You can get some really great deals on regional or local fruit, if you're willing to buy 20 or 40 pounds at a time. This is what we do, but we have trouble keeping the fruit fresh. I have no extra fridge room, nor a cellar (wouldn't that be nice), and just keeping the boxes in the house isn't cool enough. This is easier to solve in the winter, when temps are cool outside. I try to store fruit outside on the back porch and have tried multiple ways: in cardboard boxes and styrofoam coolers. The critters figure this out right quick. Last year, I woke up in the morning to find this:
The culprit was this very satisfied squirrel:
So here's my new method. I store the fruit in a cooler on the back porch. If I had two coolers, I could store more fruit. I have kept those egg crate type sheets that go in between layers of apples. I use them as I fill the cooler layer by layer with the apples from the box. This can be done with pears, oranges, etc.
How do you store your fruit? Perhaps you are blessed with a cellar or a dark, cool food pantry. If so, I am very happy for you, for that is a blessing!
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