Actually, I have no experience storing apples, but I’m trying to determine the best method. Remember that scene in The Road where the dad is all psyched, because he found numerous apples for his boy that kept inside some hay in a barn? You HAVE read The Road – right? They’re like making it into a movie and shit – read it now. Hell, it even made Oprah’s Book Club. How often does a TEOTWAWKI book make Oprah’s list?
Where was I? Apples – yes! We have a few older apple trees at the back of our property. The apples, because they’re not sprayed with toxic chemicals, aren’t the prettiest things ever, but they’re fully edible and actually taste OK. In the past these apples have just fallen to the ground for the deer to eat. In my quest to reduce my family’s reliance on others for our family’s food, and seeking to limit our intake of nasty chemicals that kill bugs, I figured I’d better start tapping this resource in our yard. I mean, just look at ’em:
I conducted an online search for the best storage methods for apples, but most of the results were just “cool, dry place” or “in the refrigerator’s crisper” crap. Personally, I don’t call the refrigerator a storage solution. I think of the green approach to SHTF preps, and that approach means forget electricity. To that end, the best article I found was this one from Backwoods Home Magazine.
The best method, it seems, is to wrap the apples individually in black and white newspaper (never use color). THEN store them in a cool, dark place. Some apples are better for storage than others, such as Jonathan apples. The key is they need a thick skin, which my apples have. What my apples DON’T have (which is crucial for storage) is very few imperfections, holes, etc. Remember, they’re not sprayed, so they’re not pretty. Apples in perfect shape store best. I can’t find many of those.
What I really need is an apple picker:
Sorry, I meant FRUIT Picker – yes, a Fruit Picker. One of those would help – a lot! Hint: Use the SHTFblog Amazon search bar for your Amazon shopping so I can save up for one – or just make a Paypal donation and I’ll buy one. ;-) You see, my efforts didn’t yield much – at all, and the tree isn’t all that great for climbing. See – three that met the decent qualifications, were ready, and that I could reach:
Apples apples everywhere, so few I can get to eat. I’ll let you know how long they last like that.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Do YOU have a secret apple storage technique? Tell me about it.
Also, here’s another, more developed news article on Texas teachers packing heat.