Lunchbox Sliced Apples

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 :)

These will last for 4-5 days in the fridge sealed in a plastic bag, so make a big batch for the whole week and it will be even faster!  And to answer the question I know everyone will ask, No….they do not taste like salt after they are finished soaking :)

Lunchbox Sliced Apples
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.


  1. says

    Don’t you just love teenager’s logic – not! When my 17 year old starts one of her explanations, I smile and roll my eyes.

    Anyway, great tip. I’ve tried lemon juice and fruit fresh (vitamin c), but I’ve never tried salt. I’ll give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    This is awesome :). Found this post via Pinterest, Thank you very much! My little kindergardner starts school this Thursday, & I wanted to pack apple slices for school :). Have you noticed the apple slices turning brown at all? If not, totally going to try this out!

  3. Charlene says

    I use powdered vitamin C powder instead of salt. Works wonderfully! and gives a bit of added vit c boost

  4. says

    Genius!!! You solved a big dilemma for me. I thought about sprinkling lemon juice, but probably not the best taste. This is great!! Now I can send fresh apples not the pre-packaged kind in my grand-daughter`s lunch. Thank you so much!!

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