Check stored apples regularly
Throughout September and October we pick apples for storing, so always have stewed apple on the go, a big bowl of eating apples and enjoy baked apples two or three times a week, all winter long. We have tried many ways of storing them over the years, but have found that a set of galvanised metal drawers, originally used for rearing thousands of factory chicks, work superbly. Apples store best at about 2-3°C with some humidity, but kept from freezing. The two biggest problems are drying out and rotting. We do not bother to wrap them individually, but do handle them very carefully to avoid any bruising. It is a good idea to check them at least weekly, and any with the slightest sign of damage should be either eaten or put out for the birds.
Ensure the fruits are well spaced and ventilated, so rot can’t spread
Keep a close eye on apples, as they can deteriorate all too quickly