Q. I made two apple pies for a big family celebration, but someone else also showed up with dessert. As a result, I have a whole pie left over. In fact, I have a lot of food left over and there’s no way I can finish it all. I worked hard on the pie and don’t want it to go to waste. Can you freeze apple pie?
A. You sure can freeze apple pie! Most pies can be successfully frozen, although they do tend to lose some of their texture upon thawing and may be a bit soggy on the bottom. Also, the crusts may not be as flaky as the original. Still, they shouldn’t lose their flavour and will still taste great.
How to Freeze Apple Pie?
Some people prefer to freeze pies before they are baked, freezing the entire pie in one piece with the fresh dough. That way, they can easily be taken from the freezer straight to the oven and baked according to the recipe, resulting in a pie that has the same taste and texture as a freshly made one. That’s because the crust hasn’t already been baked before being put in the oven for the first time. Be sure to slice venting holes in the crust to allow steam to escape during the cooking process.
Since that’s not the case here, it’s important to protect as much of the flavour and texture as you can when preparing an already baked pie for freezing. The first important step is to freeze the pie as soon as possible, to minimize the amount of time the wet filling sits against the crust to help it from becoming too soggy. To freeze a whole pie, tightly wrap the pie in aluminum foil or in a double layer of plastic wrap. Securing aluminum foil with an elastic can help stop it from moving and exposing parts of the pie. Placing the pie in a pie box once wrapped can add another layer of protection. Be careful not to place anything heavy on top of the pie in the freezer. Frozen pie should be consumed within 2-3 months for best results.
How to Defrost Apple Pie?
To thaw a frozen pie, remove from the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight. Place the thawed pie in a 375F oven for about 30 minute, or until warmed through. This will help bring the crust back to a more flaky consistency. Discard any leftover pie within 2 days.