Can you defrost apples in the microwave?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you defrost apples in the microwave?” We will also discuss the different methods to defrost apples and what are the important points to remember while defrosting apples.

Can you defrost apples in the microwave?

Yes, it is allowed to defrost apples in a microwave. Defrosting apples in the microwave is not highly recommended as it makes them mushy and takes a longer time. It’s easier to defrost apples if they are cut into slices with the help of a microwave.

The microwave method for defrosting is best suited for smaller fruits like berries. It takes 30 seconds to 1 minute for the berries to defrost in a microwave, when the power of the microwave is 100%. However, it takes about 5-6 minutes when it is on 30% power. 

In the case of apples, it takes about 3-4 minutes to defrost if the apples are whole and about 2 minutes if they are sliced. It is best to check if the apples are defrosted completely with the help of a fork.

It is not advised to use the hand as it might contaminate the food that is being microwaved. It is better to use a fork or spoon to check if the apples or berries are fully defrosted.

What is a microwave and how does it work?

Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic waves or radio waves that interact with the water molecules in the food and that is the mechanism by which the food starts to defrost or heat.

Microwaves that are produced by the magnetron present in the microwave react with the water molecule present in the food in the form of vibration which creates heat thereby heating the food.

Foods that have high water content heat faster when compared to foods containing lower water content. From the above, it is clear that the heat is produced directly in food but microwaves cannot cook food inside out.

The problem with defrosting apples in the microwave is that since the microwave heats the food by using the water molecules there are chances of the apple becoming soggy because of the steam that is produced.

What are the best methods to defrost apples?

The two methods that are suitable for the defrosting of apples are either the refrigeration method or the cold water method.

In the refrigeration method, the apples are removed from the freezer and kept in the refrigerator for the apples to be defrosted completely. This method is the best for defrosting the apples as they do not become mushy.

The apples that are defrosted using the refrigeration method can be refrozen even without cooking them as they are defrosted using safe methods and usually there are not a lot of bacterial build-ups. 

The second method or the easiest, quickest, and most reliant method is to defrost apples using cold water. In this method, the whole apples or the sliced apples placed in packing are immersed in a pot of water.

The apples defrost very quickly when compared to the refrigeration method. It takes only 45 minutes to 1 hour for the apples to defrost depending on the quantity of the apples. There are no potential problems in terms of bacterial growth as the apples are not subjected to room temperature.

However, if the quantity of the apples is a lot, then you need to change the water every half hour depending on the quantity as it will take a longer time to defrost. The cold water method can also be carried out with running tap water if you do not want to waste time changing the water every 30 minutes. 

The apples take less time to defrost if they are soaked in a sweetener and take a bit longer if they are not soaked in a sweetener. Frozen apples once on defrosting can be used to make desserts like apple sauce, pies, and crumbles.

How long does an apple stay frozen?

The apples can be kept frozen for about 3-6 months depending on the storage conditions and the defrosting methods if they are refrozen.

It is not recommended to refreeze apples as they become mushy and the texture and the taste of the apples are lost because of the loss of moisture.

It is best to use the apples when they are defrosted and it is recommended to store apples in batches so that they do not have to be refrozen once defrosted. 

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In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can you defrost apples in the microwave?” We have also discussed the different methods to defrost apples and what are the important points to remember while defrosting apples.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.