How to Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown for Several Days

How to Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown

 

Have you ever wanted to serve apple slices at a party?  Or pack them in a lunch?

The problem is that, once they’re cut apples start to turn brown.  But I’ve figured out a simple, two step method to keeping them looking fresh.  I’ve tested this method several times.  The first time, I checked the apples for several days after cutting.  They stayed looking fresh the whole time.  This time, I tested them for 24 hours.  Again, the method worked perfectly.

Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown for over 24 hours with this two step method

 

The first step involves slicing the apples and letting them soak for 2-3 minutes in Sprite.  I pour the Sprite in a bowl, add the apples and then stir so that all surfaces of the apples are in contact with the Sprite.

I’ve used lemon juice to dip apples, but it does alter the taste a bit.  And I’ve never soaked the apples in lemon juice, just a quick dip, so the anti-browning action isn’t as good.

I’ve also heard of people using salt water to deter browning in apples.  But again, that would alter the taste of the apples.

Sprite works great though.  It doesn’t change the taste of the fruit noticeably at all.  And that means the apples can take a 2-3 minute soak, which really helps deter the browning for longer.

How to keep apples fresh

 

The second step of the method is to drain the apples and put them in zip top plastic bags.  Squeeze as much air as possible out of the bags.  Then store the slices in the fridge.

I’ve held the apples in the fridge for several days with no browning happening.  This is good if you need to do some party prep ahead of time.  Slicing apples isn’t hard, but it can be time consuming if you have a lot to do.  It’s nice to know you can do it ahead and still have fresh looking apples.

I also tested the apples after coming out of the fridge and sitting on a plate at room temperature.  Here’s what they looked like immediately after I put them out.

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You can see I tested 3 different varieties.  The Fuji was naturally darker than Ida Red and Jonathan, but all of them still looked fresh 24 hours after the Sprite bath.

And here they are 30 minutes later:

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No noticeable change.  I’ve also tested the slices for several hours on the counter and there wasn’t any browning that I noticed.

So, if you want fresh slices to pack in a lunch or serve at a party, grab some Sprite and zip top bags.  Don’t forget the caramel sauce for dipping!

Salted Caramel Biscoff Dip

We love Biscoff Spread in our house.  The jars never last a very long time.  It’s just so creamy and smooth and full of that gently, spiced cookie flavor.

I decided that it would be a perfect accompaniment to caramel.  I was right!

I do admit that this recipe is like getting a jump start on Fall, when apples will be in season and so will caramel and spice.  But don’t wait that long to whip up this easy dip.

When I first envisioned the recipe, I didn’t think about making it salted caramel.  But after tasting it, I knew that would be the right thing to do.  You won’t see the Kosher salt in the ingredient photo for that reason.  In addition to the tiny, but delicious salt, you’ll also need these three ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 – 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff Spread, creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, optional
  1. Beat cream cheese and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.
  2. Mix in Biscoff Spread and salt, if desired.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I used a whole cup of brown sugar, but I think you could cut back a bit.  You’ll notice that there is no caramel in this at all.  The brown sugar, along with the flavor of the Biscoff Spread add a caramel-like taste to the dip.

This dip is perfect with slightly tart, crisp apples.

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Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash – Easy Side Dish

I made this a while back to go with Slow Cooked Breakfast Casserole.  It was a great combination.  Since you’re just dumping two ingredients into a slow cooker, it couldn’t be simpler.

Admittedly, it isn’t the most photogenic of recipes.  Don’t let that stop you though.  I’m not sure what it is about orange veggies, like butternut squash, pumpkin, acorn squash and sweet potatoes, but I could eat and eat and eat them.  They are so good!

You can find diced butternut squash in the produce section or the freezer section of the grocery.  I like skipping the step of peeling and chopping a fresh squash, but it would cut down on cost to do your own prep.

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy side dish:   [Read more…]

Easy Apple Crumb Cake

I was headed to a family get together last week and needed to bring dessert. I couldn’t decide what to make so I looked around in a pantry and what I found created this deliciousness! This is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and so good. I hope you enjoy as well. And its very customizable. You could use any type of cake mix. I think it would be good with spice cake. And you could use other fruits. Peaches would be so good too. If this gets your creative juices flowing and you make an alteration to this recipe please comment and let us know!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do – I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2-3 apples, sliced and skinned

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Easy Apple Crumb Cake
Ingredients
  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do - I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 apples - cored, sliced and peeled
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

Ingredient Spotlight: Apples 2012

Can we all agree that apples are one of the best things about fall?

