Re: Storing apples...
You need to store the proper type of apple. Some are suited for long storage some aren't. Then go through and only store perfect ones...no brown/bruised spots. Very large apples also don't store as well. Then wrap each apple in black/white newspaper (not colored) and store them in a box not a bucket (as they need air flow). This will prevent the "one bad apple soiling the barrel". It's ideal to keep them in 30-40 F for storage throughout the whole winter/year long....however, most basements won't go that cold....so with each 10+ F (?? I think that's right) you drop your storage life by half.
Hope that helps. We grew up with a cellar in WA state so we always had apples this way. I would google which apple varieties store well.
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