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How to stop fresh apple juice from turning brown

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Here’s a tip that we found in a July 2007 Gourmet magazine. Plus a recipe for Apple Butter!

Apples turn brown when you cut and expose them to the air even for a short time. The same thing happens to freshly squeezed apple juice. To stop it from discolouring and looking unappetising, add a crushed Vitamin C tablet to the apple juice.

And a tip of our own…

This trick also helps to stop ‘cut’ apple slices from going brown: add a crushed Vitamin C tablet to cold water, stir to dissolve and add the apple slices. Drain the apples and pat dry before using them.

How to make apple butter

When you have apples left over, core and quarter them, place in a saucepan with a sprinkling of sugar and cook over a low heat until they turn golden brown. Taste and add more sugar if you need to during cooking. Stir from time to time to stop them sticking.

Store the apple butter in the fridge and use it to spread on bread, serve with roast pork instead of apple sauce, add to smoothies and to sweeten porridge or granola or just eat it with a spoon. You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract at the end of cooking.

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