Ben is addicted to Honeycrisp apples (aren’t we all?) and wanted to know how to keep them so he can indulge long after they are gone from the grocery store.
Luckily other people have wanted to know the same thing, so there’s plenty of helpful advice online. Here’s what I found.
This forum thread has a variety of advice ranging from:
- bagged in the salad drawer
- UNbagged in the salad drawer
- bagged but with all the air sucked out
- bagged with little holes poked in the bags
- in your basement
Everyone agrees that plastic bags is the way to do it, but whether the bag should be sealed, vacuumed, or holey, no one could agree.
This little article from Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture on The Home Storage of Apples is quite useful. I figure they are also a more trustworthy expert than random people on the forums! (They say the bags should be holey, ” for air circulation to avoid excess moisture build-up and allow gas exchange.”)
The most practical home storage device for apples is a refrigerator. Approximately 8/10 bushel of apples will fit in one cubic foot of space. However, only about 3/4 of that space should be filled with fruit; the other 1/4 volume should be left as air space for circulation. Use the available shelves so that air space is distributed around all the apples.
Relative humidity in refrigerators is quite low, particularly in “frost-free” types. It is therefore essential that apples be placed first in [perforated] plastic bags…Apples can be kept satisfactorily in cellars that are humid and cool (below 40°F). They may also be stored in unheated outbuildings if properly insulated with hay or straw to prevent freezing.
If I were you, I’d do a little of each, if money and space allows, just to make sure you have at least some precious Honeycrisp survive into the dark of winter. :)