How Long Do Apples Last?


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5-7 days
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1-2 months
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10-12 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do apples last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep apples in a dry area.
  • How long do apples last at room temperature? Apples will generally keep well at room temperature for about 5 to 7 days; longer storage at room temperature can cause the apples to shrivel and lose flavor and crispness.
  • To extend the shelf life of apples, refrigerate in a plastic bag.
  • How long do apples last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, apples will usually keep well for 1 to 2 months in the fridge.
  • The shelf life of apples can be extended to 6 months or more if the apples are stored in an area where the temperature is between 30°F and 40°F with high humidity (difficult to find in most households).
  • Can you freeze apples? Yes: (1) Wash, peel, core and slice apples; (2) Coat apples with a solution made of 1 teaspoon of ascorbic acid for each 6 tablespoons of cold water to prevent darkening; (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do apples last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - apples that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if apples are bad or spoiled? Apples that are spoiling will typically turn brown and mushy; discard any apples if mold appears or if the apples have an off smell or appearance.

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