In British Columbia, apples are harvested from August until late October. Within hours of being picked, they are taken to a packinghouse and prepped for storage.
This isn’t just a refrigerated room. Inside this facility, the oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as the temperature and humidity are all set to optimal levels to ensure maximum longevity and freshness. In these conditions, apples can stay fresh for up to a year.
But how do we keep our apples fresh after we take them home? Actually, it’s fairly easy. Here are three tips for keeping your apples crisp and juicy.
Wrap Them Up. You’ve heard the saying, “one bad apple spoils the bunch”. Well, it’s true. If one apple starts to rot, any apple that’s touching it will also start to go and before you know it, they’re all gone. In order to avoid this, wrap each apple in brown paper or newspaper to keep them separate. Paper is better than plastic because the apples can still breathe.
Keep Them Cold. Store your apples in the fridge or another cold place. Be careful not to store them in an uninsulated shed or garage if you live in a place where temperatures drop below zero. You want cold, not frozen apples.
Eat Them Up. The best way to keep your apples fresh is to eat them quickly. Buying them more frequently ensures that you’re getting the freshest apples. Apples are removed from controlled atmosphere storage as stores demand them so there’s a good chance that the ones you buy this week were in special storage until just recently.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll have fresh, crisp apples all year long.