Easy Apple Slicer
One of my favorite things about fall is cooking with apples. I love to make apple butter, apple sauce and a whole range of desserts with apples. For years I have brought home apples and sat at the kitchen table with a sharp knife to peel, core, and slice the apples. I am sure that each fall I rack up hours of time with this process. I will tell you, this part is NOT my favorite part of fall!
My husband loves apples too! Especially the apple pies that I bake. I never realized that he even noticed all the time I spent preparing the apples till one day last fall when he came home from the grocery store with an apple corer and divider. He had found the product in the sale bin for a dollar and gave it to me saying "maybe this will make the job a bit easier". The product was similar to the one in this photo except that it was plastic. Even so, I tried it and it worked great. I was amazed at how much time it saved in the apple preparation process.
Now I just peeled my apples and then pressed the new gadget down on the apples and they came out cored and in uniform slices. I found that for my apple sauce and apple butter they were just the right size. For the pies and some of the other desserts, I do give the apples a second slice to make them a bit thinner. But all in all this handy little gadget saved me lots of time. I used it all year round whenever I did anything with apples.
Well it's apple time again and a friend brought over a huge bag of apples. I sat down to start the preparation and with the second apple I was coring, I heard a snapping sound. The plastic had snapped in half. Now what was I to do, I had lots of apples and I sure didn't want to have to peel, core and slice them the old fashioned way.
My husband came to the rescue again. This time he bought an Oxo Apple Corer and Divider. This product works the same way as my plastic divider from last year but it is made of stainless steel and has non slip rubber handles. The handles really take the tension off your handles and it easily cores and slices all in one step.
Bring on the apples!!
This video shows you just how easy the Oxo apple corer and divider is to use. Here is one additional sugggestion. After you have pushed all the way down move the corer to the left and right while still pressing on your cutting board. This will cut the apples all the way through.
Quick and Easy. Your apples are peeled and cored in short order.
I love applesauce and make this recipe frequently throughout the year. I never add sugar, but if you like your sauce a bitter sweeter you could add sugar during the cooking process. If you like chunky apples sauce then cut the cooking time a bit and do not mash the apples quite as much.
For a bit different flavor you can add a handful of cranberries to the cooking apples. It makes a pretty and tasty dish over the holidays!
- 10 apples
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup canberries (optional)
- For my easy apple sauce you just peel your apples and then core and slice them. Put the apples in a pot and add water to not quite cover the apples. Add you spices and cook for about 10-15 minutes until soft. I then use a potato masher to mash the apples into apples sauce. Cool in pot and then pour into container and refrigerate.