Apples and apple products have much more uses than you'd think. Sure, they taste great and are great for us, but that is just the beginning. Read our clever "out-of-the-box" tips for using apples, and learn how to care for apples!
• Keep potatoes from sprouting - An apple in your bag of potatoes will help.
• Keep brown sugar moist - Place an apple in your brown sugar container.
• Keep cookies moist - Place an apple in your cookie jar.
• When you can't get a toothbrush - If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, eat an apple. Eating a raw apple will cleanse your mouth of more than 95% of bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Handle With Care - Picking The Best Apples
• Buy apples that are bruise-free and firm to the touch. Bruised apples can decay quickly.
• Handle apples gently to prevent bruising.
• Store apples in the refrigerator - refrigerated apples will last up to 10 times longer than those left at room temperature.
• Unbruised apples handled and stored well, can have a storage life of 90 days from when picked, and often more!
• Add lemon juice to an apple recipe if the apples you are using lack tartness or flavor.
• Apples emit ethylene, a naturally occurring gas that encourages ripening. Store apples in a plastic bag to prevent them from speeding the ripening of other produce items.
• Apples absorb odors easily, so store them away from foods with strong odors.
• Coat apple slices and diced apples in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water to retard browning.
• Generally, tart-tasting apples are best for cooking, while sweeter apples are preferred for snacking and for salads.