10 Apple Gadgets for Peeling, Prepping, Juicing and Storing Your Favorite Fall Fruit
Before pumpkin pie season gets into full swing, let's all take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that apples are hitting their peak. The early autumn is the perfect time in indulge in all of the dessert applications apples have to offer. In fact, we have 30 days of apple recipes, so there's no excuse not to enjoy Galas and Granny Smiths the entire month long.
Whether you're hitting the produce stand or picking your own, here are ten gadgets you might want to have on-hand to make the most of apple season.
Apple Peeler & Corer
This manual, crank-operated device makes quick business of peeling and removing the pesky seeds from apples. (Bonus: it works on pears and potatoes, too!)
Apple Peeler/Corer, $30 at williams-sonoma.com
Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice
For a more advanced option, you can upgrade your KitchenAid mixer to mechanize the whole process, which might be worth it if you've regularly got a whole bushel's worth of apples to get through. Five included blades also slice and spiralize.
5 Blade Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice, $130 at kitchenaid.com
A favorite of the Food & Wine Test Kitchen, these handy (and cheap!) peelers are perfect for anyone taking a more hands-on approach.
Kuhn Rikon 3-Set Original Swiss Peeler, $9 at amazon.com
Combined with the peeler above, this tool is a more budget-friendly item to keep around if you're a less-than-hardcore apple fan. It's also used in the Food & Wine Test Kitchen by our very own Mad Genius Justin Chapple.
Cuisipro Apple Corer, $10 at bedbathandbeyond.com
Stainless-Steel Apple Slicer
Slicing apples for snacks or breaking them down for pies and tarts gets a little faster when you're coring and cutting in one motion.
Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Stainless-Steel Apple Slicer, $12 at williams-sonoma.com
Slice apples (and many other fruits and vegetables, of course) for pies, tarts and more with speed and consistency.
Benriner Mandolin Super Slicer, $40 at amazon.com
An extra-wide feed on this juicer means you can drop whole apples in and appreciate their full autumnal essence.
Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor, $100 at amazon.com
If you prefer to store your apples in the refrigerator, a produce keeper like this one could make them last a little longer with its ethylene gas-absorbing carbon filter.
Oxo GreenSaver Produce Keeper, $20 at amazon.com
Microwave Treat Dipper
This microwave-safe vessel is designed for melting caramel or chocolate for dipping apples and other fruits without the worry of burning. A quick zap will re-warm your dip when it starts to cool off during longer apple-candying sessions.
Microwave Treat Dipper, $15 at amazon.com
Clay Apple Baker
Perfectly bake a single apple for a hearty dessert with this natural clay vessel, which features an unglazed top that can be soaked in water before hitting the oven to create a steaming effect.
Romertopf by Reston Lloyd Natural Glazed Clay Apple/Pear Baker, $15 at amazon.com