5 ways to keep your fruit crisp & white
Sweet, refreshing fruit makes for a great snack. Whether you’re packing it in your lunch or preparing it for a cocktail party, the bite-sized chunks are the perfect combination of sweet and juicy to satisfy your munchies. The only downside is that it browns before you can enjoy it. We’ve prepared the best ways to keep fruit looking as appetizing as the moment it was cut.
Plain Ol’ Water
Storing fruit in a Tupperware full of cold water is the easiest way to keep it fresh. Best for apple and pears, water keeps fruit fresh for a couple of hours. Downside: it will make fruit soggy. Use if you’ll be snacking within the hour.
- In a Tupperware with good seal, put fruit chunks and fill with cold water (so chunks are covered).
- Cover and seal; shake gently to ensure all fruit is covered.
- Place in fridge.
- When ready to eat, drain and enjoy.
Squeeze of Lemon
Lemon juice is a trick passed down from generation to generation. It’s a great way to keep any type of fruit fresh for a couple of hours (good for lunches). Be warned, it may add a slightly tart/lemony aftertaste.
- Put all sliced fruit in a bowl.
- Squeeze lemon juice over fruit.
- Toss to ensure all fruit is coated.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Keep in fridge until ready to eat.
Splash of Salt
Need to store your fruit overnight? A saltwater bath is the way to go. It’ll keep everything (apples, pears, peaches, bananas) fresh and white. Note: if you don’t rinse the fruit well, you may be in for a slightly salty treat.
- Dissolve 1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup of water.
- Add your fruit slices; soak for 10 minutes.
- Drain and store in covered bowl/container until ready to use.
- Before eating, rinse with clear, cold water.
Bathed in Honey
A honey bath keeps fruit (and veggies!) fresh for up to 24 hours. Good for those weekend trips or preparing lunch the night before. The fruit will be sweeter — anything from a slight sugar bump to cloyingly sweet.
- In a bowl, mix 2 tbsps of honey and 1 cup of water.
- Place sliced fruit in the mixture so it is covered, and soak for 30 seconds.
- Remove and place on a plate or in a Tupperware. Cover and store for up to 24 hours.
Basked in Bubbles
Soda water works for all fruit (try it for veggies too!) and keeps fruit fresh, crisp and white overnight. Since soda water is flavourless and sugarless, it doesn’t add any unwanted flavours to the fruit.
- Place sliced fruit in a bowl.
- Pour soda water in the bowl until the fruit is covered.
- Seal the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap; shake gently to ensure fruit is covered.
- Refrigerate until snacking time.