Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can damage lettuce and other produce.
Cut apples quickly turn brown; the use of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a common and effective treatment. Ascorbic acid can be purchased where canning supplies are sold; follow the directions on the package.
Apples keep best in your refrigerator, preferably in the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag.
Cut or sliced apples should be covered and refrigerated if they are not eaten within 2 hours of preparation; this reduces browning and maintains quality.
Do not try to store apples with bad spots or worm holes. Wrap each apple in a piece of newspaper; place several wrapped apples together in a plastic bag tied with a string or twisty. The plastic bag keeps the apples from drying out and the paper helps absorb moisture from any apple that may spoil. Store the plastic bags of apples in boxes in a cold storage area of 35 to 40°F (1.7 to 4.4°C). Apples stored this way will stay crisp and flavorful throughout the winter.
Freezing apples for use in future uncooked desserts, a syrup pack is recommended. Apples for cooked desserts can be prepared with either a sugar pack or unsweetened dry pack. In either case, apples can be stored in rigid plastic containers, plastic freezer bags, or glass jars made specifically for freezing. Apples will maintain a high quality for 8 to 12 months at 0°F (-17.8°C).
Apples are high in acid which inhibits the growth of bacteria, making them ideal candidates for canning.
Apples are considered excellent candidates for dehydrating. Dried apples can be stored in sealed plastic bags or airtight containers. The apples color, flavor, aroma, and nutritive value will start to decrease after a year. Well wrapped dried apples can be frozen; the quality and flavor will last for 2 years.
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