Properly stored, an apple will remain crisp and flavorful, for months and
months and months. Improperly stored, apples will keep for months. In other
words, apples store well. Sure, some apples store better than others. But
in general, this is a fruit with a long shelf life.
As we all know, apples are harvested in the fall. The apples we find in the
store in mid winter, are kept in cold storage, until just before they are
placed on local store shelves. They are kept fresh in ideal temperature and
At home, chances are they won't be around long enough to worry about storage.
Place a basket of attractive apples (like the one pictured above) on the
kitchen table or counter, and they disappear in short order.
If you have a small supply of apples, they can be stored in the vegetable
tender of your refrigerator. Want to save money and buy a bushel at a time?
No problem! Put the bushel into a cool or cold garage. If it's still warm
in your area, the basement might be cooler. In general, the cooler the
temperature, the better. Many people can store apples in the garage right
into winter. As long as it is above freezing in the garage, your apples can
be stored there.
Sometimes, despite all of your best efforts, you just can't use a bushel
of apples fast enough and they begin to age. The first signs of aging is
when the apple peel begins to soften and shrivel. At that time they are no
longer appealing for eating fresh, but may still be good for applesauce and
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