André Baranowski

These spiced apples make a great foundation for apple pie or Strudel. Adding citric acid and freezing the apples allows you to preserve them for up to six months, and freezing them in one- to two-cup batches makes them easy to defrost in small amounts. See the step-by-step gallery »

Yield: makes About 8 Cups


  • 6 lb. golden delicious apples (about 15 medium apples)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 12 tsp. powdered citric acid
  • 14 tsp. ground cloves


  1. Set a colander over a large bowl. Line the colander with 3 sheets of cheesecloth. Grate apples into the colander using the large holes of a box grater. (The apple juice should drip through the cheesecloth into the bowl.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, citric acid, and cloves. Add the sugar mixture to the apples and gently toss to combine.
  3. Gather together the ends of the cheesecloth and wring out the grated apples, draining excess juice into the bowl. Divide the apples into 1–2-cup portions and transfer to freezer bags. Press the air out of the bags, seal, and freeze. Use within 6 months.