Storing Your Apples

    Apples have good keeping qualities. Handle them lightly - a little care on your part helps them retain their sweet crispness and juiciness. When you get them home, sort them and use promptly, any apples with bruises and skin breaks.

    Store small quantities in your refrigerator, in plastic bags in the crisper - between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't keep them close to the freezing compartment. That's too cold.

    You can keep larger quantities in a cool basement; a cool spot in a garage will do up until freezing time.

    Because apples can absorb odors from other foods stored in the same area, keep apples in plastic bags. The plastic helps apples retain their own moisture. A dampened paper towel placed over apples also helps retain moisture.

    Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated. One or two days sitting on a countertop and the fresh crunch of your apples is lost forever.

Freezing Apples

    Wash, peel and core apples. Slice directly into plastic bag or freezer container. When filled, exclude as much air as possible and seal.