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 »
- 6 lb. golden delicious apples (about 15 medium apples)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp. grated nutmeg
- 1⁄2 tsp. powdered citric acid
- 1⁄4 tsp. ground cloves
- 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.)
- In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, citric acid, and cloves. Add the sugar mixture to the apples and gently toss to combine.
- 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.