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. We love apples around here but if I send off a whole apple to school, it seems to just come right back in the lunchbox. If I preslice them, it seems the kids are much more likely to actually eat the apple.
There are lots of methods to keep apples looking fresh but I just tried to find the simplest way. 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 and that seems to work as well.
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.
I like to pop these in a lunchbox with cheese or peanut butter or almond butter. This is also a great on the go breakfast idea!
(Recipe adapted from Kathleen Daelemans)