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I know this isn’t anything new for a lot of people but it was new to me. I
have HAD an apple tree (until this past weekend when my husband cut it down). I will admit that I haven’t been great at harvesting the apples from the tree, there were often times when the kids would pick and eat one, we taught them to watch for worm holes and so far they haven’t complained yet about finding anything too disgusting.
When Nate cut down the tree I was determined to harvest as many of the apples as I could, and I did. I have baskets full of apples and I am trying to make sure they’re used. I’ve made batches of applesauce (I’ll share that soon) and have been slicing the apples up for the kids to have as snacks (because we didn’t spray the tree I don’t want the kids just taking an apple and hoping it’s good).
Yesterday morning before the kids left for school I sliced up a bunch of apples and put them in a bowl with a little bit of lemon juice. I sealed up the bowl and shook it around to make sure all the apples were coated in the lemon juice (I really only used a little bit) and then let them sit until I was packing lunches. I put a few apple slices in a ziplock for each of the kids to take and then closed up the bowl and stuck it in the fridge.
When the kids got home from school I asked them how their apples were and they all said they were good, they weren’t brown and they could hardly taste the lemon juice (if they could at all, these are pretty tart green apples, 1/2 my kids love them, 1/2 of them tolerate them).
I forgot about the apples in the fridge until this afternoon since the kids took homemade apple sauce in their lunches today. I opened up the bowl and this is what I found:
After over 30 hours the apples still are crisp, have no brown spots and taste great!
Like I said at the beginning, I know a lot of people already know this trick but in case you didn’t now you do AND you know you can slice up enough for a couple days at least and be safe!
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