
This is going to be easier on your smoothie maker and reduce the need to further cut your apples in the defrosting / smoothie making stage.
Then simply defrost the ice cube portions as and when required and mix them straight into your smoothie. Alternatively, you could cut the apples and then blend them and freeze them in an ice cube tray before transferring to a zip lock bag.
To prevent the apple slices from going brown I recommend soaking them in a lemon juice bath for five minutes (add four cups of water to two tablespoons of lemon juice)
After five minutes drain the apples using a colander.
Once the apple slices are frozen transfer them into a freezer bag labelled with the contents and the date.
These frozen apples are now good for up to a year. The quality and duration are going to be dependent on the freezer bag you use and ensuring you included the lemon bath step above.
How To Defrost Frozen Apples For Smoothies
There’s a couple of ways you can defrost your frozen apple slices depending on how quickly you need them.
Simply remove your portion and place them in the refrigerator for at least six hours – be sure to put a plate underneath the bag or container to catch any water from the deforestation.
Alternatively, remove your portion of frozen sliced apples and put them in a bowl of lukewarm water (in a ziplock bag or without one) for around one hour.
Finally, if you’re short on time you can use the defrosting method on your microwave. However, this won’t retain as much of the quality and flavour compared to the methods listed above.