Freezer cooking

How to Freeze Apples and Pears

I ran across a pear tree recently that was overburden with fruits. So much so that a lot of the branches had broken and were hanging down. Since no one seemed interested in the fruit and so many were already laying on the ground, I asked if I could pick some.

They weren’t quite ripe, so I put them in brown paper sacks (6 to 8 pears in each bag), rolled the tops down, and then let them sit until they started ripening. I check them every few days, and as they ripen, I peel and cut them up to put in the freezer.

This is the best way I have found to freeze both apples and pears so they don’t turn brown. (Unfortunately the lighting in my kitchen and my wood countertop casts a tint on the pears in the photo)

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How to Freeze Apples and Pears

Sprinkle enough regular table salt in the bottom of a large bowl or container, then half fill the bowl with water. As you cut up the apples or pears, drop the pieces in the salt water.

When the bowl is full, drain the fruit well, without rinsing. Fill freezer bags or freezer containers in recipe-size portions. (See note below) I prefer to use freezer bags, because they freeze flat, which later thaws quicker than a block of frozen fruit.

Note: Most pie recipes call for 5 cups of cut-up apples or pears, while a cake can be anywhere from 1 ½ to 4 cups. During each “cutting up fruit” session, I put two cups in each freezer bag. The final bag holds whatever is left, which usually ends up being 1 or 1 ½ cup.

Then freeze until ready to use.

Surprisingly, the fruit doesn’t taste salty after the salt water bath. Maybe a little bit when first removed from the water, but not after freezing.

I’ll be sharing a couple of recipes using pears soon! Until then . . .

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7 thoughts on “How to Freeze Apples and Pears

  1. Nice approach. When I freeze peaches, I simply skin them, slice them, add some sugar, put them in freezer bags, flatten the bags and stack them in the freezer. For apples, I use lime juice to keep them from turning brown. I juice limes, freeze the juice in ice cube trays and then have lime cubes on hand for fruit, to mix in fizzy drinks, or whatever we might need lime juice for. I do the same thing with lemons.

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    1. Great idea on the frozen juice cubes. I haven’t tried lime juice but I haven’t had much luck with lemon juice on apples and pears. I usually freeze peach slices on a baking sheet, then put them in a freezer bag.
      Flattened freezer bags are the best for freezer organization!

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