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Greatest Handy Gadget Ever for Peeling Apples & Pears

Updated on October 23, 2013

My Progressive Peeler and Corer

for both apples and pears is like a dependable old friend. It has been around my kitchen for years and years of happy use.

I bought it to ease the task

of making applesauce, one of Autumn's delights, and quarts of pear butter and apple butter, a big job I couldn't have done without my peeler.

Cut the peeling time by bajillions

and that's the real convenience. I first used it back in the family home where I canned scads of quarts of applesauce every year. I also made quarts of pear butter and apple butter, and couldn't have done it without my peeler.

I clamped it onto my deeply overhanging countertop, or onto the built-in breadboard and happily got the job done in a flash. Since we lived in a prime apple growing region of Washington State we had access to large boxes of fresh apples right at the orchard.

Now I clamp the peeler to my wood block table

or to a large bamboo cutting block. My previous kitchen was so small that I attached the unit to my butcher block art table. Since that setup was over carpet I laid down an old plastic tablecloth to catch any peels that jumped the fence, so to speak, and still enjoyed the process. It makes me feel so competent.

Cooking and canning solo, I still

get my smaller batches done with speed and still enjoy the smooth and easy cranking, always aware of how much hand peeling and slicing my slightly arthritic hands would have resisted doing any other way.

Even for one Thanksgiving apple pie

the peeler makes the job fly. Simple to connect, easy to wash, I love it.

Ball Collection Elite Wide Mount 16Oz Pint Jars (Pack of 4)
Ball Collection Elite Wide Mount 16Oz Pint Jars (Pack of 4)

Surprise family and friends with a specialty jar of your homemade applesauce, apple butter or pear butter, and use these classic jars.

Apple Pie: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie
Apple Pie: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie

Peeling and slicing all this fruit will make you eager to try new recipes and there's a whopping 100 in this beautiful book.


See how very much fun this is. Even the kids want to do it

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Are you ready for some peeling fun? How about some apple pie? Do you can pear butter and apple butter?

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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @LouCannon: That's an idea that never crossed my mind, but I'm running out right now to get a batch of apples for sauce and now I know I'll get a second treat out of them.

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      4 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      @kepezzo: When my peels come off I snack on them... Sometimes I add a dash of cinnamon and sugar... Ohhh and tossing them under the broiler for a couple minutes makes them fantastic!

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      4 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      I have an old style one of these and have to rave about their usefulness!

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      I've seen these before and would love to get one sometime, especially as the apples are coming in thick and fast off our couple of apple trees at the moment!

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      5 years ago

      Can you use only slicer without peeler ? It is shame to throw away peel as there is a lot of good things inside !

    • ayannavenus profile image


      5 years ago

      Ready for the fun....might even attempt some canning:)

    • socialcx1 profile image


      5 years ago

      What a clever little gadget.


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      Scott A McCray 

      5 years ago

      Love mine - just did a review last night...

    • sousababy profile image


      5 years ago

      I don't have one of these yet (honestly, I didn't realize how much fun I could've been having with one). I don't can or make any pear butter or apple butter - but I often find myself "in a jam."

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      Elaine Chen 

      5 years ago

      first time I saw this great tool :-)


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