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Old 11-06-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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I want to be able to carry an apple with me, but if you put them in your purse or a lunch box they rattle around and get bruised and damaged. I'm currently wrapping them in bubble packing or Jiffy bags but I'm wondering if there is such a thing as an apple protector, since you can get one for bananas, perhaps a neoprene sleeve or something? It's nigh on impossible to Google for because you end up with protection for an iPhone and such rather than for an actual apple.

How do you protect an apple if you need to transport it on a long day?
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Old 11-06-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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they make those foam fruit nets that they pack those japanese apple pears in...I just have no idea where you can buy them
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or maybe...unless you usually only eat really small apples, you could get one of those neoprene sleeves for soda cans and trim it down ... I may have to try this - I tend to carry apples for snacks, but if I don't eat them that day, they're too bruised up later on
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I googled 'fruit protector' and came up with a few things.

This is probably the cutest - from someone in the UK
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tokyotombola?ref=seller_info
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*Laffin'. I read the "Protection for Apple" post and thought it must be for an Apple computer. I learned something--I did not know there was such a thing as a banana protector. Now, as for bananas,*they are some delicate fruits!

As a farm girl, and someone who grows my own apples organically, picks them off the ground and wipes them on my jeans before chomping in, I don't treat them as delicately as all that...the worst thing I can do to affect the taste and texture of an apple is to leave it out of the fridge for any length of time..I would think if you are eating the apple the same day you are carrying it around, a superficial bruise or two would not be an issue. Lord knows any apple I throw in my purse for a noon snack had better fend for itself among the (unthinkable) collection of schtuff I have in there! I really think if you haven't eaten the apple the same day you are transporting it, the best thing to do is re-refrigerate. They are one of our more portable choices, after all.

Good for you for carrying a pectin-rich snack around, and being protective of it, too.
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If you knit or crochet there are free patterns online for fruit sweaters or cozies.


http://vegancraftastic.blogspot.com/...pple-cozy.html

http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/Web...34/Issue34.php

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?&topic=93947.0
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Thanks for the links to the patterns. What fun it would be to make some for little Christmas presents. They are so cute.
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I though they were more silly than practical, at least for apples, but they really are quite handy for thin-skinned fruit like peaches and nectarines (I hate when some of the skin rubs off just from jostling in the lunch bag).

The sweater keeps the skin intact, or at least absorbs the juice if any does rub off.

Cotton yarn works best (or other natural, smooth fiber), because fuzzier yarns can stick to the fruit.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:39 PM   #9
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This is what I use, works pretty good too. yup wrist band aka- apple protector! http://www.midwestsports.com/nike-sw...nds/p/3130005/
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Couldn't you just stick it in a thick sock? Obviously a new, unworn one. Seems like the same concept as knitting one - although they are obviously cuter!

BTW DH doesn't want an apple cozy for Christmas
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:10 AM   #11
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LOL @ knit your own apple cozy. Very cute though! Lots of possibilities there to have a mull over and see if maybe I can adapt one into the other.

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did not know there was such a thing as a banana protector


Not the greatest picture, unfortunately, but you get the idea, a plastic hinged box.
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I have two of the Tupperware banana keepers and love them. I have one in my drawer with my banana right now, actually.



Never thought about apples - Hmmm...
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And I just found these on Amazon.com, too -


Apple & Grape Lockers
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Ha! The knitted fruit cozies are hilarious! I'm going to send that to my knitting friend. But since I'm not a knitter, I'm going to vote for the toe of a cushy cotton sock, wedged inside a squarish plastic container if necessary. Or just a nice old fashioned cloth napkin or handkerchief, in several folded layers if it's not thick enough. Cloth napkins are multi-purpose in a lunchbox -- you can wrap up sandwiches or utensils in them inside your lunchbox, and then spread them on the table to catch crumbs. It's so civilized. And as far as collecting habits go, cheerful cloth napkins are a fairly cheap one. Not that I have a problem or anything...
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