Apples are one of those amazing fruits that have changed a lot even in my lifetime. My top three favorite apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, and Sonya) (yes I did a taste test to decide my favorite apples) weren’t sold in the grocery store when I was a kid. And I’m not even that old! So I’m super grateful that they are so much more easy to find today because I really didn’t like apples until they started to taste like candy.
It’s always really bothered me how long it took me to slice apples. The fruit is the size of my fist and there isn’t even a pit or anything to get in my way. Why does it make me feel like a fool every single time?
Here’s the dealio. I’ve found a way that takes five slices to remove the core of an apple rather than seven (whoopty-doo, I know) and that allows you to have the apple flat on your cutting board most of the time so it’s not constantly slipping out of your hands. Let’s get started!
1. Get your tools!
No need for an apple corer/slicer taking up space in your kitchen drawer. Just grab:
- A knife, preferably a chef’s knife
- A cutting board
- An apple (of course)
- Optional, place a small towel under your cutting board to catch any stray scraps or juice
2. Slice your apple in half.
Place the flat bottom of your apple on the cutting board, steady the fruit with your non-dominant hand, and make a straight slice down the center of your apple.
3. Place your first apple half on its flat side and make a cut at 45 degrees. You’ll start on one side of the core and finish your cut on the other.
Be careful to keep your non-dominant hand in a location where you can secure the apple, but also be out of range for where the knife is heading. If using knives tends to make you feel queasy, I’d suggest purchasing a pair of cut-resistant gloves to help you slice fearlessly.
4. Use another 45 degree cut in the opposite direction to remove the remainder of the core.
5. Slice the two pieces you created into bite-sized widths.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 with the other half of your apple.
Try it out and let me know how it goes! Or if you come up with an even faster way, you have to tell me!