How Long Do Apples Last?

How long can you store apples? Fresh apples last for 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature, 1 to 2 months in the refrigerator, and up to a year in the freezer. Compared to other fruits, apples do have a relatively long shelf life and you can easily store them in the fridge to further maintain their freshness.

How do you know when an apple goes bad?

An apple has gone bad when you see soft spots and bruises on it, a change in color (discoloration or turning to yellowish-brown), has wrinkled skin (drying apple), has liquid oozing out (rotten apple), and smells funky. A fresh apple is usually harder and firm when hold in hand, has a bright skin color, and smells juicy. When you cut open an apple, fresh apple tends to be juicy and crunchy, whereas a softer or mushy texture usually indicates a bad apple.

How long do apples last at room temperature?

An apple lasts for about 5 to 7 days at room temperature. The freshness and nutritional content of the apple will start to degrade after a week at room temperature. The apple will start to become mushy or wrinkled if it is stored longer than a week at room temperature condition. Depending on the temperature, if you are staying in a colder country, apples can last slightly longer (up to 2 weeks) at room temperature.

How long do apples last in the fridge?

Apple usually lasts for 4 to 6 weeks (sometimes up to 8 weeks) when it is stored in the fridge. Just like some other fruits and vegetables, apples continue to ripen even after they are plucked off from the tree. Apples emit a gas, called ethylene that causes them to continue ripening. The emission of the ethylene gas slows down when apples are stored in colder temperatures, like the refrigerator (usually below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius).

How long do apples last in the freezer?

Apples maintain their quality and last for 10 to 12 months in the freezer. They will maintain their freshness and are safe to eat as long as they are stored in the freezer with a constant temperature at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) and the freezer bag is not damaged. Properly stored frozen apples can still be safe to eat even after 12 months although their best quality is before that. If you see dry spots or discoloration on the frozen apples, this could mean that freezer burn has started, the apples are still safe to eat but the texture and taste will degrade.

How long do apples last in cold storage?

Temperatures in cold storage range from 32 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 4 degrees Celsius), apple can last in cold storage for 2 to 4 months under ideal conditions. The cold temperature of the cold storage slows down the emission of ethylene gas that could cause apples to ripen faster. It is important to monitor the room temperature of the cold storage so that it is maintaining the optimum temperature for apples to last and remain fresh longer.

How long do apples last after you cut them?

Just like any other fruit, after an apple is cut or sliced, it can remain fresh for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature and it is best to eat before that. Cut and sliced apples should be stored in a sealed bag or airtight container and kept in the refrigerator and they remain fresh for 3 to 5 days. Cut or sliced apples can easily turn brownish because oxidation of the phenolic compounds in apples starts once it is in contact with oxygen in the atmosphere.

Why do apples last so long?

Apples typically last longer than other fruits because they have relatively thicker skin that prevents them from bruising during transportation or storing. Properly stored apple at low temperature has a much slower rate of the ethylene gas emission that causes them to ripen faster. Some people believe that some merchants treat the apples with chemicals that can further slow down the emission of ethylene gas, thus preventing the apples from turning bad.

Best way to store apples?

The best way to store apples is by keeping them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Apples last longer in cold temperatures ranging from 32 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 4 degrees Celsius) and humid environment (90 to 95 percent humidity). Some crisper drawers allow humidity control by open or close the vent of the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. This allows control of the humidity inside and at the same time allowing airflow that helps ethylene gas to escape out of the crisper drawer. You can spray the apples with water every few days if you see signs of drying that cause the skin of apples to wrinkle.


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