How to Store Apples in the Winter

Overview

Apples are harvested in the fall, but they can be enjoyed any time of year. If you find yourself with an abundance of apples at harvest time and know you won't use them up immediately, you can store them over winter. Storing apples is a simple task, but there are guidelines to follow to make sure they will remain fresh through the winter months and beyond.

Step 1

Sort your apples carefully and remove any debris and attached leaves. Do not bruise the apples, and if you find apples that are bruised or nicked, do not store them with the others. In this case, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch. Prepare apples for storage as soon after harvesting as possible.

Step 2

Place the apples in the cardboard box in a single layer, and then place a layer of paper toweling on top. Add one more layer of apples. Do not go higher than two layers, as there needs to be good air circulation between the fruit.

Step 3

Place the box with apples in a cool area where the temperature remains between 30 and 45 degrees. An area with high humidity, such as a cool basement or root cellar, is ideal.

Step 4

Store a few apples in your refrigerator in a plastic bag with some air holes. The bag helps keep some humidity around the apples.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not store your apples near potatoes, as the potatoes release a harmless gas that will make apples age and spoil quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box with ventilation holes
  • Paper toweling
  • Plastic bag with small holes

References

  • Oregon State University Extension Service: Picking and Storing Apples and Pears
  • Purdue University Consumer Horticulture: Storing Apples For Winter
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.