How to Keep Apples from Turning Brown
Alan Park

Alan Park

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How to Keep Apples from Turning Brown

I know you don’t want your apples to turn brown, but have you ever wondered what causes them to change color? It’s a chemical reaction that happens when the sugar in apple slices reacts with oxygen. This process is called oxidation.  It can be prevented by storing apples with their skin on and using them quickly. But if they are cut open or bruised, it will only take about 5 minutes for them to start turning brown. If you want your apple slices to stay fresh looking for longer, one trick is adding some lemon juice or vinegar before placing the sliced fruit in an airtight container. The acid helps prevent the apples from oxidizing and turning brown.

1. Wash the apple with cold water and pat dry.

Washing an apple is a simple thing to do. Just fill the sink with cold water and add some natural soap for extra cleaning power, then submerge your apples in the sudsy mixture while gently scrubbing them off from top-to-bottom until they are sparkling clean, your hands should be good enough for this. You can also use this same method on other fruits like grapes or citrus fruit if you want; just make sure not to soak any of these produce items too long so as not to accidentally cause molding!

2. Apply a thin layer of lemon juice to the apple’s surface.

This is the most important part, the downside is that this will make it tarter but also give it a finer texture.
Apply this delightful citrus fruit with its refreshing flavor that can leave your taste buds tingling, not just on apples but also prevent salads or jams from browning!

3. Coat in sugar or honey. (optional)

Coat apple slices with sugar or honey to make them more delicious. The sweetness of the sugars will evoke a feeling that you are eating something decadent, like fudge, and therefore making it feel worth every calorie! The sugars help prevent browning but also make up for the added tartness from the lemon juice.

4. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

No matter how you slice it, apples are a fresh fruit that goes bad fast. You might need to take the time for some pickling or canning; but that’s not why you are here, you want to enjoy them fresh! Apple season is the perfect time to have a variety of crisp, juicy apples on hand. Store them in an airtight container and place them in your fridge for up to 3 days!


It’s apple season and that means it’s time to stock up on some of your favorite fall fruit! This blog post will walk you through the process of how to store apples so they last longer. First, wash the apple with cold water and pat dry before applying a thin layer of lemon juice to the surface. Finally, coat in sugar or honey (optional) before placing in an airtight container and storing in the fridge for up to 3 days. What is your favorite type of apple? Let us know on social media!

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