Friday, December 5, 2008

Apple Peelers

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How many times have you thought about making a nice apple dessert, then looked at that pile of apples and said, "forget it–too much work"? Welcome the new "old" machine: the apple peeler. These have been around for a long, long time. There's a whole list of patents for them dating from the nineteenth century, with all sorts of Victorian frills and gimmicks, but most of them follow a basic pattern: something to hold an apple against blade and a way to rotate the apple, usually with a crank. The biggest difference among them is that some are really big (if you're feeding a large family plus the farm hands, you've got to peel a LOT of apples), and many are small.

And, luckily for us, they're still around. If you're going to make a batch of pies all at once (say, for the holidays), they're a blessing. Stick an apple on the prongs, turn the crank, and presto–your apple is peeled (with a nice long single peel). If you want, it's also cored and sliced, and ready for those pies.

What's more, it's fun! If you've got kids around, let them try it, and those apples will be done in minutes. As an added bonus, you can use it for peeling potatoes.

There are multiple models available now in specialty cookware stores, but it's worth visiting the website where you can order a peeler and replacement parts. You can also order wonderful apples from the same site, including samplers of heirloom varieties you won't find in stores.


Lorna Barrett said...

Or you could buy a can of Comstock apple pie filling. That's what I did for Thanksgiving.

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