When selecting apples:
- For the best flavor and crunch, choose apples that are firm to the touch.
When storing apples:
- Slow ripening and maintain flavor by storing apples in the refrigerator.
- For longer-lasting goodness, keep apples chilled in your refrigerator's crisper drawer. A temperature of 34° F is ideal.
- Keep in mind that when apples are refrigerated, they can last up to ten times longer than those left at room temperature.
- Proper chilling of apples keeps their antioxidants active. Studies have shown that antioxidants may aid in disease prevention.
- If you're storing apples in a plastic bag in your refrigerator, mist them periodically to keep them fresh and juicy.
- Make sure to store apples away from strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
When serving apples:
- To slow browning, coat apple slices and dices in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water – or vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice.
Proper Handling and Storage