A Simple Trick for Keeping Your Apples Fresh for Longer

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Chances are, your annual fall pilgrimage to pick apples results in lugging home a lot more fruit than you can eat in just a few days. Or perhaps you just get overly excited when faced with a grocery store sale. Either way, at some point, you’ll probably have far too many apples in your kitchen just waiting to go bad. One key to keeping them fresh until you can eat them? Humidity, according to Food & Wine.

There’s a reason that grocery store produce shelves are misted with water regularly throughout the day. The extra moisture can keep fruits and vegetables fresh, reducing the amount of rotten food that has to be thrown out. The humid air keeps the produce from losing water, preventing shrinkage.

Apples are one of those fruits that can benefit from high humidity. The ideal storage environment for apples involves a temperature of between 30°F and 35°F and relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent.

If you don’t have a cold, damp cellar on hand to keep your apples moist, stick them in the fridge wrapped in a damp paper towel. You can also leave them in a plastic bag, but make sure to poke a few holes in it to let out the ethylene gas that apples give off as they ripen. If you can, keep your apples in a crisper drawer in the fridge, since that will stay more humid than the rest of your fridge. Just be careful not to store them with other produce that's sensitive to ethylene gas—like strawberries—since the gas given off by the apples will cause that other produce to rot faster.

If you’re at a grocery store, chances are you’re buying apples that have already stayed fresh for a long time. Controlled-atmosphere storage—keeping fruit at tightly controlled temperatures and oxygen and humidity levels—can keep apples tasting fresh for months, even up to a year after harvesting. That’s why you can enjoy apples year-round, though they’re largely harvested between July and October.

In the future, apples might be able to last even longer. One day, we might have an edible coating that can keep them fresh, like Apeel, a produce-preservation coating that has been developed for avocados.

[h/t Food & Wine]

Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

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If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

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Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

LapGear
LapGear

If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

Find out more about LapGear’s lap desk here on Amazon.

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