An apple slicer called an Apple Peeler-Corer-Slicer (say that five times fast!) is a handy tool that is worth every penny. Personally, I think they're worth their weight in gold, and I use mine constantly during apple season.
If you are freezing, dehydrating, or canning apples, buy one. It truly is worth it. If you can't buy one, borrow one.... really, it saves a ton of time. I use the Pampered Chef Version. But there are other versions on the market too, though mine can also be used as just a corer and slicer, which is why I love it so much. (See more below.)
If you are making apple sauce or apple butter, this tool makes peeling, coring, and slicing apples easy.
My kids love to help and think it is fun to eat an apple in curlicues.
You can also use this peeler to just core and slice your apple, without peeling it. I make my slicer do this by pulling the first blade out of the way and locking it down with the lever.
I also use my apple slicer for potatoes. Stick your potato on lengthwise, just like an apple. Slice. Your potato will be sliced into curlicues just like the apples above. This will also leave the "core" of the potato.
Sprinkle your potato curly-Q's with salt or seasoning, roast them in the oven, and make curly fries. You can bake the "cores" at the same time. Or slip them in a Fry Daddy and deep fry.
There are different versions of this tool on the market. So if you're looking to buy one, watch how it attaches to your counter.
For example, I have a butcher block counter top in the my kitchen, so I prefer a clamp style apple slicer. But some other versions on the market use suction cups instead. Suction cups, however, wouldn't work on my counter top, so pick whatever option works better for you.
The apple slicer makes super thin slices, which work great if you're dehydrating apples or making applesauce. But what if you want bigger pieces of apple?
Well, you can use the apple slicer to just peel the apple without slicing it! See the second blade of the apple slicer that actually cuts and cores the apple? I just loosen that up and move it down, out of the way. Then you can peel the apple without slicing it.
I love my apple slicer! It makes nice, thin slices for eating apples or making apple pies and applesauce.Here are some ideas to help you use all of your apples: