Every variety of true apples belongs to the sweet-smelling rose family. Since the average apple only has 80 calories, many health conscious snackers opt for this fruit. If you have a bounty of apples or just a few, you should keep them fresh until you are ready to eat them. A fresh apple has a crisp outer layer and sweet, dense fruit.
Until recently, I kept my apples in a decorative bowl on my counter but I’m the sole apple lover in my home, so many went soft before I could eat them. According to Real Simple, this isn’t the best method for apple storage. Actually after just a few days apples can lose their flavor and even become mushy or mealy. So what’s the best way to keep apples fresh?
Keeping Apples Fresh–Longer
- Examine your apples for tears, holes or evidence of critters. If you see any of those you should toss them out. You want a firm apple with no evidence of bruising.
- Rinse the apples under cool water and rub them dry. Slide the apples into a clean storage bag but don’t seal it. You want the apples to have ventilation. Sealing the bag will lock in gases that cause decomposition. Now turn the refrigerator’s thermostat to 32 degrees F. This is the optimum temperature for food storage.
- Re-examine the apples every couple of days. If you spot an apple going bad, toss it out. One bad apple will rot the whole bunch. Some varieties of apple like Wealthy can be stored perfectly for a week. Hardier varieties like McIntosh can last for several months. For firmer, fresh fruit, don’t store any other fruits or veggies with apples. The gases these foods emit naturally will quicken decomposition.
Enjoy your apples longer with proper storage!
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