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Apples can be kept for months, given the right variety and conditions. Here's how to store apples for the winter:
It's almost easier to say which apples do not store well. In general, softer , thin-skinned tpes like Gala and Delicious (red and yellow), do not age well or store well. Summer varieties (early ripening varieties) again, like Gall, also do not store well. You want harder, later ripening varieties. There is a table of most common apple varieties at the bottom of this page and a see this page for a more detailed chart, organized by ripening date, of apple varieties. It also identifies which apples store best.
The apples need to be bruise-free!
Typically, three or four months. After that, they start to dry out, get a wrinkled appearance and become softer and more spongy feeling. Still good to make applesauce or apple butter, or even dried apples.
These are critical:
While a walk-in fridge or root cellar is ideal, an unheated basement, an enclosed, unheated porch, an heated garage that does not freeze, an unheated attic, will also work well.
The boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze.
Periodically (weekly, at least) unwrap a few apples to verify for spoilage. Look for dark or wet spots as a sign.
Remove spoiled apples and any contaminated newspaper
Below is a table of typical storage durations under
ideal conditions gathered from various university extension
|Storage life of some common
at 30-32°F. and 90-95 percent relative humidity
|Variety||Typical storage life|
|Granny Smith||3-5 months|
|Northern Spy||3-6 months|
|Arkansas Black||3-6 months|