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My neighbor gave me a big bag full of apples and told me she makes applesauce with them, and told me how. My question is this: I don't have jars to put the applesauce in and was wondering if I could put it in freezer type ziplock bags and put it in the freezer, without changing the taste, and how long it would last? Thank you for all suggestions and ideas on this!
jmz2005 from Illinois
Two days ago I just opened a bag I put up in the freezer in Sept. '04. They tasted wonderful. I know they will be ok a couple years at least!! Happy Freezing!
Make the applesauce, good quality bags, lay flat on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, waa laa, flat packages to fit nicely in your freezer.
Take it from someone who grew up with a small apple orchard in her front yard. My Mom also had us peel and core (with the handy machine thingy) a bunch, throw them in a big pot, add the juice from a few lemons, toss and freeze the same way. Perfectly white apples for crisp, pies, whatever anytime of the year. I make applesauce still from store apples, put in quart size bags, then rebag those in gallon bags (both freezer) and they last a long time (not that my daughter would let me keep them in there!). Good luck!
Yes you most certainly can freeze apple sauce. it doesn't change the flavor at all. Like most freezing it freezes up to 3 months.
In freezer zip bags--------
I've frozen raw meat and chicken with a little water to replace the air. Cooked leftovers getting out all the air or adding water and squeezing till the air is out. Blended in a blender, tomatoes, that the core is out and they are washed. Corn on the cob after a meal, taken off the cob, added water boiled from the corn, then frozen. Done beets, (boiled) cleaned sliced, or chunked, then added water.
If you are very carefull, you can get the air out, sometimes with water added, sometimes squeezing the bag, sometimes sucking it with a straw in the almost closed bag and quickly closing. Standing the bag up brings the air bubble to the top, but bubbles can be trapped in food so jiggle the bag for some things. I've done these things for years, and if well done the food stays longer than you might imagine.
Ham packed in water or air doesn't freeze well for very long. I think about 3 months.
Beef water packed I've had more than 2 years, then cooked and it tasted fine.
This year we want to do blender tomatoes, beets, and chunked water packed peppers, and left over corn off the cob.
I buy freezer zip loc quart bags at Sam's Club in the 4 box pack for I think around $10.00.