Can I please have pretty pear and apple slices?
December 21, 2017 2:31 PM   Subscribe

I'm making a fruit and cheese board for Christmas Eve. I just found some lovely Harry and David pears and some Granny Smith apples at Trader Joes. I would like to serve these sliced on the cheeseboard. Is there a best way to keep them from browning? Lemon juice? FruitFresh? We have to travel 45 minutes to get to the party, ideally, I would slice them at home, plate them and just whip off the plastic wrap at the party. Am I doomed to brown pear and apple slices?
posted by sarajane to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Slice them and then reassemble them to fruit-shape, bundle them up in plastic wrap or something to hold the slices in place. When you get there, fan them out on the platter. (I use an apple slicer/corer thing for the kids lunch boxes and then sit the fruit inside a silicon cupcake holder!)
posted by slightlybewildered at 2:54 PM on December 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

Short answer: soak the slices in salt water for 10 min. You can rinse the slices after they've been soaked, and they will still resist going brown.

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posted by Athanassiel at 3:00 PM on December 21, 2017 [16 favorites]

Wow, that Serious Eats article is pretty comprehensive and kinda convinced me of the salt method, but I came to say that I have had a lot of success slicing the apples and soaking them in a bath of 7-Up for 10 minutes. Three days before I saw browning. If you decide against salting, you might try that.
posted by DSime at 3:07 PM on December 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

Salt water is what we do at home.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:27 PM on December 21, 2017

I'd suggest waiting until you get there to slice, then slicing one or two and leaving a knife or two on the platter for anyone who wants to slice more. That way any uneaten fruit remains whole and there's less of a rush to find a way to use it up.
posted by bunderful at 3:40 PM on December 21, 2017 [6 favorites]

I worked catering for a long time and we used lemon water -- worked fine. Fruit fresh is just citric acid, so that's fine too. I use citric acid now quite a bit because I have it around anyway.
posted by freezer cake at 3:49 PM on December 21, 2017 [3 favorites]

The grocery store pre-sliced apples use calcium ascorbate which looks like a vitamin c supplement. Never tried this, but you could probably buy a bottle of calcium ascorbate pills at a supplement store, put one pill in a bowl of water, soak your slices, and be good to go.
posted by gregr at 5:12 PM on December 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

We decided here that fruits sprinkled with "True Lemon," which we initially used just as an (effective) anti-browning agent, were more delicious than fruit without it, and now use it even on apples etc that we're going to eat right away.
posted by kmennie at 4:00 PM on December 22, 2017

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