Fall season is apple-picking time for many, which can lead to a bounty crop of fresh apples. When left on a kitchen counter, fresh apples can last for as little as two days before going bad. So try this trick instead: Wrap each apple in a small piece of newspaper. Wrapping the apple in newspaper helps prevent them from bruising one another; bruising speeds up the ripening process and turns fresh apples into rotten ones very quickly. After wrapping each apple, place them in a cardboard box and store them in a cool dark place like a refrigerator or a basement.