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Packaged Apple Slices?


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I just noticed at the grocery store the other night packaged apple slices. They looked extremely appealing for when I go to the movie theatre. I can just throw a package in my purse and they don't brown or anything. But that's the thing... they don't brown. Why is that, what kind of preservatives do they have? It can't be good? Or are they still good for you just not as good? I am having mixed opinions about them. They sure do beat theatre popcorn though!

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BIG kudos to xlovelyx for at least opting to eat apple slices at the theater instead of theater popcorn!  What a great, healthy alternative!!!

I'm not bashing anyone here, but I AM curious.... what's wrong with just taking along a regular apple and eating it?  I have a sister-in-law who won't eat an apple unless someone cuts it in half and takes out the core FOR her!  I quizzed her on it and then let it drop.  To each his own. 

 

I have has the same problem with apples browning once i slice them. For me its cheaper to get a bag of apples than to buy those apple slices. The ones I see at the grocery store are almost 4 $ a bag and u dont really get that much.

i must be an apple snob because i do not like the bagged apple slices.  they taste...waterlogged (?).  i prefer a tastier apple than is used.  i dont think the preservative used is going to harm you and yeah you for thinking of apples.

My grandmother (who was amazing cook/baker owned many restuarants family style that she did all the cooking ) use to use lemon juice when we were kids but as we got older she started using 7up. She said you have to leave the peels on, slice them, place the apples & a small amount of 7up in a seal tight container ( that can be washed)...then we got to drink the rest of the 7up on the pinic...plus grandma said never to be wastful...Im a single mother of 3 young kids, works fulltime, works out 6 days a week for 2 hours a day...trust me I do this cuz I have no time...i do it for a day two in advance....hope it helps. Oh I have a apple slicer thing it slices and cores in one step my 4 yr old can do it without getting cut.... :-)

Original Post by kaufmkk:

I'm not bashing anyone here, but I AM curious.... what's wrong with just taking along a regular apple and eating it?  

I was thinking the same thing ... like I'm the crazy one for just eating the apple the way it was grown - lol. Although I remember all the apples I threw out of my lunch when I was 10 and I think I probably would have eaten the pretty looking apple slices even though I ditched the actual apple every day ... not saying I was too smart - lol.

As far as taste goes, if you haven't tried organic apples I highly suggest it - they taste incredible!!! I wasn't a believe in being able to taste the organic difference, but wow - apples are soooo much better organic!!!

Original Post by xlovelyx:

Because a) I have no time, I can honestly say I am never home and b) even if I do find any time what so ever to go prepare all of the things I eat, with apples they always end up browning before I am even finished slicing them for my boyfriend and I... I am bad with knives.

And wow, I'm not looking to be called lazy here. I can now see why people on this site scare off all of the newcomers. geez.

 well if you're "never home" then how do you expect to have those apples on hand if you ever do go to a movie or something?

"Oh, wait honey, we have to stop at Safeway before we go to Transformers.. I need my apple slices for the movie but we're 30mins away from home"

sure their 'conveinant' but take into consideration of how you are going to transport them.. I'm sure they should be kept cool and probably don't taste as good warm

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if you are bad with knives, they do have special "apple slicers". I have one, their pretty fun haha.. they are circular with blades crossing in the middle and a hole in the center for the apple core. You put it on top of a clean apple and push down.. thats it. voila apple sliced

I agree with....EVERYONE

  • Individualized packaging will cause the polar ice caps to melt and our great-great-great-grandchildren will have to live underwater (as per the Jonas Bros. song)
  • Laziness can be one of the biggest downfalls of weight loss, so sometimes pre-packaged foods can be the difference between sticking to it, and sticking a Mickey D's snack wrap in your maw
  • This is a message board to help people answer questions and come up with ideas about losing/maintaining/gaining weight, so we should be trying to help each other
  • One of my greatest pleasures, as my husband puts it, is "trolling". I love making fun of people on the internet, because if I did it in person I would get A. beat up or B. fired from my job
  • I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.... free to buy a regular apple or a bag 'o slices. In Communist China, you take the apple your given and you like it, mister!

Personally, I would just buy a whole apple and shove it in my bag, because its just as portable and easy to eat as a bag of slices. I think the slices only trump when they come with a little container of caramel.

Now, can we all agree that an apple tastes pretty damn good with caramel? Let the caramel unite us, people!

Count me in as a caramel apple lover!!!!  Not exactly on the diet plan these days, but it doesn't mean I won't sneak one in every now and then.

