This spring, my 17 year old declared that she doesn't eat apples anymore unless they are sliced. Yep. She's 17, not 2.
She tried to give me a logical explanation as to why, but to be honest, I really didn't listen to what she said. Sorry sweetie, but your Grandma taught me it is useless to reason with crazy people.
Her new food declaration left me in quite a quandary. An apple, in it's natural state is perfection for the lunchbox. No preparation or packaging required and nutritionally awesome.
So instead of replacing her perfect apple with some fruit snacks, I recently discovered this great method of packing pre-sliced apples for a lunchbox. While not as easy as just tossing in an apple out of the fruit bowl, I am willing to put forth a bit more effort for those I love :)
4-5 apples, cored and sliced
4 C cold water
1/2 tsp salt
1. Dissolve the salt into the cold water and stir well. Add the apples and immerse them in the solution. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then drain away the water. Package your apples into sandwich sized Ziplock bags and store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.