According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit off of an apple tree, they’re concerned for any given orchard’s longevity. (Quickest way to drown ’em out? Feed them apple pies.)
Consequently, I end up with a lot of apple varieties every fall, all at once, which turns my kitchen counter and crisper drawer into something of a ticking time bomb. This year, I was determined to extend the lives of this innocent fruit from peak apple season through the winter months. So, I did some research about the best way to store apples for maximum freshness. Here are three long-term storage tips for freshly picked apples (or those that you’ve just picked up from the grocery store).