Here’s the situation: You finally perfected your banana bread recipe. But after just one day, the loaf has gone sad and stale and whyyyyyy, universe, why?

Here’s a secret trick for keeping baked goods fresher, longer--using something you probably already have in your fridge.

What you need: An apple and an airtight container.

What you do: Slice the apple down the middle, and place half of it in the container with your banana bread. Store the whole thing on the counter and go about your day.

What it does: The moisture from the apple keeps the baked goods fresher for longer--up to two to three days longer. (Just be sure to check on it each night, to make sure the apple isn’t starting to rot.)

And what should I do with that other half of the apple? Here are 107 ideas.

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