Apple Storage Tips
- Store unwashed apples in the coldest part of your refrigerator
- For best results, keep your refrigerator at 33 to 35 degrees with some humidity to reduce shriveling.
- Sort through your apples often and remove any damaged ones to use for juice or sauce. One bad apple can spoil the bunch!
- Don’t store apples with strong-smelling foods like onions and garlic. Apples can easily take on the odor of those foods.
- You’ll also want to keep apples away from potatoes as they release a gas as they age which causes apples to spoil.
- To store an entire box of apples, consider a second refrigerator or keep the box in a cool, dark place. Wrapping each apple in paper will provide additional protection and delay ripening.
- Read our blog to learn 6 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Apple
How To Freeze Apples
Freezing apples is a great way to enjoy the fruit at a moment’s notice for smoothies, snacking, and more. We’ve outlined two different methods you can use to freeze apples:
- First, wash, peel, and core each apple. Use sweet apple varieties for best results.
- Next, cut the apple into even, thin slices. A medium apple yields 12 slices, while a large apple yields 16.
- Brush the slices with a water-ascorbic acid mixture, or a lemon juice and water mixture. This prevents the fruit from browning.
- Then, choose your freezing method: syrup pack, dry pack, or your own method.
- Syrup Pack: Mix 2 cups of sugar in 3 cups of cold water in pot and bring to a boil. Once the sugar dissolves, place apple slices in the boiling syrup for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and cool. Pack the apples into freezer safe bags. Remove excess air. Freeze. These slices will remain good for 6 or more months.
- Dry Pack: Place the apple slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Freeze until solid. Remove and pack into freezer safe bags.
Ideas for Using Apples
- Toss a fresh apple (skin and all) with other fruits and your green of choice (like spinach or kale) in a blender for a quick and healthy breakfast smoothie
- Use apples to make a beautiful and edible table centerpiece like this one from our blog
- Sweeten up a green salad with fresh apple slices
- Use apples in creative snacks for your children to enjoy
- Enjoy apple slices with your favorite “dip.” Peanut butter and Greek yogurt are two tasty and healthy choices.
- Make homemade apple chips for a quick and easy snack
- Roast apples with squash, onions, spices, and a veggie or two. Then, blend into a warm and filling soup.