How to Prevent Apple Slices from Browning
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Hello everyone! I am especially excited if you are visiting me for the first time today after seeing my segment on Studio5. WELCOME! A link to my Coconut Cream Fruit Dip recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.
Today I am sharing 3 different ways to keep your apple slices from browning, and you might be surprised as to which method works the best. This was kind of fun experiment for me. I actually did it twice because my kids wouldn’t stop eating all the apples before I could finish snapping my photos! Haha. I wanted to make sure you had a good time lapse and could see the change in the apples after a good amount of time has gone by. Each side-by-side photo below is comparing 2 hours versus 24 hours of time passed.
First off, we will start with the different methods. There is the classic use of lemon juice, which I am sure everyone knows about. Then I had heard that if you crush up a chewable vitamin c tablet, and dissolve it in water it would work, but the method that intrigued me the most was the salt, so let’s see how you do it.
1 TBSP lemon juice + 1 cup of water + 1 sliced apple. Soak 5 minutes.
The picture on the left is after 2 hours, the photo on the right is after 24 hours. To my surprise, the lemon juice actually worked the least. It still does a decent job, but it browned the quickest. You can of course put the lemon juice directly on the apples instead of diluting it in the water, but if you don’t like that added tartness to your apple, you might want to try one of the other methods below.
1 Emergen-C packet (tangerine or orange is preferable) + 1 cup of water + 1 sliced apple. Soak 5 minutes.
The picture on the left is after 2 hours, the photo on the right is after 24 hours. The Emergen-C packet worked the BEST out of the three methods. These apples were still spot free even 48 hours later (I should have snapped a photo.) It’s the same idea as the crushed up vitamin c tablet. The reason why this works is because it has citric acid in it which helps prevent the browning. You can also buy Fruit Fresh Powder, which is strictly citric acid.
1/8 tsp salt + 1 cup water + 1 sliced apple. Soak 5 minutes.
The picture on the left is after 2 hours, the photo on the right is after 24 hours. I hope you can tell by the picture that this was the 2nd best method of the three. The amount of salt is so small that you can’t taste it, but it works great! Salt has been used for hundreds of years as a preservative, and it definitely helps the apple keep from browning too quickly.
If I had to give my recommendation, I would say go for the salt! It’s the cheapest, most people have it on hand in their home, you use a tiny amount, you can’t taste it, and it works almost as good as the vitamin c packet. The only downside to the vitamin c packet is the added sugar and flavor because it is meant to be used as a fizzy vitamin drink.
How about you? Do you have any tried and true methods to keep your apples from browning that I haven’t talked about?
If you are looking for my COCONUT CREAM FRUIT DIP recipe, click the link or image below. It goes great with all fruit, apples included.
18 Comments on “How to Prevent Apple Slices from Browning”
You’re AMAZING AMBER! I can’t wait to try the Emergen-C ! This will be GREAT for school lunches! We live off of apples! Thanks for being such a great scientist! You saved me lots of work! xoxo – Brook
Hey Brooklyn! I’m happy to be the scientist. 😉 Enjoy your apples!
This was so great that I made an apple platter and ranted and raved about you today on my blog! Thanks again Amber! This is going to change my life! No more brown apples at our house! xoxo
That’s so great you were able to make those cute heart-shaped apples for the preschool class! 😉
I’ve always used salt. I just pour some cold water in a bowl, add some salt (I use more than you – probably 1T to 2 cups water). I don’t soak the apple slices, either – I drop them in as I cut them up, then when I’m done I just drain off the water. That’s it.
That’s great that you don’t have to be so technical about it! Thanks for sharing your technique!
I enjoyed watching your segment on Studio 5, and I’m looking forward to trying out your fruit dip recipe! I also wondered where you got the serving tray you used for the fruit and dip. It’s gorgeous and I want one! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Wendy! Thanks for watching the segment! I have a lot of people ask about the tray. You can buy it on Amazon It’s a Godinger Relish Tray.
I LOVE this tip! I can’t believe how easy it is. I never knew salt was an option for this. Pinning!
I know salt is so simple and CHEAP!
I have used 7-up or Sprite to keep apples from browning.
Yes, I know lots of people who use that to keep their apples from browning, but I don’t keep soda on hand at my house, so it was kind of an experiment to see what household products I have will work. 😉
Would you sprinkle the Fruit Fresh directly onto the apples, or dilute in water?
You would sprinkle the Fruit Fresh directly onto the apples and it will dissolve with the natural juices from the apples.
loved ur segment on studio five
Thanks Susan! I hoping it would be fun and informative 🙂
I had no idea you could do it with salt instead of lemon juice. I’m definitely trying this next time I make a fruit salad or something!
And it’s such a small amount, you can’t taste it! I was very pleased with the results I got from the salt.