How to keep apple slices fresh

how to keep apple slices from browning

How to keep apple slices fresh

If you want to send apple slices in your kids’ lunches, bring them to work or keep them overnight, you need to know how to keep apples from turning brown! Let me show a few great ways!

red apples

Apples are one of those things that I like to have sliced and, in the fridge, –especially now when they’re in season. I eat them plain or sprinkle them with cinnamon. When I need a little protein boost, I dip them in peanut, almond, walnut butter or caramel.

The fastest, easiest way to slice an apple.

I use an apple slicer to core and cut an entire apple into slices in one stroke–a great, inexpensive gadget that is available in many stores.  The one I am using is apple cutter 8 slicer. Here is the link for the one I am using HERE

apple cutter 8 slices

How to keep apple and pear slices from browning. 

Soak them in one of these solutions for 5 minutes. Citric acid is the key ingredient in several of these, because it helps prevent oxidization (browning). My personal favorites are the water and lemon juice.

how to keep apple slices from browning

1. Soak them in a bowl of cold salt water. Not too much salt, or it affects the taste of the fruit. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt per 1 cup of water. The soaked apples will have a slightly salty flavor, but you can remedy that by giving them a quick rinse before eating them.

2. Soak them in a bowl of honey water. Use 2 tablespoons of honey per 1 cup of water.

3. Soak them in a bowl of cold lemon water. 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.

4. Soak them in a bowl of Sprite, 7-Up, or a similar lemon-lime, carbonated soda. (Note: Most soft drinks contain artificial ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup, so this isn’t the healthiest option…but it works.)

5. Soak them in a bowl with Fruit-Fresh (or citric acid powder) and cold water. Fruit Fresh is sold in stores with canning supplies. Use 1 teaspoon Fruit Fresh per 1 cup of water. 

6. Soak them in a bowl of cold water mixed with a crushed chewable Vitamin C tablet. I used 1 crushed tablet per 1 cup of water.

7. Soak them in a bowl of apple cider and lemon juice. I like this idea, because the apple cider enhances the apple flavor while balancing/diluting the lemon juice. Use 1/2 cup apple cider per 1/4 cup lemon juice.

8. Soak them in plain carbonated water.


Store the fruit slices in a Ziploc bag. After soaking the fruit slices, drain off the liquid and store them in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it.  Apples & pear slices stay fresh and crispy this way. Their storage life can vary depending on the type and freshness of the fruit. If you’re using fruit that is in season and fairly freshly picked, it will stay fresh longer than those that have been picked and stored for a long time. When using freshly picked apples, the slices may be stored for up to a week in the fridge.

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