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"Apple Storage 101: Keeping Apples Fresh & Flavorful

At the Apple Truck, we are frequently asked for advice for storing apples. Storing apples properly is extremely important to keep them fresh and flavorful for as long as possible. Here are a few guidelines:

  1. Temperature: Apples should be stored in a cool place, ideally around 30-40°F (-1 to 4°C). Avoid storing them near heat sources or in direct sunlight, as this can cause them to ripen and spoil too quickly.

  2. Humidity: Apples do well in moderately humid conditions, around 90%. If the air is too dry, they can become shriveled and lose their crispness.

  3. Ventilation: Allow for some airflow around the apples. Don't store them in a sealed plastic bag, as this can trap moisture and promote rot.

  4. Separation: Apples give off ethylene gas, which can cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen and spoil faster. Store apples away from other produce, or consider using separate storage compartments.

  5. Sort by Ripeness: If you have different varieties of apples with varying ripeness levels, store them separately. This prevents the ethylene gas from overripe apples from affecting the others.

  6. Check for Spoilage: Regularly inspect your stored apples for any signs of spoilage. Remove any apples that are bruised, damaged, or starting to rot to prevent them from affecting the rest.

  7. Use Refrigeration: If you have a large quantity of apples and want to extend their shelf life, you can store them in the refrigerator. Place them in the crisper drawer or a produce drawer, ensuring they are in a perforated plastic bag or in their original packaging with some ventilation.

  8. Freezing: If you have more apples than you can consume before they start to deteriorate, you can also freeze them. Peel, core, and slice the apples before freezing. You can use them later for baking or making sauces.

  9. Avoid Storing with Potatoes: Apples and potatoes should be kept separate as they can release gases that affect each other negatively.

Remember that the storage duration can vary depending on the condition of your apples and the variety. Less sweet and firmer varieties last longer than softer, sweeter varieties--this is why the Granny Smith apple is frequently used in restaurants and seen in gas stations--they last forever. It's always a good idea to use your senses (look, feel, and smell) to assess the freshness of the apples before consuming them.

These tips will help you enjoy your fresh Michigan apples for several weeks. Enjoy!


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