This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Many believe that some packing material should be used in the barrels to keep apples from bruising each other; but we have never known this to be necessary when the apples were sound, and properly barreled. After the apples are in, they should be subjected to a pressure by the lid, to the extent of even pressing some of the fruit into each other. In good air-tight barrels, they will not move or bruise each other. It is only after the air gets to the bruise by the pressed-in apple, that decay follows; while the two apples are pressed together they will not rot.