How to Store Apples for Winter


Autumn is the time of apples. Apple pie, apple cider and apple tarts often make an appearance at the dinner table. If you have your own apple trees or visit an orchard to pick the fruit, you likely have more apples than you can use at one time. Fortunately, compared to other fruits, apples have a relatively long storage life and you may be able to store them for the winter. While normal conditions in the home are rarely perfect for long-term apple storage, with a little planning you can find a way to keep the bounty of the fall harvest fresh.

Step 1

Line cardboard boxes with clear plastic sheets. Use painter's drop cloths, clear plastic mulch or clear trash bags as the lining.

Step 2

Wrap each apple in tissue paper or parchment paper. Set the wrapped apples in the lined box, stacking them up to three apples deep.

Step 3

Set the boxes in a room that is between 30 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a root cellar, unheated storage building or an enclosed porch. Avoid leaving the apples in an area that reaches freezing temperatures, as this will ruin the them.

Step 4

Inspect the stored apples every three to four weeks. Dispose or use any that are showing signs of spoilage, such as soft spots or shriveling.

Tips and Warnings

  • Only store apples that have no cuts or bruises. Damaged fruits spoil faster in storage and may speed the spoilage of the fruits stored near them.

Things You'll Need

  • Box
  • Plastic sheets
  • Tissue paper


  • Michigan State University Extension: Storing Apples
Keywords: winter apple storage, fruit preservation, keeping apples fresh

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.