Last Updated on March 9, 2022 by Real Men Sow
If apples were the currency of England, I’d be a rich man. I’ve got bags of them already, and I don’t even own an apple tree. Everywhere I turn there are apples ready to be harvested, and I’ve been filling my boots at each opportunity. The trouble is, with so many are freely available and I wonder how to store apples in the winter.
Different apple varieties keep for different lengths of time, and in some cases storing can improve flavour. A good example is the D’arcy Spice, a heritage variety local to me that doesn’t come into its own until a good couple of months after harvesting.
Try to store as many cooking apples as possible so I can have a regular supply of stewed apples into winter.
How Should You Store Apples In The Winter To Keep Them Fresh?
1. Remove the Bad or Rotten Apples
When I’m storing apples, I first pick through them so I can pull out the ones with bruises or damage. Never store bruised apples with your good ones, even if the blemish is small, and only store the perfect apples.
I stew up the bruised apples with some caster sugar and use them as a compote for afters. The compote will keep in a container in the fridge for a week or so.
2. Wrap Apples in Newspaper and Don’t Let Them Touch!
To store the good apples over winter, you’ll need some newspapers. Wrap each apple in a sheet of paper, and place them on a tray or in a cardboard box.
Don’t let any apples touch each other as this will make them go bad quicker, and it’s important to keep an eye on your apples so that you can swiftly remove any that have become damaged.
3. Keep Apple in a Cool Temperature
The storage temperature needs to be cool but not frosty, and the atmosphere moist, so a shed or garage is a good place to keep your apples. Don’t be tempted to leave them in the house, as the temperature will be too high.
I’ve used these methods for several years now, and all my apples have always stored just fine. With a little bit of luck and effective removal of dodgy apples, you should be able to enjoy crumble and other treats well into the New Year.