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Bethany's picture

Freezing an Apple Pie (post #63377)

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I baked an apple pie today planning on freezing it tonight till xmas eve. My sister just told me that a baked apple pie cannot be frozen. This can't possibly be true can it? I also made a pumpkin and pecan that I was going to freeze tonight. Is this OK? Now I'm nervous.


Just a reminder: I am NOT a baker.


 


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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63377, reply #1 of 26)

I wouldn't freeze a baked pie either.  Freeze it unbaked.

MadMom's picture

(post #63377, reply #2 of 26)

I was going to bake a cherry pie before Christmas...could I save some last-minute hassle by making it today and freezing it unbaked?  If so, would I bake it from frozen, and at what temp?  I hate to sound so stupid, but have never done this.  Guess it's sort of like buying one from Sara Lee or something, right?

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Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #19 of 26)

MM, see my last post for info. 


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

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Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #3 of 26)

Well what am I supposed to do now??? I have 3 pies here!

 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63377, reply #4 of 26)

Christmas eve is not too far away -- I would try holding the pies in a cold (but not freezing) spot -- colder than a fridge, if you have such a spot.  Mine would be the garage.  Then, bring them inside that morning, let them come to room temp, and then freshen them up in a 350* oven for 20 minutes or so before serving.  It won't be quite as good as fresh baked (or baked from frozen), but it should still be better than store-bought!


 


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Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #5 of 26)

This is horrible. A disaster!!!! I'm almost in tears now!!!! :-( I had no idea! Today was the only day I could do this. I have 3 freaking xmas eve parties to go to so I couldn't do it then. I have 16 people + 8 kids coming to dinner. Dessert is obviously ruined.

 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

MadMom's picture

(post #63377, reply #6 of 26)

Bethany, I don't think dessert is ruined.  I would do as suggested, and put them in the fridge until time to serve.  You might even think about reheating them in the oven Christmas morning; I don't know how that would work, but it makes sense to me.  You would be heating them just enough to "freshen" them up a bit, but not enough to burn them to a crisp. 

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #7 of 26)

Don't panic! Although it's preferable to freeze unbaked pies (edited to correct: should say "unbaked fruit pies), your pies will certainly not be ruined if you freeze them now. Many people freeze their already-baked pies. Just wrap them tightly in foil and plastic wrap. Do not thaw them on the counter, but place the frozen pies in the oven and bake until thawed and the crust is recrisped (watch the crust carefully so the edges don't burn - if they start to brown too much, cover with strips of foil).


edited to add: Or do as MM suggested, ie, leave them in the refrigerator, then before serving, bake briefly to recrisp the crust.



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst


Edited 12/20/2004 5:30 pm ET by Meryl


Edited 12/20/2004 8:51 pm ET by Meryl

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Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #8 of 26)

OK.... so they wont turn to mush if I freeze them? I'm not sure about the fridge. That would worry me....  would they get stale? Besides, I have a 19 lb turkey and a 10 lb ham in there. I hardly have room for milk, let alone 3 pies. :-(

 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #9 of 26)

Unless they're already mushy, I don't see why they would turn to mush when defrosted. I've never personally frozen a whole apple pie, but many people have done so with no problems. I have frozen leftover slices, and they were fine when defrosted. Again, I suggest throwing them right into the oven from the freezer to thaw and recrisp. Meanwhile, I'm sure you'll be getting some more advice on this from the other CT-ers here.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #10 of 26)

I feel better now. :-) As of now I will do exactly as you say. Hopefully it will work well for all 3 pies. The apple is so beautiful I would die if it was ruined. The other two are OK, but it's hard for a pumpkin and pecan to look "beautiful". Pecan pie is gross, I make it for my grandfather every year. <GAG>

 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #11 of 26)

The only pie I would be concerned about is the pumpkin pie - sometimes custardy pies get watery when defrosted. I've heard mixed opinions on this, so maybe you should keep that one in the refrigerator?


"Pecan pie is gross, I make it for my grandfather every year. <GAG>"


I hate pecan pie also!



