I love apples, what I don’t love is how fast they get brown, ew. When apples get brown they look ugly. Prettier food is just nicer to eat right? I came across some simple ways how to keep apples from turning brown!

If you’re tired of your fresh apples turning into brown apple slices, find out the best way to keep your store apples and your sliced apple looking delicious. The good news is that it’s simple and easy to do!

How to keep apple slices from turning brown

Tips for Keeping Apples From Turning Brown

So first of all, let me just say that brown apples are totally safe to eat. They just don’t look like they are. I mean I know when I see them getting brown, my appetite tends to fade fast.

It’s simply the result of a chemical reaction from the oxygen coming into contact with the polyphenol oxidase which is an enzyme that is in apples and other fruits.

It’s a crazy-easy way to keep your crisp apples looking the best they possibly can.

hand holding an apple

Easy Ways To Keep Apples From Turning Brown

Use Salt

This first method is pretty simple. You just need your sliced apples, ½ teaspoon of salt, and a cup of cold water. Mix the salt into the cold water until it has dissolved. Some people use a teaspoon salt but you should be fine with 1/2 teaspoon.

salt on the table

Place the sliced apples into the mixture and let them soak for about 5 minutes. Then simply drain the water, rinse the apples thoroughly, and pat them dry. Place in an airtight storage container.


Slice and Hold Together With A Rubber Band

This second idea is super cool for kids! Just slice the apple and reassemble the slices back into the original apple shape around the core. Secure it with rubber bands! Place in an airtight container and you are good to go!

apple slices stacked


Another easy method uses honey! You will need about 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 cup of water. Just dissolve the honey into the bowl of water. Take your apple slices and dunk them into the honey-water mixture for about 30 seconds. Rinse them off and store in an airtight container for later.

honey on a spoon

All of these methods are quick and use things that you most likely have on hand already. So now you can prep apple slices for the entire day with no worries about them turning brown so quickly!

As you can tell, it’s simple to keep the best apples from turning brown. The coloring of the apple doesn’t affect the flavor of the apples but to slow down the natural process, try out the great tip ideas that I have listed above. These are all easy methods that give you different ways to keep your fruit platters and fresh fruit looking good!


Store in an airtight container

The first thing you want to do is make sure that you’re storing the sliced apples properly. You’ll want to use an airtight container or even a resealable zip-top bag. Make sure you push out as much air as you can from the container.

When you cut fruits, air really is your enemy. One of the easiest ways to keep your apple fresh-looking is to have them in a resealable bag that keeps out the air. This keeps the apple’s taste and looks top-notch.

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Common Questions

Can you cut apples ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Just be sure that you add them to an airtight container and keep them stored in the fridge. The airtight aspect and coolness are what are going to keep them from turning brown.

Do apples last longer in the fridge or on the counter?

If you want your apples to last, store them in the fridge! They stay nice and crisp and last longer than if they were out on the counter. The room temperature actually ripens the apples faster.

Does vinegar stop apples browning?

Yes, vinegar and lemon juice will both help apples stop browning. They will also affect the flavor a bit so keep that in mind.

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For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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