Whether making an apple pie for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other special occasion, event, or even a potluck at the office, it’s nice if you can plan ahead, and make your pie early. Problem is, you don’t want it sitting out too long, so the best thing to do is to freeze it until you’re ready. Freezing apple pie baked or unbaked is not a difficult task, but there is a way to do it correctly. Let me show you how.
First, some quick and basic pie storage tips:
|Refrigerate pies containing eggs||Be aware that pumpkin, custard and cream pies do not freeze successfully.|
|Fruit pies keep at room temperature for two days||you can store them, loosely covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days longer. (In warm climates, always store fruit pies in the refrigerator.)|
|You can freeze both baked and unbaked pie crusts.||An unbaked crust will keep for 2 months in the freezer; a baked crust will keep for 4 months.|
|To thaw a baked pie crust||unwrap and let stand at room temperature, or heat in the oven at 350°F for about 6 minutes.|
|Don't thaw unbaked crusts||bake them right out of the freezer.|
|To serve a frozen double-crust pie||unwrap and thaw at room temperature for 1 hour. Heat pie at 375°F on the lowest oven rack for 35 to 40 minutes or until warm.|
Freezing Apple Pie Unbaked
Now, it is possible to freeze the pie dough, after you have made it, and shaped it into disks, as well as the pie filling, after you’ve prepared the fruit and already sugar, spices and thickener.
But this is NOT recommended.
You have to remember, if you do it this way, you still have to thaw out these components and make the pie.
The best method is to MAKE the complete pie first, up until its time to bake it, then freeze it. That way, when you’re ready to make it, take it out of the freezer, place in the fridge, let it thaw overnight, then bake it!
King Arthur Flour has an easy to follow way to freezing apple pie, the proper way.
Freezing Apple Pie [King Arthur Flour]
Now, to answer a commonly asked question first, YES, you CAN freeze apple pie (or any fruit pie, for that matter), after you have already baked it. It’s really quite simple. Keep reading…
Freezing Apple Pie Already Baked
We’re going to do this in TWO EASY STEPS. Ready?
First: After you’ve baked your apple pie (again, this pretty much applies to any fruit pies), let it cool to room temperature on the counter, or more specifically, a cooling rack (see – cooling racks).
Next: Seal the pie well. I recommend using a good quality, plastic freezer bag. Just make sure all the air is pulled out, as best you can. I have heard some even use a straw to suck out all the air you can, before sealing. Tie it up tight, use a marker to label what kind of pie it is on the plastic, the date you made it, and if you have room, some simple baking instructions. Makes it easy, unless you like fishing through recipes, weeks down the road trying to remember how you were supposed to bake the pie?
If you have multiple pies to freeze. DO NOT STACK THEM. Until that is, they have frozen, then feel free to pile on!