[NAFEX] Apple Storage?

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sun Sep 11 19:01:49 EDT 2005


Hi,

Thanks.

I thought it would work for small volumes of apples.  Just need to trap  
the CO2 atmosphere, and leave it alone.

Thanks again.

Later,
Tom


On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 17:48:05 -0500, Heron Breen <breen at fedcoseeds.com>  
wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> There is current usage and ongoing research on pallet-sized CA storage.  
> What I mean
> by this is very similar to what you want to try. A bin (15 bushels?) of  
> apples is
> sealed in some sort of bag and some sort of small CA system is either  
> employed, or
> the atmosphere is injected/sealed in at the beginning. My state research  
> station
> was working with this just a few years ago (2). Maybe calling yours  
> might help, or
> calling mine at Highmoor Farm, Monmouth Maine 207-933-2100. If that is  
> the wrong #,
> sorry, and try a call to the operator. University of New Hampshire or  
> Cornell would
> probably have lowdown as well.
> I think something similar would work,
> Heron Breen
> zone 4, Maine
>
> On Sun Sep 11 12:18 , 'Thomas Olenio' <tolenio at sentex.net> sent:
>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> I understand that commerical apple storage uses a carbon dioxide
>> environment.
>>
>> Could a family cold room, or root cellar do this as well?
>>
>> Put the bushel of apples in a lawn/leaf plastic bag, set off a
>> carbondioxide bomb  in the bag (baking soda/ vinegar in 2 liter bottle),
>> hold the plastic bag up to hold the CO2, remove CO2 bomb, then close
>> plastic bag tightly.
>>
>> Not sure if the CO2 will stay pooled in the plastic bag, or if it would
>> help storage.
>>
>> Anyone know?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Tom
>>
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