The apple harvest in your orchard was good this year, or you picked up a great deal on apples at your local farmer's market. The question now is what to do with all the apples. Stored correctly, apples have a long shelf life and can be eaten well into the winter months. When choosing apples to store, select only the firmest and ripest fruit. Bruised apples or apples that have not matured will not keep well.
Wrap apples individually in a single sheet of newspaper. Inspect each apple before wrapping; those that are bruised should be preserved by a different method, such as canning or freezing.
Line a heavy cardboard box with a trash bag.
Punch a series of holes around the sides of the box and the top for ventilation. Use the point of scissors or a sharp knife. Space these holes 2 to 4 inches apart. Ensure that the plastic has been pierced also.
Stack the wrapped apples into the box and close the lid.
Store the box in a cool, dry environment. If a root cellar isn't available, a garage or unheated basement will work fine.
Check the apples weekly for any fruit that may be softening or rotting by examining the newspaper. If it is damp, remove the apples from the box.