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Kitchen Hack: Honey Water

For decades the tried and true method to keep fruits and vegetables from browning was to immerse the ingredients in a bath of lemon water.  The ascorbic acid (a natural antioxidant) from the lemon changes the surface pH of the ingredient in question and slows oxidation.  However, there is a better method.

Honey.

Honey has a peptide compound that interrupts the process of an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase which is responsible for making apples, pears, bananas, avocados, potatoes and the like, turn brown.

Hack #8: Honey Water

Stir 2 tablespoons into 1 cup of water.  Soak the fruit or vegetable you are using for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  The fruit or vegetable should stay nice and fresh looking for anywhere from 8 – 12 hours.  A longer soak can allow certain fruits and vegetables to maintain their fresh look for up to 24 hours!

A sweeter solution to an everyday problem!

Soak fruits and vegetables in a honey water solution to prevent browning.

Soak fruits and vegetables in a honey water solution to prevent browning.

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