Buying apples we usually wash them and eat right away. However, on many of them may be a large layer of wax.
You must know that apples themselves produce an oily film on their surface. They do this when they are stored too long in a warm place or ripen too quickly. This is a perfectly normal process. However, sellers sometimes cover the skin with an additional layer of wax. This makes the fruit shiny and glossy. The wax is supposed to help the apples survive transportation, improve their color and make them firm, fresh and, of course, pretty.
#What is Behind the Name Wax?
Apples are coated with a mixture of waxes, polysaccharides, mineral oils or proteins. In use are waxes of natural origin: carnauba (extracted from palm leaves) or shellac (resin obtained from the secretion of worms). Unfortunately, some manufacturers use waxes based on petroleum or petroleum jelly. Those products are called microcrystalline waxes and are also used to gloss cakes, tablets or chewing gum. Eating large amounts of apples coated with synthetic substances can lead to intestinal disorders, poisoning or headaches.
This is why it is so important to wash apples properly. It takes some work to remove the wax layer from the peel. (The easiest option, of course, would be to peel the apple from the skin). If you want to find out how much wax is on your apples, put them in a bowl and pour hot water over them. The wax will appear as a white residue.
Two Steps for Wax Removal
Add half a cup of vinegar or 2-3 teaspoons of citric acid to a liter of water. Put in the apples and wait a few minutes.
#2 Baking Soda
Add 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda to a liter of water and put the apples. After a few minutes, you will easily remove the wax.
What are your methods for removing wax from apples?