How to remove wax from apples

Written by marie mulrooney
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How to remove wax from apples
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Left to their own devices, apples produce a natural wax coating that helps the fruit stay crisp and moist. Organic apples will still have their natural wax coating; non-organic apples typically lose their natural wax coating through the washing and brushing process they undergo, so apple growers spray the harvested fruit with a natural, FDA-certified, “safe to eat” wax coating. This wax coating--plus any surface debris--can be scrubbed off with a simple vegetable brush if you don’t care to eat it.

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Things you need

  • Lukewarm water
  • Sink or large bowl
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable brush

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  1. 1

    Rinse each apple in lukewarm water to remove dirt or any other surface debris. Use your hand to help rub any debris off, if necessary.

  2. 2

    Fill the sink or a large bowl with lukewarm water.

  3. 3

    Add one tbsp lemon juice and one tbsp baking soda to the water in the sink. Stir or agitate the water thoroughly to blend the ingredients together.

  4. 4

    Dip each apple in the lemon juice/baking soda/water mixture. Dip a vegetable brush in the mixture also, and use it to scrub each apple gently on all sides. This will remove the wax: both the natural kind from the organic apples, as well as the artificially-applied kind from the non-organic apples.

  5. 5

    Rinse each apple in a separate sink, or swish it in a bowl of clean water. This will remove any remaining debris or loose bits of wax.

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