Handling and Storage
How to Store Your Apples After Picking to Maintain the Best Flavor and Crunch
Carefully select your Pennsyvlania Apples:
- For the best flavor and crunch, select apples that are firm to the touch, have a good aroma, and are free of exterior blemishes and bruises
- After picking, handle & store apples gently to prevent bruising.
Store your PA Apples with care:
Refrigeration is key to keeping your apples tasting their best and maintaining firmness. Never store apples on a countertop. These storage tips will help you to enjoy your apples longer:
- Refrigeration slows the ripening process of apples and maintains their flavor, so get them in the refrigerator as soon as possible
- For longer-lasting goodness, store apples in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. A temperature of 34° F is ideal.
- Refrigerating apples can help them last up to 10 times longer – typically from 4 – 6 weeks
- Chilling apples keeps their antioxidants active. Studies have shown that antioxidants may aid in disease prevention.
- If you’re store apples in a plastic bag in your refrigerator, mist them periodically to keep them fresh and juicy.
- Store apples away from strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
Browning is a natural process that happens when apples are exposed to oxygen. While browning doesn’t impact the taste of the apple, you can take simple steps to keep your sliced and prepared apples looking fresh
- To slow browning, coat apple slices and dices in vitamin C-fortified apple juice or in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water
- Serve and eat within two hours, or refrigerate immediately until use.