islandjim1 at comcast.net
Tue May 27 23:06:29 EDT 2008
Got no idea what you're storing the apples for, but have you
considered drying them? A dried apple is much more versatile than a
cold-storage apple. It also takes up a lot less room and keeps a whole
On May 27, 2008, at 7:56 PM, Mark Dorogi wrote:
> My understanding regarding apple storage is that you want the
> temperature at or slightly above freezing and the humidity near
> 100%. I stored some last fall in the drawer in the bottom of the
> fridge, sealed in ziplock bags to keep the moisture in. They kept
> quite well.
> But that was only 20 or 30 apples, so you are right. What would I
> do if I got 500 good apples? Go out and get a couple used fridges?
> Well, maybe one big fridge in the garage would work. It wouldn’t
> have to run that much in the cool/cold weather, but it would keep
> the apples cold during any warm spells (storage life goes down
> rapidly as the temperature goes up). I’m not sure if the humidity
> level would be right, but I suppose that could be managed.
> I wondered if one of the local friendly small supermarkets had a
> walk-in cooler where I could trade a few apples for some storage
> SE Michigan
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> ] On Behalf Of Doreen Howard
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:37 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Thinning
> My apple and Asian pears are totally loaded with fruit, too. We had
> an infestation of those nasty biting black flies from the northern
> Wisconsin lakes this spring. They blew in with all the Canadian
> fronts we keep having every other day! Plenty of honey and bumble
> bees, too.
> I figure if I thin to one per cluster and space 6-7 inches apart,
> I'm still going to have a huge crop, with seven antique apple
> varieties, a Golden Delicious for universal pollen, a Pixe Crunch
> and Honey Crisp. Then there are two Asian pears.
> With the price of produce, I'm thinking about storage issues for
> this bumper crop. Both my husband and I eat an apple for lunch
> every day, and I use them to cook, too.
> What is the best way to store apples? Our basement never gets below
> about 55F, even though it may be -20F outside. The garage has two
> walls that are common with the house and warmer. It rarely dips
> below 15F in the middle of garage and is about 10 degrees warmer at
> the heated walls. Would crates of apples with moist sand in the
> bottom of each work?
> Any and all ideas are appreciated.
> Doreen Howard
> WI-IL Border, Zone 4b
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