This is the best way to keep apples fresh for as long as possible

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There are few foods with such a perfect texture as that of an apple just picked from the tree. Fresh, crispy and a perfect mix of sweet and sour : that’s how you always want to eat them. Still, there is a good chance that that magical edge will disappear within a few days. What’s the best way to keep apples fresh?

How well you can keep apples fresh, of course, partly depends on the type and quality of the apple. Apples that are just not quite ripe when you buy them work best. If you buy overripe apples at the market, they are tasty, but they keep a lot shorter than if you pick them yourself in an orchard.

In general, Fuji and Granny Smith, for example, are apples that are easy to keep, because they have a relatively thick skin. The sweet Delicious and Gala apples, on the other hand, have a thinner skin. Also, large apples soften sooner than small ones.

Where do you keep apples?

Apples are best stored in a cool, dark place with high humidity. If you store them at room temperature, they will continue to ripen, so you can keep them for a shorter period of time. Between 0 and 4 degrees is ideal! The vegetable drawer of your refrigerator is a perfect place, but otherwise a cellar or shed will also work.

Important: do not put the apples in the drawer next to other vegetables! Apples that ripen give off ethylene gas. Some vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, are sensitive to this and ripen faster than intended. If you don’t want to, believe us.

If you don’t want to keep them too long, it’s best to put the apples in a plastic bag with holes in it. What also works is to put the apples loose in the vegetable drawer and cover them with a damp paper towel. That way they keep their juiciness.

Keeping apples fresh: this is how you do it

If you want to keep your apples fresh for a long time, choose to package each apple separately in a newspaper. The fact is that one bad apple causes the rest to go bad faster, and no one wants to throw away their entire stash with one bad spot. Packing your apples separately will prevent that. It is also important to regularly check that they are all still good.

If you really want to get it right, choose to store different types of apples separately. Each type of apple ripens at a different speed, and it is best to eat the apples that ripen the fastest first. But then you still have to know which ones they were…

The best apple recipes

Why are we such a fan of apple? There are many reasons for this, including the multi-deployability. Apple is very easy to add to savory and sweet dishes.

For savory dishes, think of an oven dish with sausages and leeks , delicious red beet soup with sour cream and dill , mini pulled pork burgers with apple and cranberry or a salad with fennel and cornichons .

Prefer sweet? You can of course go for the classic Dutch apple pie , but how about rice pudding with caramelized apples , a ‘Dutch baby’ with cinnamon and cranberry compote or these super-quick apple puff pastry tarts ? What you can not use fresh apple for!


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