Slicing apples is not hard. It’s not even all that time-consuming. It is, however, a repetitive task that I found myself doing over and over again from day-to-day… and I had the cutting board and knife to wash to prove it! This method cuts out the never-ending dishes and saves a few minutes each day.
The problem with slicing apples ahead of time is well-known: they turn brown.
Who wants to eat brown apples??? Certainly not most children.
Storing the apples in a solution containing citric acid (here, in the form of lemon juice) halts the browning and keeps the apples cool, crisp, and white. Just the way we like them.
Lunchbox-Ready Apple Slices
- apples, sliced
- 2 tablespoons — 1/4 cup lemon juice*
- cold water
1. Pour lemon juice into bottom of large jar. How much you use will depend on the size of your jar and your family’s sensitivity to the flavor. We use a quart size jar and a full quarter cup and do not notice any “off” flavor from the lemon juice.
2. Fill jar to top with sliced apples.
3. Add cold water until apples are full immersed. Seal jar.
4. Store in fridge until ready to use. You can simply remove as many slices as you need. The apples pictured above had been in that solution for 48 hours when I took the picture.
*Both fresh lemon juice and the kind you buy in a bottle will work for this.