Winter apples are also stored in rye and in fresh rye straw, which is not dried for the threshing of the rye, because after drying on the threshing floor it acquires a peculiar odor. It must be cut fine, the size of oats. Dry thoroughly on a hot, clean stove-bench, or even in the oven. Spread out the apples in the prepared boxes, thickly interspersing them with straw so that they do not touch each other at all. Keep them in the winter in the basement, inspecting them every month and a half. If the straw becomes damp, repack them with fresh straw prepared the same way.