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How to stop apples browning in the lunchbox


Even the least fussiest child will often turn their nose up at sliced apple that’s turned brown, so we’ve compiled our top tips to help prevent (or at least slow down) the discolouration process.

Tip 1 –
Provided your child likes Pink Lady apples, always opt for them. They’re my kids favourite apples as they are crisp and sweet and tend to discolour at a much slower rate. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but in my 9 years of packing school lunches I’ve noticed they don’t brown anywhere near as quickly as a red delicious for example.

If you use a Yumbox or similar style bento box for your child’s lunches, this often helps slow the apples ageing process too due to the leakproof feature and inbuilt silicon seal.


Here’s a list of tried and tested methods to help alleviate bin bound apples.
1. Spray the apples with fresh lemon juice
2. Dunk in apple juice
3. Dunk in orange juice
4. Soak the apple slices in a small bowl of cold water with a pinch of salt, rinse and into the lunchbox.
5. Dunk the apples in either lemonade or ginger ale
6. Soak in soda water for 5 minutes.

If you prefer to send a whole apple you can also quarter it and then hold it back in place with a rubber or silicone band.

I’ve tried all 6 methods over the years and the salted water seems be the most effective.The lemon juice would have to be my second favourite however my 5 year old does complain he can taste the sour.

We hope this list has been helpful to you and if you try one or all methods we would love to hear your feedback.

Happy lunching.

Mumspo Mag



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