- Buy apples that have been kept cold.
- Look for firm apples; smaller apples may be your best bet, as larger apples tend to ripen more quickly.
STORING & PREPARING
- Store apples in plastic bags in your fridge crisper (apples ripen 8-10 times faster at room temperature). Properly-refrigerated apples can have a shelf life of 90 days or more.
- Fruit bowl savvy: apples produce ethylene gas while ripening, which could affect fruit stored close to apples (except pineapples, tangerines, and oranges, which aren’t sensitive to ethylene gas).
- To minimize browning (oxidation), prepare apple dishes just before serving. Protect cut apples by dipping them in a solution of one part citrus juice and three parts water.
- Three medium-sized apples weigh about 1 pound.
- One pound of apples, cored and sliced, is about 4 1/2 cups.
Which Apples to Choose?
- Best apples for Baking (the kitchn)
- Best apples for Cooking (the kitchn)
- 15 of the Best Apples to Eat Out of Hand (the kitchn)
Adapted from Food for Thought: Healing Foods to Savor.
More tips, strategies, and techniques to help you
out in the kitchen . . .
- APPLES: Selecting, Storing, and Preparing
- GINGER: How to peel, chop, and grate
- GRAINS: How to cook (UC Berkeley Wellness); Handy Chart! (Popsugar)
- HERBS: Keep herbs fresh and prepare them like a pro
- LEMONS & LIMES: How to zest
- MANGOES: How to cut a mango (National Mango Board)
- SQUASH: How to cut and cook
- VEGETABLES: 60+ Healthy Way to Cook Vegetables. Discover healthy ways to cook your favorite vegetables from acorn squash to zucchini (A to Z) using this helful infographic.(UC Berkeley Wellness)