I thought so.

{side note: one of the worst things about fall are all those pictures people pin on pinterest of spiders. why, people? why??}

Apples in dessert is an even better reason to love fall.  Because we’re in the middle of 31 Days of Short Cuts for Cheaters series, I’m linking up recipes that each have a short cut aspect to them.

Skillet Apple Crisp – 20 minutes and done!

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze – starts with a cake mix, ends with moist apple spice flavor dripping with caramel

Apple Cornbread Dressing – dressed up dressing mix  [Read more…]

1 Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples

The other night, I really wanted some baked appley goodness.  The only trouble was I was supposed to be working, not baking.

And then, I remembered this marvelous invention we have in the kitchen.

The microwave!

My respect for this machine went way up when I realized I could have sweet, cinnamon baked apple in just 1 minute.  And the fact that someone left a smidge of vanilla ice cream in the freezer for me made my quick dessert even better.

This is much more method than recipe, but I’ll write it up as a recipe anyway.

1 Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples

Serves: 1 serving

Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar (more or less, according to your taste)
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon (more or less)
  • 1 tsp. water (more or less or none, if you don't want it very syrupy)
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop your apple into a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, adjusting according to what you like.
  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  4. Microwave 1 minute. Add time, if your apple is still crunchy. Mine only needed 1 minute.
  5. Top with ice cream, nuts, granola or add to your oatmeal in the morning.

This post is part of a series running every day in October.  31 Days of Cooking Short Cuts for Cheaters.

If you like to cheat at cooking too, be sure to follow along.  Subscribe by daily or weekly emails (and get a free slow cooker ebook) or RSS so you don’t miss a post.

Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

I would very much like to shake the hand of the person who invented the slow cooker.  Said person should be lauded with chocolate and roses and decadent coffee concoctions.

I’m naturally suspicious of cooks who don’t make good use of the slow cooker.  Why avoid something that is such a time saver, such a miracle worker?

Take this dinner, for instance.  Into the crock go pork chops, apples, onions and a bit of honey and Dijon.  Several hours later, you only need to add a green veggie and bread or salad and dinner is ready.  It practically fixes itself, leaving me with time to get stuff done spend time on Pinterest.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Skillet Apple Crisp – Done in 20 Minutes!

We were driving home from church on Sunday and I was thinking about the egg and ham sandwiches I’d planned to make when I realized that Apple Crisp would be an excellent side dish.

I know Apple Crisp is considered a dessert, but if you eat it with your meal instead of after, it’s a side dish.  A sweet, cinnamon spiced side dish.

The only problem is that Apple Crisp takes a while to bake.  But you can speed the whole process up by cooking the apples on the stove top.   [Read more…]

Baked Sweet Potatoes Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples and Baked Potatoes Topped with Creamed Chicken

Would you believe that delicious stuffed potato is a 15 minute meal?  Now that’s fast food!

It’s super easy to fix, thanks to the sweet potato.  They are all scrubbed, wrapped and ready to microwave from Express Bake PotatOH!

As soon as I was contacted by the Express Bake PotatOH! people I knew what I wanted to do with the sweet potatoes.  And it didn’t disappoint.   Sweet potatoes have never been topped so well.  While the potatoes took a spin in the microwave, I fixed the sausage and apple topping.  The entire meal was ready in about 15 minutes.

I also had the opportunity to try baked potatoes and fingerlings.  Delicious and so easy!  I topped the baked potatoes with creamed chicken.  My kids loved it.  The potatoes bake perfectly in the microwave.  Express Bake PotatOHs are perfect for nights when you’re in a hurry.  They can be topped with all kinds of things or eaten as a side dish.  Either way, they are quick and healthy.

Here’s what you’ll need for  the Sweet Potatoes topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples:  [Read more…]

Apple Cornbread Dressing

This is one of the tastiest dressings I’ve eaten.  The little bit of sweet from the granny-smith apple pairs up well with the onion, celery and other seasonings.  It tastes like Fall.

The best part is, it starts with a box mix.

A little side story – One of my sons thinks he hates apples.  I contend that he doesn’t know if he hates them, since he hasn’t tasted one since he was 2 years old.  He didn’t realize this dressing had apples in it and he loved the dressing.  Raved about it.  Had three helpings.

He was still talking about how good it was the next day.  I finally told him that he’d been eating apple.  He still swears he hates apples, but he had no problem eating the leftover dressing.  Crazy kid.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Apple Cornbread Dressing:  [Read more…]

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