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 Cold storage of fruit indoors and outdoors 
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Post Cold storage of fruit indoors and outdoors
I just finished my last apple yesterday. I noticed that the tool shed has been getting warm recently. I think that maybe next year I will take them out of the tool shed and leave them on the North side of the house in the shade about March 1st, and leave them in milk crates so that critters don't eat them. Do other people have preferences about indoor or outdoor cold storage?
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John S
PDX OR


Sat May 04, 2013 5:16 pm
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Post Re: Cold storage of fruit indoors and outdoors
Last year I had so many Asian Pears and apples (GoldRush and Rubinette) to store that I ended up doing a variety of storage techniques. I cook and freeze some Asian pears with cinnamon/brown sugar for later consumption. However, I also try to store as much as possible in the fridge either the everyday kitchen fridge or a small spare one in the basement. I also stored additional Asian pears (and maybe some of the greener GoldRush apples??) in cardboard boxes in the basement though I would rotate them into the smaller fridge as space became available. The basement stays around 50F during the winter. I focused on consuming the Rubinette apples and Shinseki and Chojuro Asian pears first. The GoldRush apples and Olympic Asian pears definitely need some cold storage time to enhance flavor. This year I definitely lost some to rot (mostly Asian pears) by January since I was not eating them fast enough. Eventually, I shut down the small fridge (saves energy!) and put the remaining GoldRush apples in a bucket and stored them outside under a covered patio since it didn't seem like we'd have hard/long freezes. This also allowed them to ripen up since they were green ones. I am now using up the frozen Asian pear "sauce" but I have resorted to buying grocery store fruit. Otherwise, I went most of the winter w/o needing to buy fruit!


Sun May 12, 2013 7:22 am
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Post Re: Cold storage of fruit indoors and outdoors
Nice strategy redberry. I find Don Bae Korean Giant Asian Pear to be an outstanding keeper. I picked them up off the ground when they broke the branch and cold stored them until April or May. I agree that they arent' the best flavored, but when they keep that well, that can be their niche. I may make some sauce this year. One mistake I made with the Asian pears last year was to collect them only when they fell, so none lasted very well and many rotted. I need to get a bit earlier on them this year.
John S
PDX OR


Sun May 12, 2013 9:35 pm
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