How can I preserve the color of fruits like apples and peaches in frozen unbaked pies?
Special treatment is needed to preserve the color and flavor of fruits, such as apples and peaches, in products like unbaked pies.
Apples: Steam apple slices 2 minutes, cool, and drain; or dip raw apple slices into a solution of one-half teaspoon ascorbic acid to 1 cup water. Apples for four or five pies can be dipped into this amount of solution.
Peaches: Peel peaches without scalding and slice. Mix peach slices with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or ascorbic acid solution by dissolving one-fourth teaspoon ascorbic acid in 1 tablespoon water.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009