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #13 of 26)

OK... I will keep that one in the fridge.


 THANK YOU!!!!!!


 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #15 of 26)

You're welcome! Let us know how they turn out.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63377, reply #12 of 26)

You didn't mention pumpkin.  I thought we were talking apple pie.  I don't think I would freeze a pumpkin pie.

Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #14 of 26)

I did too. You only read your own posts. Go look at my un-edited first panic stricken post. :-))


 


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Edited 12/20/2004 6:22 pm ET by Bethany

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63377, reply #16 of 26)

I only read the first half.  sorry

cookie1's picture

(post #63377, reply #22 of 26)

I wouldn't panic, I froze apple pie slices several weeks ago and retrieved them after a week and they were none the worst. I not so sure that freezing a baked pie is a no--no!

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Adele's picture

(post #63377, reply #23 of 26)

Bethany!  Just freeze them.  No big deal.  Warm them up in the oven after they defrost and you'll be just fine.  


edit:  Adele, read the entire thread first!


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!


Edited 12/21/2004 10:21 am ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

venturedone's picture

(post #63377, reply #17 of 26)

I freeze baked apple pies all the time.  No problem.

 

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Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #18 of 26)

Hey Bethany,


Here are some additional tips from Pillsbury. (Although they say pumpkin pies may be frozen, I think you're better off NOT, due to the runniness that may occur when thawing):


PIE TIPS


Can I freeze pies that are assembled, but not baked?


Some pies, such as pumpkin or pecan, must be baked before freezing. Fruit pies may be frozen before baking.


Follow these tips when assembling and freezing an unbaked fruit pie:


• Brush the bottom crust with egg white before filling to prevent sogginess.


• Add fruit filling, but do not slit the top crust.


• Cover the pie with an inverted paper plate, wrap it thoroughly, and freeze it for up to three months. When baking a frozen fruit pie:


• Do not thaw the pie.


• Unwrap the pie, cut slits in the top crust, and bake it at 425 degrees F. for 15 minutes.


• Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. and bake it for an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until the center is bubbly.


Can I freeze pies that are already baked?


Baked pumpkin, pecan and fruit pies may be frozen. Do not freeze custard pies, cream pies or pies with meringue toppings. Follow these tips when freezing a baked pie:


• After baking the pie, cool it quickly. Wrap it thoroughly and freeze it for up to four months.


• To thaw, unwrap the pie and heat at 325 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until the center is warm.


How should I store baked pies?


A fruit pie can be stored at room temperature for up to two days. All pies containing eggs, dairy products or meat (including custard or cream pies, quiches and main dish pies) must be stored in the refrigerator for no more than two days.


From Pillsbury


 



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #20 of 26)

You are a saint.... an absolute SAINT. I am totally at ease now. That was very nice of you to look that up for me. I googled "freezing baked pies" and I didn't come up with anything helpful. Just a bunch of people on a message board I've never heard of.


You bet I will think of you Xmas night during dessert! :-))


 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Meryl's picture

(post #63377, reply #21 of 26)

Aw, I'm blushing. I'm glad to help - I know how it feels to worry and panic - they're my two middle names! :-) Have a great Christmas.


 


 


 


 



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

meow's picture

(post #63377, reply #24 of 26)

:-) Have fun. I am sure it will all be FINE. I'm jealous that you get to cook that day!

 


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Bethany's picture

(post #63377, reply #25 of 26)

Jealous? OMG.... do you have any clue the stress I'm under? Hahaha.... I've been doing this since my grandma died in 1997 and every year it's just as stressful. Let's not even talk about the money.....

 


Pigtails are just about as much fun as hair can have. It's like a party for your head!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

meow's picture

(post #63377, reply #26 of 26)

I know it must be stressful. I guess I find it more stressful to travel and deal with relatives. (eye roll)

Anyway, I am sure that it will all be beautiful and everything! Have fun!

 


Singing The Magic Flute in English is like eating at the Olive Garden.

 

Singing Die Zauberflöte in English is like eating at the Olive Garden.