We always buy Gala apples, because that is what my husband says he likes. I personally have a few other varieties that I like, such as Honey Crisp and Pink Lady apples. Everyone knows what Granny Smith apples taste like, and you have likely eaten a Red Delicious. But aside from that, do you really break from your apple buying habits? What about Braeburn, Fuji, Jonagold, or Cameo? If you are like me, you have seen them in the stores, and you have probably even tried them, but you just don’t remember what they are like in comparison with the apples you always buy.
I decided that I wanted to refresh my memory of all the apple varieties. I bought one of every type of apple available at my local grocery store (WinCo, which is awesome by the way). I pictured doing an apple tasting, with all the apples cut up and numbered (I didn’t want the names, so that we wouldn’t be biased in choosing our favorites), with a side of cheese. In the end, I just threw some yogurt into the center of our platter, because I was in a hurry. But it was lots of fun to take time to discover what types of apples we really like! If you are curious about apple varieties, but you aren’t sure you want to do an apple tasting, you can check out this website about apples. It seems to be pretty useful!
But when you cut up 7 different apples, for 2 people to eat, you are definitely going to have left overs. No one likes to eat brown apples. It’s just not appealing. You may or may not be aware that there are ways to prevent apples from turning brown, or at least delay the browning for several hours. I have 3 ways that you can prevent/delay browning. Hopefully, at least 1 of these suggestions will be great for you, because you might even have these ingredients in your kitchen!
Before I tell you these suggestions, let me preface it with this: Each variety will brown at its own pace. When I made this fruit platter, the majority of my apples stayed fairly white for about 18-24 hours, but some varieties started turning brown before the others. There is a scientific answer to this, but I won’t draw out this post with that explanation. If you are curious about it, you can read about the science here.
Fruit Fresh (or similar) is a great option for keeping fruit from turning brown. It has very little influence on the flavor of the fruit, but most people don’t have this on hand.
Lemon Juice is something that almost everyone has on hand. You can use bottled or fresh lemon juice, mixed with water. I play it safe, putting the equivalent of 1 lemon into about 2 cups of water. You can also use lime juice if you prefer. This might leave your apples tasting a little more tart though.
This is one way that you might not have known about. Emergen-C (or similar) can actually keep your fruit from turning brown just as well as the other two suggestions! I put 1 packet into 2 cups of water, and then let the apple pieces soak for 30-60 seconds before removing them. I have not noticed a flavor change while using this method, although I do pat the apples dry with a paper towel after soaking them.
There are two other ways I have heard you can prevent apples from turning brown, although I have not yet tried them. First, you can put 1/8 tsp of salt into 1 cup of water and let the apples soak for a few minutes, before rinsing them off. I would be afraid that the apples would have a slightly salty flavor, but I will test it out and let you know!
The other method I have heard of us using 2 TBS honey and 1 cup of water, and soaking the apples for 30 seconds. This would be great unless you are using the apples for children under 1, in which case honey should not be used.