How To Store Apples | Apple Fruit Bags
Crisp and delicious, apples are readily available year-round, but autumn is their peak season. Here’s how to keep them fresh:
1. Keep them whole
As soon as you cut into an apple, the flesh starts to slowly turn brown from the oxygen in the air. A little lemon juice or vinegar will help to slow that process and your apple will be fine so long as you eat it shortly, but there's no stopping it. You can keep them whole until just before you eat, use them in a recipe for the best shelf life or you can store them cut up in The Swag and they'll stay fersher for much longer - naturally.
2. Keep them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator
Apples continue to ripen even after they are picked. They emit ethylene gas that continues to soften the skin and flesh day after day. Keeping apples cold and in a dampened Swag helps to slow the emission of this ethylene, so place your apples in Swags, in the bottom crisper drawer of your refrigerator to keep them cool, breathing and hydrated and they'll stay fresher for much longer.
3. Keep them separate from other fruits and vegetables.
The same gas that ripens apples can also ripen other fruits and vegetables that they are near which is another reason why The Swag is ideal for apples. Apples give off ethylene, which causes vegetables like lettuce to spoil faster, so try to keep apples in a separate Swag to your lettuce. However, The Swag significantly slows down the ripening of apples because your apples are actually able to breathe. Therefore, you'll have a lot more time up your sleeve to eat them!
4. Room temperature is fine, but only for a little while
Apples can keep reasonably well at room temperature for five to seven days. However, we suggest to keep your freshly purchased, firm apples in a slightly dampened Swag in the fridge until the day before you're ready to eat them. Then, move your apples from The Swag into your fruit bowl and they'll be ready to eat as soon as hungry hands reach for them.
5. To keep apples fresher longer, refrigerate immediately
To keep your apples fresh and crisp for a couple of months, you need to refrigerate apples immediately after purchase and pop them into their snuggly, slightly dampened Swag sleeping bags. Keep bags slightly damp and replace Swags every two or three weeks with (dampened) clean Swags and throw the other Swags in the wash.
Practical tips for storing apples effectively
Damaged fruits are more likely to go mouldy quickly and infect the entire crop, so make sure you only store firm, unblemished apples in The Swag. Check the apples that you have stored regularly and remove any damaged ones as soon as you can.
Apples have a longer shelf life than most other fruits and vegetables, so storing apples to keep them fresh is pretty easy. Should you store apples in The Swag (in the refrigerator) or on the benchtop? Well, it depends on two factors - the first factor is how much refrigerator space do you have and the second factor is how quickly are you planning to eat the apples.
The best place to store your apples is iwithin the fruit and vegetable crisper drawer at the bottom of your fridge. When you store the apples in this section of the refrigerator in The Swag, they'll last a lot longer - naturally.
Also, when you buy apples, examine them to make sure they are not bruised. Apples that are bruised can spoil pretty quickly, especially if they are kept on the counter.
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Apple
A big part of apple freshness is having the right fruit to start with. Below are our favourite tips to ensure you get the perfect apples and start your quest for fresh the right way.
1. Check the apple’s firmness
Pick up the apple and it should be firm to the touch. Gentle pressure shouldn’t yield too much and you must avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discoloured, or indent easily after you press the skin.
2. Visually examine the apple
As you check firmness, turn the apple completely in your hand to check for the quality of the skin and the overall way it looks. Some marking on the fruit is natural and doesn’t signal a bad apple, but if the apples have noticeable bruising or obvious signs of decay, then they aren’t going to provide the best eating experience and should try to be avoided unless used in cooking immediately.
3. Get to know your apple varieties
There are an ever-increasing number of apple varieties available today and you should get to know the characteristics of your favourites. Commit to memory their colour, size, shape, and overall appearance. You’ll quickly learn which apples are best for baking and which are better for fresh eating, as well as those that are great for either. Selecting an apple that best fits how you’ll use them at home is essential in having a great apple eating experience.
4. Glance at the colour of the apple
Although colour is not the best indicator but it can be helpful when selecting fruit. Red varietal apples with green backgrounds e covered mostly by red or pink-orange hues will be sweet and delicious. Apples with this colour have absorbed lots of sunlight which leads to great flavours.
5. Give your apple a sniff
A fresh, high-quality apple should have a pleasant aroma. This will vary variety to variety, and some will have a stronger fragrance than others.
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