How to store Bramley apples

Here is how I store my Bramley apples:

– Undamaged apples are wrapped individually in newspaper and carefully placed in a large crate. I use cardboard crates found in the vegetable aisle of my supermarket. The crates can be stacked on top of each other and stored in a cool place (garage, shed, loft). Check your crate(s) regularly to ensure mould is not spreading.

Р Slightly damaged apples would go bad very quickly if they were stored as above so I store them in the freezer. Here is what I do:

Prepare a large bowl of water with about 1 teaspoon of salt (this will help prevent the apples from turning brown). Peel and cut the apples in large chunks, removing any blemishes, and place in the salty water.

When the bowl is full, take handfuls of apples, shake any excess water and place on a dry, clean kitchen towel.

Place the apples on a tray and place in the freezer, slightly apart so that they do not stick to one another.

After a few hours or overnight, place the frozen apple chunks inside a plastic bag, dated and labelled. I keep mine throughout the year until the following harvest.

The apples thaw rather quickly but will have a soft consistency and contain a lot of water.  So take a few thawed chunks in your hands and give them a good squeeze to remove as much water as possible before cooking them in pies or stewing them.