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My husband and I both love apples. And he would love to take apples slices to work to munch on throughout the day. But you know what happens when you cut an apple – it turns brown almost immediately. And buying those prepackaged packs of apples just doesn’t fit in the budget.
So I was excited to try out her method of cutting and storing apples without them browning. She had 4 methods in her post – salt water, lemon water, lemon soda, or citric acid. I tried two – the lemon water and the lemon soda.
First you need to slice your apples. I LOVE my apple corer/slicer. Mine came from Pampered Chef years ago but I have actually seen the same type things in stores. I use this ALL the time.
You press down and it cores and slices the apple in one step. Amazing! (Don’t know why the apple looks so yellow in this picture, it really was more white looking.)
Then prepare your mixture to soak the apples in.
On the left is lemon water – 1 TBSP of lemon juice to 1 cup of water. (I didn’t have a fresh lemon on hand so I used bottled lemon juice. Fresh squeezed lemon juice may work better.)
On the right is a can of lemon-lime soda (I used Sierra Mist) but Sprite or store brand lemon-lime soda would be fine too. (Super hard for me to say soda! I am a GA girl so everything is “Coke” here – but for this post I will try to remember to call it soda – LOL!)
Soak the apples for 3-5 minutes. I did one red apple and one green apple in each bowl just to see if the type of apple made a difference too.
I then pulled them out of the water and soda and let them sit for 10-15 min just to see what they would do. Here they are after sitting. Not really turning brown at all!
Lemon-lime soda apples…
Lemon water apples…
Then I bagged them in baggies, labeled them, and stuck them in the fridge.
This was about 6 hours later. A little brown but not bad at all.
And this was the next day. I think the ones soaked in the lemon-lime soda are a little better but honestly they are about the same.
But this is MUCH better than just cutting and sticking them in a bag without treating them at all. I know my husband and I would have no problem eating these at all.
So there’s my little science experiment! And I am looking forward to enjoying my own DIY cut apple packets – convenient, healthy and simple to do! Perfect for packing in lunches, taking on a picnic or even for preparing an apple tray to serve at a party.
Do you have any tips for keeping apples from browning?
Ever tried any of these methods?
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