Since we are fast approaching Back to School, I thought I would post a very quick tip to keep apples looking fresh in a lunchbox.
There are lots of methods to try for this but I just tried to find the simplest way to get ‘er done here. This doesn’t require soaking fruit and the flavor that is imparted on the apples is barely noticable.
I simply add a little pineapple juice to a small squirt bottle (these can be found for $.99 in the travel sections of stores like Target) and squirt the sliced apples very generously.
I find the apples keep the same nice color for several hours. I have tried this a day or even two in advance and the apples will start to brown just a little but they still look much nicer then they would without anything on them.
You can also try lemon juice in a squirt bottle but I know some people don’t like that extra tartness. I found the lemon juice did not work quite as well as pineapple. Another option is a citrus-y soda like Sprite. I don’t personally give my children soft drinks so I have not tried that option but I have heard of people soaking the apples in 7-up or Sprite.
The pineapple juice is pretty inexpensive and it keeps in the fridge for awhile. Very easy to pull out and squirt away as you are packing lunches.
One little tip, my children LOVE sliced apples with cinnamon sprinkled on top. No sugar just plain cinnamon- it is one of their favorite treats and an easy way to also mask slight browning on apples.
(The apples above were photographed two hours after cutting and squirting the juice on.)
And since we are talking apples, I wanted to mention a really fast 3 ingredient dip for fruit.
This is reasonably healthy and I actually eat spoonfuls of this straight from the bowl because it is so yummy!
- 1 1/2 cups of plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 table spoon brown sugar
Puree until creamy in a food processor. Serve chilled.
If your little ones are not fans of greek yogurt you can use a flavored yogurt to make it much sweeter. I prefer the plain greek yogurt with sweeter apples- like the Fuji pictured above.
**And you might also try the DIY Uncrustables to get ready for Back to School.
(Recipe adapted from Kathleen Daelemans)