|First apple done!|
It goes really quick - stick the top of the apple on the fork, spin the crank, and the little blade slices away the peel and the circle blade cuts the core right out. The peel comes off in one long ribbon, and the circle blade actually does get all of the core. The inner blade slices the apple into a long spiral. It took only a few minutes to finish the bag of apples, and this method was wonderful for prepping the apples for drying, as each apple was easily sliced top to bottom, resulting in a stack of neat, even slices perfect for the dehydrator.
|Bowl full just that quick|
|Slices in water with lemon juice to prevent browning|
The suction cup on the bottom of the unit is useless, it wouldn't stick to any surface that I tried. I had to hold the unit down with one hand while I turned the crank. I may remove the suction cup, drill some holes through the base, and bolt it to a board for stability.
The apples I purchased came from carefully tended and sprayed trees that were genetically chosen for big round apples. In a normal year, I'd be using the gnarly, odd-sized apples from my antique Northern Spy tree in my yard. I don't think this gadget would handle those quite as well.
My take on it? If you can find this apple gadget for ten dollars or less (or get it as a gift), and plan to do large, uniform apples, it is certainly worth it.
The breeze is brisk and happy today, laughing as it whirls around the house, stirring up some early fallen leaves. Large gray clouds are playing tag with the sunshine, making my kitchen go from brightly lit to dim and gloomy at random times. Good smells fill the air as I'm busy canning chicken, corn, and beans, and dehydrating the apples. I love Fall!