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Oct 27, 2006 12:26 AM

what's the best way to store apples?

Just got a ton of apples from our farm share. What's the best way to store them? I usually just keep them in a paper bag at room temperature, but I have no idea if that's a good way.

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  1. As a child, I lived in a home with an orchard, which actually had an apple cellar - cool temp, and lasted throughout the winter - so I infer that cool temps are neded. I think of using a bag as accelerating the ripening process.

    1. Plastic bag in the refrigerator is the way to go. But for long-term storage you probably have to rely on commercial storage, and yours won't last for more than 6 weeks or so. Unless of course you make them into pies and crisps and freeze.
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      1. plastic bag in the refridgerator with perhaps a few holes poked in so the apples can b reathe.

        if you leave them out at room temperature they go bad faster..if you leave them in the fridge and there are no bad apples in the bunch you can keep them for a pretty long time

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          But don't store apples in the fridge if you're chilling your tulip bulbs in there. The ethelyne (ethelene?) the apples give off will rot your tulip bulbs.

        2. dark and cool. keeping them in a bag will speed up the break down as you trap the co2 the apples give off.

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          1. re: Veggietales

            They don't give off co2 if they don't get in oxygen. They kind of breathe like we do, only they stay preserved and don't die if deprived of oxygen.

            At one time, some apple growers would put apples in sawdust filled barrels that were stored in lakes until the spring thaw. The apples were in perfect condition when hauled out of the lake.

            Though that doesn't help the OP. Apples ripen and go mealy faster when left out at room temperature. They are one of the few fruits that need to go directly into the fridge to stay crispy ... or a cold garage or basement as long as the temperature doesn't drop to freezing.

            Keeping in a plastic bag that is preforated cuts down on respiration. The preforation keeps the too much moisture building up.

            If your crisper draw is humid, you don't need the plastic bag, but a lack of humidity will dry the apple and cause it to shrivel ... which is where the plastic bag helps.

            Some people wrap apples in newspaper and refrigerate. I tried that once and it didn't seem to make much of a difference.

            Apples pick up odors, so don't store them near something like onions. They give off ethylene, so you don't want to store them in the fridge in the same drawer of a fruit or veggie that ripens when exposed to that gas.

            That's why one rotten apple spoils the barrel. The rotten spots give off a lot of ethylene causing the apples nearby to ripen too quickly and rot.

            1. re: Veggietales

              Apples don't give off CO2 no matter what, and they do not "breathe"! Apples do not need carbon dioxide or oxygen to survive! They get all of their nutrients from the tree! The gas that they give off is due to the hormone ethylene that allows them to ripen, and as this gas is produced it triggers more ethylene to produce more gas, and so on (it's positive feedback!).

              Anyway, it would be more advantageous to store apples in a closed container under refrigeration. This way when they give off gas as they ripen, the gas won’t cause other fruits and vegetables in the fridge to ripen faster, and possibly spoiling them.

              1. re: anonymissK

                Apples get mealy qick unless stored in a cool place. They don't ripen off the tree

            2. I would have to agree with all the "cool and dark" advice. There is a room in the basement of my house where there is no insulation, so it is a little root cellar like. I keep my apples there in a plastic bin that has a lot of holes. I can usually keep them for about 2 months this way, after that they get mealy. Don't keep them on the kitchen counter, it is too warm there.