So, it isn’t exactly a meal but since I was peeling and slicing apples and fall is quickly approaching us in the north east, I figured, what better better thing to kick off freezer “meals” than APPLE PIE??!! Here’s the deal, this time of year you can find a good deal on apples. from pick-your-own (and I don’t mean tourist holes) to roadside stands, there are many deals to be had. If you are looking for a few great ones I have found, just ask.
I got apples for $0.31#. Yes, really. However, I have not found a way to keep fresh apples, well, all winter. I can get them to last 1 or 2 months if I am lucky. Now, obviously, in store or year round you are not going to find that kind of a deal. I buy in bulk and freeze. One of these days I will tackle canning but yeah, so not happening right now.
Place 2 piece of foil into your favorite pie plate laying opposing directions (forms a +), add 2 layers of plastic wrap the same way. Heap the pie plate full of sliced apples as if you were going to bake a pie, then put them in a bowl, and toss with whatever dry ingredients you normally put in your pie. Wrap and freeze.
When you are ready to bake it all you need to do is put it into a pie crust (apples still frozen) that you have sprinkled a little sugar in, add any wet ingredients you use, then put your top crust or crumb topping in place and bake as normal, adding approximately 10 minutes to bake time.
Instead of $4-$6 worth of apples my winter apple pie will be made with approximately $1 worth. Oh, and it passed my mom AND husband’s apple pie taste test. Neither knew it was pre-frozen.