Can you freeze an apple pie?

In this brief guide, we’ll explore the query: “Can you freeze an apple pie?” Also, we’ll explore how an apple pie can be frozen, how apple pie is made, what the nutritional content of apple pie is, and is eating apple pie healthy? 

Can you freeze an apple pie

Yes, it is both possible and feasible to freeze apple pie. 

It’s a practical, long-term storage alternative for pies baked in advance, and for leftovers, as the crust and filling lose very little of their original quality when stored in the freezer.

Also, pies that have been prepared, but have yet to be baked, can be stored similarly to baked pies. 

Store-bought pies are often distributed frozen to retailers and can often be found either frozen or refrigerated.

However, some pies freshly baked and packaged in bakeries are often displayed at room temperature, minding that they’re kept out of direct sunlight and adequately wrapped, of course. 

Below, we’ll describe some outlines for storing an apple pie in a freezer.

How can I freeze an apple pie

Freezing an apple pie requires that it be at room temperature. In the case of a home baked pie, this may involve leaving it covered (not sealed, so that the excess humidity is drawn out) and letting it sit on the counter for an hour or so. 

Once it has cooled, the pie can be covered with tinfoil, or cling wrap. It may be necessary to apply two or more layers, as the idea is to completely seal the pie and not let in any of the freezer’s cold air. 

Depending on the size of the portion (and the dish that contains it, mainly), it may be convenient to store the wrapped pie in a freezer bag to add an extra layer of protection.  

Once enveloped, the pie can be stored in the freezer, where it can be stored for up to six months. The same procedure can be followed when freezing apple pie slices. 

To defrost a frozen apple pie, it should be taken out of the freezer a few hours in advance of serving it or reheating it (whichever comes first). 

If it is enjoyed cool, it can be left to thaw out overnight in the refrigerator, and if it’s intended to be served warm, it can be heated in a microwave or a conventional oven, at 150°C. 

Freezing an unbaked pie can be done by following the same guidelines, though some authors suggest using foil in place of cling wrap. 

Similarly, unbaked apple pies can be preserved for up to six months. 

Defrosting an unbaked pie isn’t necessary, it can simply be taken out and baked in a preheated oven,  by following the recipe’s guidelines. To be clear, a few more minutes may be necessary while the oven’s heat defrosts the pie and begins to cook it. 

How is apple pie made? 

Apple pie is made by preparing the pie’s crust, and the apple filling. There are many recipes for apple pie, and below, we’ll describe the general outlines for preparing an apple pie. 

The pie’s crust can be homemade, though some retailers offer premade pastry crusts. A pie crust is generally made from all-purpose flour, salt, butter, and cold water. 

The first step is to mix the flour and the butter, then add in the butter and mix it until a gritty dough is formed. 

Then, the cold water can be lightly drizzled on the dough to moisten it, until it has acquired a texture that can be made into a ball. Mixing it too thoroughly or handling it with bare hands should be avoided, as it may melt the butter and this coarse consistency will be lost. 

The dough can then be carefully shaped into spheres, and carefully flattened. At this stage, it should be refrigerated for at least a half-hour, though some authors recommend letting it sit in the fridge for 12 hours. 

There are of course many variations in pie crust; some can be more mealy, others flakier and they can brown differently. Readers should research which one suits their taste best. 

The apple filling can be made using many varieties of apples, although some of the varieties best suited to apple pie include gala, golden delicious, granny smith, and honey crisp. 

Notably, red delicious is contraindicated, as it reputedly does not make a quality filling, but rather turns into a viscous vat. 

The filling is made with peeled and minced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, and nutmeg. 

The first step in preparing the filling is to mix all the ingredients in a bowl, save for the lemon juice and the minced apples  

Once the other ingredients are thoroughly mixed, the apples and lemon juice can be added to the mix and stirred until the apples are evenly covered in the mixture. 

After the pie crust has been arranged in the baking dish, the filling can be scooped into place and covered by another layer of crust. 

Depending on the recipe our readers consult, pies can be baked at varying temperatures and for different amounts of time.  

Apple pie is best served warm with coffee, milk, or tea. 

What is the nutritional content of apple pie

On average, a 125-gram serving of apple pie will provide: 

  • 296 calories
  • 2.4 grams of protein
  • 14 grams of fat
  • 43 grams of carbohydrates, of which; 2 grams are dietary fiber, and 20 grams are sugar.
  • 251 milligrams of sodium
  • 81 milligrams of potassium 

Additionally, apple pie can provide modest amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. 

Is eating apple pie healthy? 

When consumed sporadically and in moderate portions, apple pie should have no detrimental effects on a person’s health. 

Enjoying it regularly is not recommended, as it has a high amount of calories, sugar, and fat

Store-bought apple pies may be baked with added sugars and additional volumes of salt as preservatives, which may make them detrimental to a person’s health if they’re consumed often. 

Apple pie is contraindicated for diabetic patients, those diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, and obesity. 

To summarize, apple pie is a classic dessert that should be consumed sparingly. 

Other FAQs about Apple that you may be interested in.

Do apples need to be refrigerated

Can you freeze apples?

Can you freeze apple slices?

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve explored the query: “Can you freeze an apple pie?” Also, we’ve explored how an apple pie can be frozen, how apple pie is made, what the nutritional content of apple pie is, and is eating apple pie healthy? 

References

https://www.nutritionix.com/food/apple-pie

https://www.pillsbury.com/everyday-eats/desserts/pies-tarts/how-to-make-apple-pie#01

https://www.pillsbury.com/everyday-eats/desserts/pies-tarts/how-to-make-pie-crust-from-scratch

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/food-types/different-fats-nutrition/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-happens-in-your-body-when-you-overeat-just-once

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.