Shelf Life of
Apples

How Long Do Apples Last?

How long do apples last?

Apple Shelf Life

How long do apples last? The shelf life of apples depends on a variety of factors, since there is not usually a sell by date, the only date you can go by is the purchased or picked date. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, and proven health benefits, apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world and can be eaten right off the tree or cooked in hundreds of different ways. Remember, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” because of their high fiber and vitamin content while having very few calories.

So, how long do apples last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh apples past their sell by date is approximately:

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Fresh Apples lasts for 2-4 Weeks 1-2 Months
Packaged Fresh Cut Apples lasts for 3-5 Days
Applesauce lasts for 1-2 Months (Unopened) 1-2 Weeks (Open)
Apple Pie lasts for 1-2 Days 4-5 Days




This range is broad because apples may be purchased, stored and prepared in many different ways, each which can result in a different expiration date. It’s also hard to tell how long of a shelf life they already had at the grocery before they arrived in your home. Also, there are so many different varieties ranging from soft and sweet to crisp and tangy. The firmer varieties, like Granny Smith, last longer than the softer varieties, like Golden Delicious.

Of course, apples last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, apples, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or so you have to use the date purchased to calculate the expiration date of apples.

How to tell if apples are bad, rotten or spoiled?


Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your apples have gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad apples are a grainy, soft interior and wrinkled skin along with discoloration and bruising. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled apples, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your apples prior to the eat by date.

How to store apples to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help apples keep fresh longer by storing them in your pantry or refrigerator drawer. Once apples are prepared, apples should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Although fresh apples will turn brown when exposed to air, a squeeze of lemon or lime will prolong the fresh white color and a vacuum seal will further prolong discoloration. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Some interesting facts about Apples:

  • There are 7500 varieties of apples!
  • The state of Washington grows the most apples in the United States.

What to do with too many apples about to go bad?

Save your apples before they are rotten apples with one of these simple recipes:

  • Put a little water in a pan and add sliced, peeled (they don’t have to be peeled but are nicer to eat) apples and cook them for about 5-10 minutes until soft and then pour out any excess water and add a touch of butter (if desired) and some cinnamon (sugar too if desired) – serve warm as a yummy side dish.
  • Apple Crisp makes a quick dessert – butter a pan and throw in some sliced apples (again, peeled is best) and then spread a mixture of oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, soft butter and a touch of cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or so.

How long are apples good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do apples last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, apples last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish, but fresh apples will probably be the first ingredient to turn brown. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the below search!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long do apples last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of apples.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the apple shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!