Man, how I love Fall. I've switched out my summer clothes for sweaters and wool skirts. I've also been digging out my socks and sadly finding they have many holes in them. Did I just no realized last winter when I packed them away or was I just lazy? I'm going to bet on lazy.
The Farmer's Market on Sunday had so many lovely apples on display, so I went ahead and bought half a peck of apples. Half we will eat right away, but the other half I cut-up and froze them for baking in the winter. Around this time I try to do this every time I buy apples - save half the bag for freezing. Having the apples all peeled and cut, ready for baking, makes the winter months just that bearable. On a whim I can whip something sweet up, thanks to my planning.
The way I freeze my apples, and most fruits, is to peel, core and slice them (made easier by my hand-cranked apples peeler/corer). I then lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put them int he freezer for a couple of hours. When they are solid, I write the fruit name and packing date on freezer bags and pack them in the bags. Freezing them in a single layer beforehand helps keep all the slices separate and not bunch up in a frozen ball in the bag. This makes it easy to divide portions and defrost. Super yummy and easy!