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Apple slices

itryalot Sep 8, 2012 01:45 PM

I am making an apple cheesecake dip for apples for a work snack or I'm contemplating making apple nachos. However, I can't take time out to slice the apples at work. Is there something I can do to preserve the apples even if for 4 hours? Can they be soaked in lemon juice and water and if so, how much of each?

  1. greygarious Sep 8, 2012 02:32 PM

    Acidulating the apple slices will add a layer of lemon flavor which I personally detest. Also, soaling waterlogs the apples and blunts their flavor. Get one of those metal gadgets that you press down onto the apple - it simultaneously cores and slices. As long as the apples are evenly shaped, with well-centered cores, it will take 2 seconds to do an entire apple.

    1. Scoutmaster Sep 8, 2012 02:32 PM

      Just a few tablespoons fresh lemon juice should be enough. Toss them to coat. Once the lemon has touched the apple, it should be fine, so you don't need much.

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        travelerjjm Sep 8, 2012 04:11 PM

        You can use ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Make a solution of 2-3 tsp in a cup of water and dip the slices in it for a couple minutes. Let them dry a bit, and then put them in a zip bag with the air squeezed out. Some people add a bit of ascorbic acid to some apple juice instead of water. You can get ascorbic acid powder online or from baking or brewing stores. It is generally expensive at a pharmacy, but YMMV.

        1. Ruthie789 Sep 8, 2012 04:56 PM

          As well to the prior responses, some apples do not brown as quickly as others. Granny Smith's don`t turn brown as fast as MacIntosh for example. I would try to precut one Granny Smith and see the result, they do not brown at all.

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            Tara57 Sep 8, 2012 05:50 PM

            You can toss the apple slices with a sprinkle of Fruit Fresh.


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              itryalot Sep 9, 2012 07:08 AM

              OK; will follow up and do a test. Good obvious advice that was not so obvious to me!

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