Keep Apple Slices Fresh Using Sprite

By Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Would you believe these apple slices have been sitting at room temperature for 16 hours when this photo was taken? Amazing huh? They're Red Delicious Apples which makes the fact they aren't brown a miracle. Usually those start going brown at my house within an hour or two. The photo isn't the best, but they are basically the same color they were. Maybe a shade darker, nothing you wouldn't normally see within 30 minutes of slicing.

I saw all the posts on pinterest about prolonging apple slices with pineapple and other things. None of which sounded very tasty. One pinner had the idea to use 7-up or Sprite, which actually sounding pretty good. Maybe I'm just craving soda? Who knows....

Soak slices in cold water 3-5 min, then in Sprite 3-5 min. save in fridge until ready to use.

Well, since mine obviously never made it to the refrigerator this little Sprite trick definitely works. Actually, my husband just ate them today, we're talking a total of 30 hours and he said they were still wonderful for lunch and looked perfectly normal, just a bit darker.
* Please Note: I do not recommend eating food left out for 30 hrs, this was a simple test to decide if the apples could keep fresh for lunches and road trips. However, my husband will eating anything and wastes nothing ;) It's been 4 days and he is still alive, the apples must have been fine*

This is going to be a life saver for my preschooler's lunch  :) Now if I can just find a way to prolong those banana slices......