Jacques Pépin: Peeling, Coring and Slicing Apples

How to peel, core and slice apples.

How to peel, core and slice apples.

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When you use an apple you have to carve it first. This is a technique which is very good but you have to be very careful, if you don't do it properly you will hurt yourself. I put my thumb here and have the point of my knife here. The point of the knife cannot go lower than my thumb. I don't have my thumb here I'm this way I will go into my hand. So first I place my thumb on top of it Plant the knife around and turn it on my thumb, as you can see here there's no danger of cutting. I can even use this actually on the decoration in my desert. The same thing on the other side. Again with my thumb. Now I start peeling with the knife, yeah now as you can see I'm holding the knife. Almost at the end, and I'm cutting with the front of the knife by this trick because of the texture of the apple. Notice that my left hand, I'm right-handed, is pushing the apple into the knife, almost as much as the other side. Now this you cut in half. Again, the same technique, my thumb here. And I will turn around, again, to remove the core here. Now you can say, well I do that with a melon baller. Fine, it works. This is faster. Then after we slice it, you will take the end of your apple And keep only the center slice which are the same size. This the trimming of the apple is usually carefully cut. Just imagine that this is a dough, I'm doing a tart or something. I will put that on the dough. Spread it out on the dough and then I can take my apple like a deck of card, spread it out this way to arrange them right on top of my apple. Again if that question of speed and efficiency in the kitchen and that tempo.
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Jacques Pépin: Peeling, Coring and Slicing Apples


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