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How to store apples

Overview

There are many ways to store apples, from keeping them fresh in the fridge for a few weeks, to long-term storage in apple crates. Early apple varieties, harvested between September and October - such as 'Beauty of Bath' and 'Worcester Pearmain' - don't tend to keep well and are best eaten within a fortnight of harvesting. If stored correctly, late apple varieties, harvested in November - such as 'Newton Wonder' and 'Ashmead's Kernel' - can last throughout the winter months.

Only store firm, unblemished apples, as damaged fruits are likely to go mouldy and infect the entire crop. Check your stored apples regularly and remove any damaged ones immediately.

The following storage suggestions will help you decide which option is best for you.


How to do it

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1

Place a few apples in a clear plastic bag - such as a freezer bag - and store in the fridge for up to a week. Use pre-used bags where possible.


2

To store apples over winter, wrap each one in a single sheet of newspaper and place them in single layers on a tray. For a cheap alternative to apple racks, use an old filing tray, adding more layers as you need them.


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3

If you have the space and a large apple tree, you may want to invest in an apple rack. Apple racks can store a large quantity of fruit, and enable air to circulate between the layers, so you don't need to wrap each fruit individually.



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fox18 24/11/2011 at 15:29

The feature on apple storing failed to mention the temperature the apples should be stored at. I wanted to know if I could leave apples wrapped in newspaper in my shed - can the apples suffer from very cold or very warm conditions?

Ed H 22/10/2013 at 21:18

My stored apples have been attacked by rats in the shed. Are they safe to eat as the rats have only eaten a few but have been running over the remainder?

fidgetbones 22/10/2013 at 21:21

Rats dribble pee all the time, and transmit Weils disease.

I would ditch the lot.

KEF 22/10/2013 at 21:32

Agree with fidget. Chuck them Ed.

That's also why we shouldn't drink out of bottles in a pub, often they've been left outside and vermin have been around them.   Dunno what happened to the milk bottles we had a school..

Foxhouse my apples are wrapped and stay in garage, so stay cool / cold. I have mouse bait in there and they are raised up of floor. I do check them often.

Val Millington 25/10/2013 at 12:00

If I am using the spupermarket apple trays with their cardboard/plastic indented liners, is it necessary to wrap them in newspaper to keep them?

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