How to Prevent Sliced Fruit from Browning!

This is a common question we get from our KES Clubs – How do we prevent our apples from turning brown? Our volunteers often find that if the apples are brown, the kids just won’t take them.  We have seen many different solutions to help with this. Here are a few that have worked for our KES Clubs:

1) Lemon Juice.   To make a lemon juice solution you will mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 1 cup of water. You can also use other citrus juices like pineapple, or orange for a different flavor.

2) Citric Acid.  This is usually found by the canning supplies and is used to prevent browning in your canned goods or increase the acidity of certain foods when canning.  You will dissolve 3 tsp. of citric acid in 1 cup of water.

3) Soda Water.  You can find this in stores and it is called Club Soda, or Soda Water.  No mixing 🙂

4) Plain Cold Water.   No mixing here.  Just use cold water!

Place the slices of fruit in a small bowl and soak them for 5 minutes only. I’ve also seen the mixtures put in a spray bottle and sprayed on the apples. Another common rule of thumb volunteers use is to cut up the apples last, this allows less time for them to turn brown before they are gobbled up at breakfast.

Information sourced from: Our KES Club Volunteers &

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.


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