Monday, December 8, 2008

Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer

This is not a device for torturing small animals, but rather a gadget that really is great at what it does: a pèle-pomme trancheur (apple peeler/slicer). You insert the apple and crank; in approximately 2 seconds, you have uniform, peeled 1/4-inch apple slices, ready to be sautéed or put on a crust and made into an apple tart. I bought mine (a Matfer) in France but have seen them in the US. I saw one at Bed Bath & Beyond (made in Asia and priced below $20) that allows you to core and slice without peeling, or to peel without slicing, but I stupidly didn't buy it and haven't seen it again. The only downside of this item is that it is what Alton Brown calls a uni-tasker and takes up precious kitchen space; so resist the urge if you don't peel and slice a lot of apples.

Bobby Jay

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