Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Tips: How to Keep Apple Slices from Browning


 Happy Tuesday!  I am starting a new series for the blog today all about Tips you can use to help make your life in the kitchen a little easier.  I love learning tips and tricks when it comes to food and cooking.   I have learned almost all these tips from family, friends and TV so I thought it would be fun to pass them onto you.  Some of these tips maybe ones you are familiar with already... hopefully some will be new and you will enjoy using them.

Today's tip is a very simple one, but it works great.  My daughter likes sliced apples in her lunch box almost every day.  Now everyone knows that a cut apple will oxidize and turn a very ugly brown color.  It's certainly a terribly unappetizing look for a delicious apple.  

Now there are several methods I have seen out there to keep apples from turning brown.  Companies even sell special products at the store to solve this problem.   I used to put lemon juice on apples to keep the cut slices from browning, but my daughter did not like the "sour" lemon flavor it gave to the apples.  Plus I don't always have lemons at home or want to use my lemons just for this purpose.   Here is another way to keep those apples from browning by using salt.  Salt is something that is really inexpensive and something I always have plenty of in my house.  So there is no need to run to the store for any special product or lemons... salt is all I need. 

I simply put a half a teaspoon of salt in a bowl with some water and place the sliced apples for several minutes.  They don't brown and keep fresh all day and even longer.  

The salt does not over power the flavor of the apple and the hint of salt even brings out that the tartness in our favorite Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples. 

I hope this easy tip today was useful.  Look for more kitchen tips to come your way next Tuesday. 

Sliced apples
1/2 tsp of salt (regular or sea salt)
water enough to cover the apples (about 2 cups)

Place all ingredients in bowl and allow apples to sit for 2-3 minutes.  Place soaked apples on a paper towel to dry then enjoy immediately or use in recipes or as a snack.   

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