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By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
When you want to send a cut up apple in a child's lunch, cut the apple in square pieces, leaving it together as you cut, then wrap a rubber band around it to hold it together. This keeps it from turning brown.
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By Elaine S. from Near Cedar Rapids, IA
Coat peeled apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning quickly. Or toss them into a basin of water with a pinch of salt in it.
There are at least a couple of common methods used to keep apples and other fruit from turning brown after peeling. One is lemon juice and the other is a salt water bath. This is a guide about using salt to keep apples from browning.
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What do I use to keep cut apple from turning brown?
By Jerry from Goldsboro, NC
If I peel apples and want to cook later, I put them in some water, just enough to cover them. I add lemon juice and two tablespoons sugar. Then I put them in the refrigerator. When I take them out I can just pour them into a pan and cook, with the liquids. You don't lose any flavor.
How do you keep sliced apples from browning?
I sprinkle lemon or lime juice on them. If I need to keep a bunch from turning, I put them in a zip bag and mix about 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice with 1 tablespoon water, pour in and seal up and mix around.
There is also a product at the grocery store called Fruit Fresh. I believe it's normally with the canning products. We use it on peaches.
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I cut a Gala apple in half, peeled it and put the peelings in a small apple size bowl, skin side down. Then I returned the other half atop the the peelings and then put it back in the fridge. It lasts for a week or so without turning brown. Serendipity.
By PamelaW from Sun Lakes, AZ
Tips for keeping apple slices and pieces from turning brown. Post your ideas.
Sugar water. It really works, and tastes quite yummy, too! (01/17/2005)
Dip apple slices in a lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. (07/08/2005)
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to anything you use apples in, it will keep them from turning brown.
By Jeanette Hamilton (07/08/2005)
I've heard you can dip your freshly cut apple slices in 7-Up to keep from discoloring. I've not tried this. Apple slices around here don't last long enough! (07/08/2005)
I have heard Sprite soda pop works, too. I usually have lemon juice on hand though and it works well. (07/08/2005)
Put the cut apple slices under a kiwi half to prevent the apple from turning brown. (01/17/2006)
By Clarissa M.
I have heard that salt is a good way to stop apples from browning. (03/15/2007)
A little salt in cold water keeps apples from oxidizing. As an alternative, lemon juice in cold water also works well. (09/26/2007)
Orange juice works well. (10/24/2007)
Pineapple juice works better than anything you come up with. I work in a school cafe. (01/23/2008)
Lemon juice works the best, and so does fresh fruit. (11/02/2008)