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keeping apples and avocado from turning brown

Tired of fruit turning brown prematurely?

Fruit-Fresh from Ball is a handy product that helps protect freshly cut produce from turning brown fast – and without changing the flavor!

But does it work on apples? Guacamole? Read on for all the different ways I use this product, and try it for yourself!

sprinkling ball fruit-fresh onto an apple slice

Sliced produce turns brown naturally when exposed to air.

Those brown spots (also known as fruit rust) are caused by oxygen in the air reacting with the plant enzyme polyphenol oxidase.

Ball Fruit-Fresh contains citric acid that helps protect fruit from browning for about 8 hours (according to the label). To use it, sprinkle it right on the fruit or make a solution with a little water and then coat the fruit fresh after slicing.

apples in a baggie with fruit fresh

Fruit-Fresh is perfect for packing lunches.

I know my kids aren’t as likely to eat sliced apples in their lunch if they turn brown, so this is a great option to combat that issue. But even if you slice apples for fruit salad or fruit trays for entertaining, this is a great product to have on hand!

apples using Ball Fruit-Fresh vs. not using

Yep, I realize pineapple juice or lemon juice can yield similar results for apples.

I like this solution a little better than those because I don’t have to open an entire can (or keep lemons/juice on hand). You can just keep Fruit-Fresh in the pantry.

Fruit-Fresh is also used commonly for canning fruit, making pies, and also for dehydrating fruit (which makes sense since it’s in the canning supplies aisle at most big box retailers or grocers).

cream cheese caramel apple dip

Fruit-Fresh keeps fruit photo ready, too!

Making food look delicious is a priority for me as a food blogger. I remember once photographing a caramel apple dip, and the apples were almost turning brown immediately. Yuck.

I actually came across this tip about using Fruit-Fresh while reading food photography/styling articles. It definitely makes sliced fruits look more appealing for a longer period of time.

keeping guac fresh with Ball Fruit Fresh

Here are some suggested uses for Fruit-Fresh:

  • Fresh Produce: Sprinkle ½ tsp onto 1 cup sliced fruit or vegetables and toss.
  • Fruit Tray & Salad: Mix 2 tsp in 3 Tbsp water and toss with up to 1 quart of sliced fruit or vegetables. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Serve within 6 hours.
  • Guacamole/Dip: Stir 2 tsp into ingredients for each cup of dip.
  • Recipes: Mix 3 Tbsp to 2 quarts of water and add sliced fruit or vegetables. Drain. Prepare recipe.
  • Canning or Freezing: Add 1 tsp to each cup of liquid in the recipe.
  • Freezing: Mix 1 Tbsp with each quart of sliced fruit, or mix 1 Tbsp with 1 cup sugar for each qt of sliced fruit.
  • Dehydrating: Mix 2 Tbsp to 2 quarts water and add fruit. Drain and pat dry. Prepare recipe.

fresh fruit before and after on guacamole

Fresh-Fruit works for keeping guac fresh overnight, too!

I was curious if Ball Fruit-Fresh slowed down the browning process on fresh guacamole. I was a tad skeptical, so I did my own experiment!

On the left, I added the Fruit-Fresh, and on the right none was added. They were both covered in the fridge. You can see how the guac without it, on the right, turned watery and brown after 8 hours in the fridge. The one with Ball Fruit-Fresh is green and fresh.

after using ball fruit-fresh on apples and avocados

How did Fruit-Fresh work on avocados and apples?

I sprinkled Ball Fruit-Fresh on avocados and apples and left them on the counter for 4 hours. There’s a noticeable difference between the left side and right side. (The left side has the Fruit-Fresh.) It’s interesting how the avocado with Fruit-Fresh is turning brown about half as fast as the one without!

container of Ball-Fruit fresh on the Counter with sliced produce

The consensus? I’ll continue to use Ball Fruit-Fresh! So far I’ve successfully used it on apples, pears, avocados, guacamole, and bananas.

Try it and let me know what you think!

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Comments 49

  1. Dee

    Can’t wait for the nonbrowning Arctic Apples to be widely available. Meanwhile, I’ll pick up some Fruit Fresh.

    • Anna

      That is a GMO apple! No than! I wish people would wake up.

  2. J.H.509

    Where did you purchase this?.? I would love to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      My grocery store sells it, and most big boxed retailers have it with the Ball canning supplies. Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Jackie

    I usually use lemon juice but I might try this. I have seen it at my grocery store and had no idea what it was for. Never took the time to read the label. Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure ya it’s handy to have on hand! Thanks Jackie!

  4. Beth

    My mom ALWAYS had this in the cupboard when I was growing up but I completely forgot about it until now! Thanks!

