If you have an apple tree in your garden, you usually have thousands of apples in the fall that need to be eaten and stored. Applesauce is a great way to preserve fresh apples for the winter. You can preserve applesauce by boiling it, but you can also easily freeze it. In this way, the shelf life can be extended many times.
The applesauce freezer is also suitable for jars of applesauce that have already been opened (which you need to use within a few days) or if you only need small portions of applesauce, e.g. for breakfast muesli or baby food. When you freeze applesauce, you always have a healthy snack on hand.
We explain what needs to be considered.
Freezing applesauce: what you need to know
Freezing applesauce takes less time than preserving it, because there is no need to sterilize the jars and store them (the puree will last longer if you boil the filled and tightly closed jars in hot water at 90 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes).
When it comes to shelf life, the two methods aren’t much different: freshly made applesauce lasts about a year – you can keep frozen apples for a similar amount of time (keeping them cold, however, consume much more energy).
What to do if you want to freeze applesauce:
- Allow the freshly made applesauce to cool before freezing.
- Freezer bags are suitable for freezing; more durable are jam or canning jars that you can reuse. The jars in which you freeze the applesauce should be as thick-walled and clean as possible.
- Applesauce is high in liquid and expands when it freezes. Therefore, you should not fill the containers to the brim, but only to 3/4.
- Label the containers with the date and contents.
- Put the lid on loosely and screw it on properly only when the applesauce is completely frozen.
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Freezing applesauce: Good to know
- Frozen applesauce has a shelf life of about a year.
- After thawing, applesauce should be kept cool and consumed soon.
- You can also easily freeze applesauce in an ice cube tray. So you always have small portions ready – for example for muesli in the morning or baby food.
Melt the applesauce
Simply place the mousse in the fridge to thaw overnight. Mix just before consumption so that the applesauce regains an even consistency.
A good alternative to store-bought applesauce is homemade applesauce: it contains no additives and you can choose how much sugar you want to use. You only need a few ingredients for our applesauce recipe: Make Applesauce: Five Ingredient Recipe
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