There are ideas. There are good ideas. And then, there are those ideas so simple and brilliant, you can’t help but squeal at your kids to come meet you in the kitchen ASAP, so you can try them out together.
This idea — for keeping cut apples from turning brown — is one of those. A snack hack so awesome, I couldn’t wait until we packed the next day’s school lunches to give it a try.
- Large apple
- Lemon juice
- Spray bottle
- Rubber band
- Kids gathered around me in the kitchen, we grabbed a knife, and cut around the core of an apple, creating 8 little wedges.
- Ever so gently, we let the pieces fall from the core, then sprayed them with a touch of lemon juice. This keeps the apple from browning, since it will be stored for several hours before eating.
- Then we gathered the pieces back together around the core of the apple.
- And wrapped a wide rubber band around the outer part of the apple. I recommend using a rubber band made for use with produce. It doesn’t have that icky rubbery flavor that many office versions do. Plus, it’s made for produce, so you know it’s okay to put around food.
And, just like that … our ready-cut apple was ready-to-go. We wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for the next day. When it was time to pack school lunches, this mama’s job was so easy! The kids had a snackable apple that simply needed to be tossed into their lunches.
We sent the apple on its way with a mini pack of peanut butter for dipping. And the kids (and the mama) smiled a big smile. Because this clever hack was so easy, we’ll use it (and enjoy it!) again and again and again. Hope you do, too!