Thursday, October 20, 2011

Apple Picking: How to Keep Apples Fresh

I've made good on one item on my fall list and went apple picking. We came home with more than 60 pounds of apples! So, how to keep them fresh? Thankfully, many years ago, a cashier at the County Line Orchard, where we always go, told me how to keep apples fresh for weeks:

Place apples in Ziploc bags along with a moist paper towel, seal and keep in the fridge. We have found that they last well into December that way!

People often ask what we do with all the apples - nothing really, we eat them! Most of the apples we pick tend to be smaller than the ones you get at the grocery store, and they are therefore perfect for the kids' school lunches. So for the next two months we don't have to worry about the fruit serving in the brown bag.


  1. Very useful information to have! I get tired of fruit spoiling before it's eaten so I'm going to put up a note to remind myself for the next bag. The only thing I knew to do before this was just to peel, slice and freeze (which I've been known to do by the bushel) for pies, crisps and cobblers. Lots of work, but worth it come January and March! :)

  2. Hmmm, I don't think we could eat that many apples. I just cut 'em up, sprinkle on sugar and cinnamon and freeze them. Then if I want a pie, apple crisp, etc. I just pull out the pre-measured bag. I also make applesauce. thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the handy hint. We usually just stick them in the basement refrigerator and pull them out for applesauce and pies. But then again the ones I pick are usually for cooking rather than eating, so they don't have to remain at the peak of crispness.

  4. kristykjames - I admire your apple prep stamina! I'm sure it makes for nice pies in the winter.

    Lisa - good prep idea!

    Julie - putting them in the bags keeps them crisp for eating. If you're "just" cooking them it's probably a different story.