So are you elbow-deep in apples yet?

peeled apples in cold water

I thought so.

I mean, it IS October. And if my Facebook and Instagram feeds are any indication, you have all been apple picking.

Me too.

And, like me, you’ve probably been making endless batches of apple sauce, muffins, pies, quick breads and more.

Life with a pre-schooler means that my days are broken up into little chunks – a few hours here, a few hours there – so getting a jump on meal prep can be challenging.

If you remember my Mealtime Bootcamp series, one of my favorite strategies is to become a “master of efficiency” – that is, tackling several small tasks throughout the day. Peeling and chopping apples definitely falls into that category, but can be a challenge as they start browning almost immediately.

So here’s what you do:

peeled apples in cold water

Place your peeled and chopped apples immediately into a bowl of cold water. Turn a few times to make sure they’re all covered, and stick in the fridge till you’re ready to use. They’ll come out unblemished and crisp, even hours later.

peeled apples in cold water

This tips works beautifully on potatoes too – and with Thanksgiving AND Hannukah falling on the same day this year, you’ll appreciate this do-ahead in the months to come.

Babble links!

Baking 101: Classic Angel Food Cake
Make the New York Classic: Black and White Cookies
Cooking 101: How To Cook With Tofu
Baking 101: Make Your Own Self-Rising and Cake Flour


  1. Shalagh Hogan on October 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Bravo. Since it’s the air that causes the browning, submerge in water. Avocadoes in orange juice, same thing.

    • sherisilver on October 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Shalagh! xo

  2. Marti on October 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Whaow so simple, I never knew this. Will definitely do from now on.
    Thanks for sharing

    • sherisilver on October 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Works like a charm! 🙂

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