How to Store Your Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

Tim Parry


It’s that time of year again! Here are some tips on how to store your apple pie so it will be perfect for Thanksgiving.

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Most people think that baking an apple pie is the hardest part of making Thanksgiving dinner. But the truth is, the real challenge comes after the pie is baked and cooling on the counter. How do you store it so that it will still be delicious when it’s time to serve dessert?

Here are a few tips:

-If you have time, allow the pie to cool completely before storing. This will help prevent condensation from forming on the surface of the pie and making the crust soggy.
-Wrap the pie tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help keep it fresh for longer.
-If you want to freeze your pie, do so within 24 hours of baking. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then place it in a freezer bag. Thaw frozen pies overnight in the refrigerator.

What You’ll Need

1 pie dish
1 large sheet of aluminum foil
1 small sheet of aluminum foil

Before you begin, make sure your pie dish is clean and dry. If it’s not, wash it with warm soapy water and dry it thoroughly.

Line the pie dish with a large sheet of aluminum foil, making sure to press the foil firmly into the corners and sides of the dish. You want the foil to be as close to the dish as possible so that no air can get in.

Next, take your small sheet of aluminum foil and create a makeshift “lid” by folding it over a few times until it’s about the same size as your pie dish. Place this on top of your pie, making sure that it’s secure and that no air can get in.

Place your pie dish in the refrigerator and allow the pie to cool completely before storing. When you’re ready to serve, simply remove the aluminum foil “lid” and place your pie in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

Step One: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the mixture into the pie dish. Dot with butter.

Step Two: Cut Out the Pie Crust
On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into strips. Weave the strips into a lattice top. Trim the strips and press onto the edge of the pie. Crimp or flute the edge.

Step Three: Bake Your Pie
Bake the pie for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Step Two: Prepare the Pie Crust

The next step is to prepare the pie crust. If you’re using a store-bought crust, you can skip this step. Otherwise, follow the recipe below.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
2. Add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix until everything is well combined. The dough should be crumbly but come together when you press it between your fingers.
3. Divide the dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight).
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step Three: Fill the Pie

After you’ve rolled out the dough and fit it into your pie dish, it’s time to fill it with the apples! Here’s how to do it:

1. Start by peeling and slicing the apples. You can use any type of apple you like, but we recommend Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.
2. In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
3. Pour the filling into the pie dish, and mounded it in the middle.
4. Dot the top of the filling with butter.
5. Place the second pie crust over the top of the filling, and press down around the edges to seal it. Make sure to cut a few vents in the top of the crust so that steam can escape while baking!
6. Now your pie is ready for refrigeration or freezing!

Step Four: Bake the Pie

If you are baking your pie in advance, follow these steps to ensure that your pie is perfectly fresh for Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
3. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely.
4. Once the pie is cool, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Step Five: Remove the Pie from the Oven

After your pie has finished baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. This will help the filling to set and make it easier to slice your pie. Once the pie is cooled, you can transfer it to the fridge to store overnight or serve immediately.

Step Six: Let the Pie Cool

Let the pie cool before serving. This will help the filling set up and make the pie easier to slice. If you’re in a hurry, you can let the pie cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack. Otherwise, let it cool completely on the counter.

Step Seven: Serve the Pie

After your pie has cooled, it’s time to cut and serve. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut through the crust. If the crust is sticking to the knife, you can warm it up briefly in the oven ( about 10 minutes) to make it easier to slice. Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!


Assuming you’ve made it through all of the baking and have a delicious apple pie cooling on your counter, there are a few things to keep in mind when storing it. First, if you plan to serve the pie within two days, simply cover it with plastic wrap or foil and store it in the fridge. Otherwise, place the whole pie or individual slices in freezer bags and freeze for up to two months. When you’re ready to eat, let the pie thaw overnight in the fridge or for about an hour on the counter. And there you have it — the perfect apple pie, stored and ready for Thanksgiving!

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