How to Blanch Apples

How to blanch apples this autumn.

It is that wonderful time of year again, where collecting fallen apples and making apple pie is a must.  My son absolutely loves apple pies, especially when we have been able to collect the fallen apples from his Great Gran’s apple tree.  Here is how to blanch apples.  My Mum has been doing it this way, for what seems like, forever.

What to do if you have too many apples: how to blanch apples

We managed to collect a few too many this year.  We really don’t like seeing food go to waste.   I peeled, cored and blanched the apples that were spare.  I made sure to put them in bags, labelled with the date.  After this, I put them into the freezer so that we could make more apple pies later.

Washing and peeling the fallen cooking apples ready for blanching.
Washing and peeling the fallen cooking apples ready for blanching.
Once the apples are peeled, slice them roughly.
Once the apples are peeled, slice them roughly.
Put the apple pieces in boiling water, in a pan, for 1-2 minutes. They should be just starting to soften.
Put the apple pieces in boiling water, in a pan, for 1 minute. They should be just starting to soften.
Put a couple of spoonfuls of apple into each labelled bag. I usually label with the date and what is in the bag. These are now ready to be put in the freezer. They can be taken out and defrosted when you need to use them to make your apple pie recipe.
Put a couple of spoonfuls of apple into each labelled bag. I usually label with the date and what is in the bag. These are now ready to be put in the freezer. They can be taken out and defrosted when you need to use them to make your apple pie recipe.

Each bag needs to be left to cool before putting into the freezer.  I usually keep my apples in there for a few months.  I have read that they are ok to be frozen for about a year but ours are usually all used up by December or January.

You can find our dairy free and egg free simple, yet delicious, apple pie recipe on the blog in a couple of days.  Make sure you look out for it.  It is a recipe that has been passed down the generations in my family.  We hope you enjoy it!

Which other recipes are you thinking of making now that you know how to blanch apples?  It would be great to hear your suggestions (we have quite a lot of apples in the freezer now!).

 

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