In our house, we love apples. We love dehydrated apples, applesauce, just plain apples (and I love ’em with peanut butter, as a mid-afternoon snack). But the biggest pain about apples is the peeling and slicing, especially when you’re working with a bunch of ’em.
Enter the peeler/slicer/corer. We bought ours for $20 at Shafer’s Ace in Eureka. They have another one for $27 that has a suction cup instead of a clamp, but I prefer the clamp (just my own preference, plus reviews I’ve read online and heard from friends).
The gadget basically has two settings: Slice/core only (see above) and peel/slice/core. Why wouldn’t you want to peel? I prefer to leave the peels on when I dehydrate apples… the advantage is more fiber and vitamins.
The gadget is relatively cheap, completely kinetic (human power win!) and pretty simple to operate. As a general rule, aim for the apples that are straight, as the peeler and slicer can get a little wonky if the core is crooked. That aside, I figure it’s easy enough to cut the core pieces off of the sliced apple, when things go a little awry.
The cores and peels are perfect chicken snacks or fodder for your compost pile. They might also be well used in a juicer… I’ll let y’all know when we get our hands on one.