McIntosh apples are known for sporting a delicious dark red and crimson colors, a crunchy bite, and a white, fleshy interior. Its flavor is direct, typically sweet but with refreshing acidity, and a hint of wine – often referred to as “vinous”. McIntosh apples keep reasonably well in the store, and even though its flavor decreases in quality quite rapidly, its overall flavor remains quite pleasant. However, having said that the best way to partake in that venous sugar rush is plucking an apple straight from the tree.
How to Store
– Store immediately in the coldest part of the walk-in cooler (lower shelf and farthest away from the entry door).
– This fruit is very susceptible to damage from the heat of the kitchen. Warm temperatures will cause the texture of the flesh to be mealy and soft.
– Store exposed product away from drafts from the cooler fan. Always keep in the original cartons or the original bags. Exposed fruits will shrivel and rapidly dehydrate.
– Do not stack product on top of the cases or cause the apples to be crushed.
– Remove any fruits with decay, damage or those that begin to mold immediately.
– Follow good rotation practices, first shipments received should be used first.
– Fresh apples have an expected shelf life of 6-7 days. Plan to rotate frequently to maintain maximum quality.
– Prepare as needed. Try not to use the product from the previous day.
– Avoid placing apples on non-sanitized kitchen counter tops to help prevent the potential for cross contamination.
– Always limit the time the product is out of refrigeration.
– Give apples a quick cold water rinse in a sanitary colander and drain well immediately prior to usage.