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Simple Mom Hacks: Keep Sliced Apples from Browning Before Lunch

Just say no to brown apple slices! For sliced apples that won’t brown in the lunch box, this how-to tip from The Yummy Life is worth a shot.

The browning of apples happens almost instantly when they are cut open, so try the following to keep apples from turning brown when you slice them:

Immediately soak the slices in cold lemon water for 5 minutes, then store refrigerated in plastic ziploc bags. They are ready to go in the morning! If you are making apple pie or something that uses larger quantities, leave the apples in the lemon water until you are ready to use them (same day, not too long or they’ll probably taste like lemons!).

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  • i was just wondering how to do this this morning – and opted out of apples because i didn’t know what to do. will try this tomorrow! thanks!

  • that is really handy. I am a pretty picky eater, and dont like to eat the spots on bananas or the end nub of it, or fruit when it turns brown. I prefer to slice my apples rather than eat whole, easeir when traveling, but find that i dont because i dont like when they turn brown. Besides the discoloration, i find that it loses its’ crispinest.

    Now i just need to go out and buy some lemons, or lemon water.
    Thanks for the great tip.

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