Coring and Peeling Apples

How to Peel, Core and Slice Apples
For Pies, Apple Recipes or Snacks

Coring and peeling apples, and slicing them to make an apple pie, apple crumble, crisp, or any other apple recipe, or simply to enjoy as a healthy snack can be done easily with a paring knife or an apple peeler.

When peeling a few apples, using a paring knife is both quick and simple.

It is worth investing in a good quality paring knife to make the peeling, coring and slicing of the apple a simple task.

I find have one good paring knife that is my "favourite" one that I reach for every time I need to peel or cut up vegetables or fruit. When it starts to get dull, I simply sharpen it with my knife sharpener.

This knife sharpener (see Amazon ad) is a very handy, and inexpensive way to maintain your kitchen knives. I don't know how I managed the first 20 years of working in the kitchen without it! I highly recommend this exact knife sharpener...it belongs in every kitchen! A GREAT gift idea too!



Scroll down for simple instructions for the easiest way to core and peel an apple using a paring knife.

Picture of an Apple Corer and Peeler

When preparing an apple dessert such as an apple pie, or a large apple salad recipe which will require several apples, especially if a large quantity is being made at one time, an automatic apple peeler and corer is the preferred method of choice.

GO to Best Apple Peeler and Corers




Although the apple peel is nutritious, and it is a good idea to hand eat apples with the apple skin, admittedly, some varieties of apples have peel that is rough and not very agreeable to the taste buds.

For some, peeling apples is a matter of taste preference, and for others it may be a health concern. Apples which are purchased from grocery stores may have been "waxed". Waxing may extend the storage time of the apples, but may also trap pesticides between the wax and the apple skin. Apples purchased fresh from produce stands and markets are usually not waxed. 

If you are using a mechanical apple peeler, or you are leaving the peel on the apple, the quickest and most efficient way to slice and core the apple is using a corer/slicer.

This amazing gadget cores and slices the apple with one downward push.

If you do not own one of these, I highly recommend you purchase one. They are inexpensive, and they are available at most grocery stores, or you can purchase this product online from Amazon.com (see product description at right).

They are great for making a quick apple snack for the kids! 

Best Apple Corer and Slicer

How to Peel, Core, & Slice Apples Using a Knife

How to Peel an Apple / Apple Peeling

Step #1 - Quarter the Apple - using a sharp paring knife, cut the apple in half from the top to the bottom, then cut each half from the top to bottom again.


How to Core an Apple

Step #2 - Cut Out the Apple Core - using the paring knife, cut out the apple core of each quarter apple slice by making a "v-shaped" cut.


Peeling Apples

Step #3 - Peel the Apple Skin - using the paring knife, peel each apple slice, being careful not to remove too much of the apple fruit.


Peeling Apples with a Knife

Step #4 - Slice the Apple Quarters - using the paring knife, slice the apple quarters into strips along their length, according to how thick you wish the apple slices to be.


How to Chop Apples

Step #5 - Making Apple Chunks - if you wish to make apple chunks, cut the apple strips again, crosswise to create small chunks of apple. You can also choose to grate the apple using a regular cheese or vegetable grater.


If you are peeling apples as a snack to be eaten at a later time, or you are preparing apples to be served on a fruit tray with apple fruit dip, you may wish to process them as follows to help prevent the peeled apples from turning brown too quickly:

GO to How to Help Prevent Apples from Turning Brown


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