How To Keep Apples From Browning in a Lunch Box

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Because of its affordability and year-round availability, apples are one of the favorite lunch addition for lots of children. But one issue that we often encountered when we share school lunch menu is ” How to keep apples from browning?”

Good thing there are more than two but many options to maintain the apples from browning while keeping them crisp and white the moment you slice them. And this method will allow you to cut and store sliced apples for longer hours, saving you time as you pack lunches for your kids.

I’ve learned that using citrus like lemons will keep apples or pears from oxidizing however, honey sounds like a much better alternative than using lemon or salt to keep the fruit fresher longer. This trick works well on veggies too. Check out this video from America’s Test Kitchen as they explain the process why.


Credit: America Test Kitchen

The trick here is very simple. Just grab 2 tbsp of honey and mix it to a 1 cup of water and soak your sliced apples or pears into this mixture. Your fruit will stay fresh and bright for up to 8 hours which is perfect if you need to prepare in advance and serve them later for a snack. I love the idea and it saves me lot of time when packing fruit in a container for a road snack or for school lunch.