What You Need
- apples, refrigerator
Look for bruises
First, make sure your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/ingredients-guide/apples-00000000... aren’t bruised, which usually means mealy, flavorless flesh underneath.
Check for ripeness
Flick an apple near its stem: If the sound is hollow, the apple is a bit too ripe. Listen for a dull thud, which means you’ve found perfectly ripe fruit.
Store in the vegetable drawer
Store apples in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. They’ll last about two to three weeks.
Now that you have perfectly ripe fruit on hand, try one of our delicious <a target="_blank" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popu... recipes</a>.