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My kids love sliced apples. Hand them a bag of slices and they finish it. Hand the same kids a whole apple…. you get maybe 3 bites and then they toss it. This drives me crazy.
As you are probably aware, as soon as you slice an apple it starts to brown. My kids don’t do “brown” apples because brown apples have cooties…and nobody wants apple cooties. You see my dilemma.
So I purchase the sliced apples to pack in their lunchboxes. Just yesterday I purchased sliced apples at a cost of $5.49 for a 5 pack (each pack 2 oz).
I know what you are thinking…. I could purchase whole apples for less than half of the cost. So I decided to do a little research and found it is easier than you may think to make lunchbox apples yourself (using only natural ingredients). So I did.
What you will need:
Small Plastic Sandwich Bags
Core your apples and cut into wedges. I used this Apple Corer and Divider from OXO.
Place the sliced apple slices in a large bowl.
Pour enough water in the bowl just to cover the apples.
Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of water.
Allow apples to soak for at least 5 minutes. Also make sure that you rotate the apples so the flesh is submerged in the water.
Remove apples and place on a paper towel to remove the excess water.
Place apple slices in small plastic bags. Be sure to remove as much air as possible when you seal the bag.
Refrigerate. Apples can last up to a week in the fridge.