My new iApple gadget…

This is a bit off-topic, but definitely related to outdoor cooking if you plan to make apple pies, strudels, etc. while camping – then it is spot on! 😉

The subject device is really named:

Pinzon Apple and Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer

(I ordered ours from Amazon – see link).  It is sold under several other names other than “Pinzon” – I simply went with the one that was both inexpensive and had the most positive on-line reviews.

Bottom line – it simply WORKS – one of those rare kitchen/cooking gadgets that is worth the money and easy to care for.

Apple Corer/Peeler/Slicer

Apple Corer/Peeler/Slicer

There are quite a few videos available showing how it works you can see by searching YouTube.  We have had ours for several weeks now and I wanted to share a few of my own observations/hints on it.

The only assembly required is to screw the handle onto the unit using a flat-headed screwdriver the right size and your grip strength. I have had NO problems with it loosening up after initial assembly.

This model uses a suction cup base with a lever you throw to establish the vacuum between it and the counter-top/smooth working surface. I rapidly discovered that the best way to go is to press DOWN on the base section with one hand while you throw the lever with the other – then test it by simply trying to lift up.  Using that method, it grabs on and is rock-solid on our counter top for easy one-handed operation to turn the handle.

The little lever on the bottom left, when thrown forward (or away from you in this photo), allows you to swing back the peeler blade and it will remain back while you “mount” your apple on the prongs.  There is another lever on the right/rear which is spring loaded. Depressing it with one hand, will allow you to move the “worm-gear” appearing shaft back and forth with the other hand without having to screw it. (Very handy for loading the next apple).

The blades, (peeler, slicer, and corer), are sharp and one must handle with appropriate caution. This is NOT a “kid-friendly” device and must be put “UP” around little ones.

I must most STRONGLY recommend cleaning it immediately after each use, otherwise the apple juice will interact with the metal blades and dull them.  Cleaning is as easy as using a stiff bristle brush and running water to clean the blades, rinsing off the entire device, then patting it dry with a paper towel. Less than 3 minutes at it worst.

I have found that irregular shaped apples may occasionally require the use of a paring knife to finish the job, and there is always a tiny bit of waste at each end of the apple that I simply snap off and add to the peelings/cores pile. (GREAT addition for your compost pile BTW).

It works best with those lovely little round, green, “Granny Smith” apples, which I already love for cooking or just making snacks.

A single slice down one side of the end product, and your apple can easily be divided into “rings” for dehydrating. Of course, our little ones prefer to see them laid out on paper plates, dusted with sugar and cinnamon, to be immediately consumed because “that is what apples are for Papa”. 8)

EDIT:  One thing I failed to mention above is that your apples must still be firm for this device to work properly.  It simply will NOT peel, (what I consider to be “over-ripe”), “ripe” apples.  They must have a firm skin or it will simply make a mess.

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