Pinspired: Keeping Apples Fresh for Snacking or Packed Lunches

apples in water
From The Yummy Life

My kids love apples, but aren’t to the point where they will just pick one up and eat it. It has to be sliced so they can avoid the skin, which ironically has the most vitamins in it. I usually buy those pre-sliced bags to pack in their lunch or have on hand for snacking, but I started wondering why those didn’t brown. What chemicals were they using? So I did some research and found a few other methods to do it yourself, saving money and preserving the healthy benefits of the apples. My kids love knowing that I soaked an apple is Sprite- all of a sudden it’s a dessert!

The Yummy Life had these tips on how to keep apple and pear slices from browning.

1. Soak them in a bowl of cold salt water for 3-5 minutes. Not too much salt, or it effects the taste of the fruit. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt per 1 quart (4 cups) of water.

2. Soak them in a bowl of cold lemon water for 3-5 minutes. This is better than squeezing the lemon juice directly on the fruit, unless you don’t mind the fruit tasting really lemony. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 1 cup of water.

3. Soak them in a bowl of Sprite, 7-Up, or a similar lemon-lime, carbonated soda for 3-5 minutes. I don’t know if there’s really citrus in these sodas, and I don’t know why this works; but it does.

4. Sprinkle them with Fruit Fresh. This is a citric acid powder that most stores have with their canning supplies.

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