Now... back to the original post.  After re-reading it, I THINK the OP was wondering about any possible health issues from the preservatives that are used to keep the apple slices from browning.  I wonder the same thing.  The 'Fruit Fresh' stuff I mentioned earlier will only keep a cut apple from browning from one, maybe two, days.  If you look at the expiration date on those packaged pre-sliced apples, it goes up to three weeks.  What's with that?!!!  I can hardly keep a whole apple fresh that long! 

For those readers/lurkers who just want to know how to prepare sliced apples themselves, you have some good suggestions.

Now.... does anyone have a good non-fattening alternative to caramel apples?  I'm hungry!!!!

Original Post by sybil878:

Original Post by kaufmkk:

I'm not bashing anyone here, but I AM curious.... what's wrong with just taking along a regular apple and eating it?  

I was thinking the same thing ... like I'm the crazy one for just eating the apple the way it was grown - lol. Although I remember all the apples I threw out of my lunch when I was 10 and I think I probably would have eaten the pretty looking apple slices even though I ditched the actual apple every day ... not saying I was too smart - lol.

As far as taste goes, if you haven't tried organic apples I highly suggest it - they taste incredible!!! I wasn't a believe in being able to taste the organic difference, but wow - apples are soooo much better organic!!!

Exactly. Why can't you just eat a regular, unsliced apple? P.S - I am not American :P

Original Post by stefaniepaglinco:
I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.... free to buy a regular apple or a bag 'o slices. In Communist China, you take the apple your given and you like it, mister!
Can't say I've ever had a problem buying an apple in China. Or having a problem with disliking it :P Nor do I know why Americans seem to insist on saying they're "free"... no other free country insists on pushing the point, and it's not like Americans are any more free than the rest of the Western world.

Those store apples are packaged like the McDonald's apple dippers or the slices you can get at subway. They have vitamin C and calcium in them I believe to help prevent the browning.

I think that's a great idea to take them to the movies with you! I think they're convenient and a great idea for lunches at work or snacks on the go

I tried a package of sliced apples today. It was so gross. They were mushy, and had an after taste that reminded me of alcohol. It had absorbic acid and calcium cholride(sp) in the ingredients.

I'll stick to real apples. :3

Original Post by cptbunny:

I tried a package of sliced apples today. It was so gross. They were mushy, and had an after taste that reminded me of alcohol. It had absorbic acid and calcium cholride(sp) in the ingredients.

I'll stick to real apples. :3

 ahahhaha I ended up buying them for the movies last night and I agree, they were so gross! That alcohol taste I found tasted like cream soda... it was not how I pictured them. So I guess everyone will be happy to know that I am probably just going to buy an apple core thing and eat brown apples. lol

This is for the OP, I buy mott's green apples. I love green apples because they are sour but when buying a whole apple 1)they're expensive at the food store 2) they are not always sour 3) they normally have 1-2 soft spots on them. I know soft spots arnt that bad but still. My food store sells small green apples in a bag of 10 for the same price as the sliced but these are even worse and dont last as long. 1 box of the sliced apples can last me for 2 weeks only for $4. The only bad this is that if they arnt kept well they do get mushy. But they still taste great and no browning.

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Can't say I've ever had a problem buying an apple in China. Or having a problem with disliking it :P Nor do I know why Americans seem to insist on saying they're "free"... no other free country insists on pushing the point, and it's not like Americans are any more free than the rest of the Western world.

ha ha, I am american and i totally agree! so funny how so many americans think that everyone else in the world must be living in chains and can't make ANY decisions on their own...and they must all be miserable too...but if they lived in america, shoot, their lives would be nearly perfect...let's travel peeps! (sorry, i also digress from the original question)

it's a digression, leilanijj, but it's a good one.  the assertion that "america" is synonymous with "freedom" is really getting old.

I believe the browning is caused by oxygenation.  I don't know if this will work, but what if you got one of those vacuum sealer things with reusable bags (less waste) and tried vacuum sealing them?

I have a reynolds brand one and it works pretty darn well for meat.  I think I'll try it for cut avocados.

Original Post by shaded44:

I believe the browning is caused by oxygenation.  I don't know if this will work, but what if you got one of those vacuum sealer things with reusable bags (less waste) and tried vacuum sealing them?

Vacuum-sealed plastic-bagged apples?? I just can't get past the point that, if you just carried a whole apple, none of this would be necessary!

Even if they do get a little brown after you slice them up, they taste fine and are fine to eat. Plus, when you're in a dark movie theater, it doesn't really matter whether they come from a zip-lock or the pre-packaged one. A little enzymatic browning never hurt anyone.

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