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How To Carve Apples And Prevent Them From Browning

>>  6/13/2013

I love to carve apples. Apple is a perfect material, pattern carved on its skin has a wonderful contrast. This fruit is always availiable at market, so I often add a carved apple to my arrangements

The most popular questions I have ever asked is about preventing apples from browning. Indeed, apples easily get dark and can spoil overall impression of your display. In this post I will show and explain what I do to keep carved apple fresh.  

Apple carving for fruit displays

These apples were created as fruit plate's decoration. The apples were carved 12 hours before the photos were taken. They were kept in a fridge overnight, and I am sure they will stay in good condition more 5  or 6 hours that they are supposed to be displayed (I have checked that :-))

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Apple carving

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Apple carving for fruit display

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Green apples and fragipani flowers

Did you notice that I also love adding frangipani flowers to my displays? This flower was showed me by Khun Narata at her carving class in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I found the flower useful for carving bouquets. It looks sunny and bright.  This type of flower carving keeps good shape during displaying, without getting weak (this is a very important point). 

A florist friend told me off for using yellow color repeatedly  in my displays. Well, I like yellow color, it looks appealing to eat :-)  Do you think so?

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Apple carving details

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Apple garnish for fruit plate

How to carve apples and prevent them from turning brown

There are a few tips on carving apples:

1. Do not carve apples deep inside unless you want them getting dark quickly. Beautiful patterns can be done on the contrast between red/green skin and white flesh, whithout deep cuts.

2. To safe the carved parts white treat them with lemon juice.
I do the following trick. Dissolve lemon acid crystals in water. Dip the apple in the water each time after carving a number of elements and lines. This makes a carved pattern lasting for hours.

3. Wrap a carved apple in food wrap to avoid oxygen make its business.

4. Keep carved apples in a cold place or in a fridge.

Check out how to spray apple carivngs with lemon juice

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Dissolve lemon acid in water

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Carve a number of elements

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Dip the apple in acid water to treat the white parts

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Carve other section of the pattern and dip the apple in acid water again.

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Continie carving and dipping.
Your pattern may take a time, so applying acid water to new details
will secure your nice apple centerpiece 

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Cover the carved apple witn a food plastic wrap to keep the apple away from air

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The apple covered with plastic food wrap should be kept in a cool place
Tools used in this apple carving instruction:
Thai knife

9 коммент. :

Chef Linny June 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM  

Great post, I get that question a lot too and just use lemon juice and water. I have never used 'lemon acid crystals' but you seem to have even less browning with this method, I will have to try this ... thanks for sharing!

Selena Ze Arteest June 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM  

@Chef Linny, Hi Linda, I found the lemon acid method more practical and saving. I used to brush and spay apple with acid water, and after all I got that dipping works much better.

Kathleen Richardson June 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM  

Selena, thank you for the instructions on keeping apples fresh and white. I've used lemon juice and water, like Chef Linny, but never for a long period of time. Now I know there is a way to keep them looking fresh and crisp, even overnight.

Anonymous ,  August 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM  

Thanks for sharing though I'm not a carver.

Anonymous ,  August 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM  

Selena thank you for sharing though I'm not a carver.

Farida Bagwala ,  August 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing this, Apple is a beautiful fruit for carving, now I can store it for a longer time

Selena Ze Arteest September 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM  

Hi Farida, thanks for leaving the comment. I hope you will have beautiful and fresh apple carving displays with a help of the tips. Happy carving!

Radhika September 15, 2013 at 1:16 AM  

i made only swan out of apple and these beautiful apple carvings are fabulous thanks for sharing with us and thanks for the tip of lemon juice ..

Apples Heal ,  October 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM  

I have an event and want to know where I can get some carved apples for the food table. I'm in the Washington DC area

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