      • Lena

        I may go grab it off of the craft table – I purchased it to make bath bombs 🙂

      • Melissa

        Thanks for letting me know about this item. I actually already have this on hand from Amazon as I got it to make batch bombs, but now I know I can use it for multiple things.

        • Kimberly Fay

          how do you know how much to use. I have that to for making bath bombs.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure beth! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Laura

    Tossing apples in Sprite also works, which gives them a nice flavour for fruit salad. Does the fruit fresh work for bananas?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, it slowed down browning a little in a recent dessert I made.

  6. CillaW

    Does it leave a after taste? I choose not to buy pre sliced fruit or packaged because of it. I’ve tried lemon juice it helps but my kids dislikes there’s still a after taste🙄 I’ll give it a try, my kids will be happy to see fresh looking fruit packaged again.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I did not notice much of an aftertaste. Hope that helps 🙂

    • kk

      soak apple slices for 30-60 sec in 2 tsp honey dissolved in 1 cup of water to prevent browning. works for pears as well.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Thanks for the tip!

  7. Renee

    I can’t stand fruit that tastes like lemon juice so I’ll be trying this but mostly excited to try it in guacamole. I use tons of lime juice but it still turns brown and makes it too mushy. I like a thick chunky guac.

  8. acgold

    We use this to clean the grout as well! Many cleaners contain citric acid. It makes everything white!!

  9. Denise

    Has anyone seen this at Walmart? What isle? Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      It would most likely be with the ball canning supplies/jars.

    • Lori

      Denise… at my Wal-Mart it’s with the canning supplies by the kitchenware section, not on the grocery side.

    • Gina G.

      It’s in the canning section 🙂

  10. Shelly

    So I read some where about using salt water for this purpose, my friend tried it after I told her about it & she said it worked

    • Iris

      I work at a place where we prepare fruit trays. When we have apples, that is what we do. We get a non metal boil and place tons of ice with a little salt and cut up and soak maybe 15 to 30 minutes before we need to put out on line. Works great. Even when we take leftovers home, they still stay green.

  11. Rf

    I usually put fruit juice in my fruit salad or any citric fruit juice to prevent browning! But I am gonna try this next time!

  12. SUZY

    Fruit Fresh has been around for years. I’ve been buying since my kids were very little, they are now 16 & 18. I think they just rebottled it and made it look like a ‘new’ product. It’s the same it has always been, and yes it really works on almost everything.

  13. Susan Hillegeist

    We use pineapple juice for our apples, slice them, soak in pineapple juice, no need to leave in there. Once coated in pineapple juice they last in your lunchbox. We went through 5lbs of apples per day done this way with swimmers on a training trip last summer.

    • Kate

      Great tip with the pineapple juice, I’m going to try it. Thx.

  14. Shannon

    Does this have a taste? I usually use lemon juice or salt water for apples but my picky kid won’t eat anything that has a taste.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I don’t think it does. My kids haven’t said so, and they did notice lemon juice.

  15. Suzi

    This thing is expensive (IMHO). Salt water or lemon juice is much cheaper and does the trick.

  16. Lisa

    It’s $3.48 at my Walmart here in Indianapolis so not too expensive. Will be trying this on my grout thanks for the tip:)

  17. Tracey

    I used to put sliced apples for my kids in orange juice; much better flavor than lemon juice and stops the browing. I will definitely have to try the Fruit Fresh for avocados; my DH eats them a lot and there is usually one in the fridge turning brown… Thanks for the info!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      you’re welcome Tracey!

  18. Reese

    Good one Lina! Love all your food tips…
    Could you please tell all the ingredients in that box? Thanks!

  19. Katie D.

    Foodbabe where are you? What is this actually made of? Not just citric acid.

  20. Mary

    Does it work on Mushrooms ?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m not sure on that. Let us know if you try!

  21. Sally

    Leave the avocado seed in the guacamole. This helps to keep it less brown as well.

  22. Renee

    I use it all the time. Works great!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay thanks for sharing Renee!

  23. browniesmomma

    I have been using this for years. It is great for avacodo, guacamole, bananas, peaches, mangoes, apples, anything that you want to keep looking fresh! I pick it up in the canning area at menards also. Many stores carry it now too.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so helpful! Thanks for all the great suggestions 👍

  24. Cheryl

    I have also found that if you cut your fruit with a ceramic knife blade and not a metal knife blade it will also help to not turn your fruits brown. I use Kyocera brand knives. They are expensive BUT worth EVERY penny in my book.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for staying!

  25. Ms. Frizzle

    Safer….. more natural way is dunk the apples in orange juice.

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