“ Stainless steel tool cores and cuts fruit into 10 wedges, eliminating seeds with a coring blade larger than most. Protective cover now included! „
We have many different kitchen and household gadgets in our house and one of the best ones we have is our Pampered Chef Apple Wedger which we bought about six months ago for just under ten pounds direct from Pampered Chef, as I don't beleive you can actually buy these things in any stores. It was my other half who decided we needed one to mainly encourgae the little lad to eat his fruit as he generally does not like it.
This has a three year guarantee and is made from good solid stainless steel with ten very sharp blades to cut your apple into ten even segments. It is very easy and simple to use and the idea is that you place your apple on the top and press down firmly and hey presto - you are also able to remove the core in the middle and can just chuck it away - so there is no waste. I take a little while to get the apple in position before I press down but once you have used it a few times, it gets a little easier and you get more used to exactly where it is best to place the apple. I particularly like the fact that the handles are very wide (and also made of stainless steel) so this makes gripping hold and pressing down that much easier in my opinion.
It is easy to keep clean but some may find it a little bit fiddly, especially washing between the blades, and you can either wash it by hand or you can also pop it into the dishwasher. Although some may find it fiddly, I personally find it very simple to keep clean and the bits of apple just wash off straight away.
It does look very stylish as it sits on our black worktop and a lot of poeple have commented on how good it looks. It also comes with a very handy plastic protective cover to make sure those sharp blades do not come into contact with inquisitive little fingers.
In our opinion a smashing gadget.
I've said in my previous reviews that I do get given a lot of kitchen gadgets for birthdays and Christmas because I love them. I love them mainly because they are total gimmicks and it is my husband's job to wash them up afterwards - so I can have all the fun and none of the chore! One of the most recent things I got was this Pampered Chef Apple Wedger, which is a pretty nifty little thing.
I always eat apples with a knife because I have memories of losing teeth in apples as a child - something that I am keen not to repeat since I am on my last set now. The wedger does exactly what a knife does, but with more ease and more precision.
The gadget is made of stainless steel and is basically a flat round device that has a circular hole in the middle and spokes coming off it to make the wedges. There is a stainless steel handle on each side for gripping.
So, what's good about it? Well it is really easy to use. You just need to put your apple on a flat surface and then position the device over the top so that the hole in the middle surrounds your apple's core and then you push down firmly. The blades on the wedger are surprisingly sharp (definitely best kept away from little hands and those hands that belong to clumsy people) and it is surprisingly easy to push the wedger through your apple. I find the best thing to do first is press it in a little way so that you can get a groove, just so you can position it properly and you don't go sending it off in the wrong direction.
The handles are pretty wide so it is very easy to grip and to apply a reasonable amount of pressure. Since it is made out of stainless steel, it is very solid and not at all flimsy. The wedger removes the core neatly and leaves you with ten nice sized slices of apple that are the prefect size for eating.
So what's not so good about it then? Well the main thing is the price. I had no idea how much it cost because it was a gift, but a quick search on the internet shows that they cost in the region of £10. Oddly enough there is one for sale on Amazon at £28 and from the pictures it looks to be exactly the same thing. Even at £10, it is ridiculously overpriced. It is a nice little gadget, but for that kind of money, you'll probably find that a knife would suffice. I can't believe that hubby would have paid that much though, so you can probably get it in kitchen gadet shops for less.
The other downside to it is that it is more difficult to clean than a knife is. Like I said, I don't do the washing up, but hubby says it's a pain because of all the little spaces between the blades.
Overall, I'd recommend it because it is handy and it is easy to use, but I wouldn't pay £10 for it, that's for sure.
As far as kitchen gadgets are concerned this one is probably one of my favourites. I have really sensitive teeth and when I bite into a whole apple, it tends to be really painful as a combination of the pressure and the coldness of the fruit really starts to niggle my teeth. I am not lazy through a good paring knife in my skilful hands (joke) can make quick work of an apple. My mum had other ideas though and brought me this apple wedger in order to make things a little quicker for me.
I have seen similar devices before that remove the core of the apple, but this one is really useful because it slices it into segments too.
The machine is made from stainless steel and is round with ten bladed segments. These blades are really shape and you need to be careful when washing or putting your device away. There is a plastic cover to store the wedger in.
To use the device you need to place your apple on a hard surface or chopping board. Then place the device on top. At the centre of this segmented circular device is a smaller circle that you need to line the apple core up with.
Next you need to push down the bladed device against the apple and with not much pressure, the blades slip down and you are left with ten segments of apple and a thin apple core. This core tends to be quite thin so not much of the apple is wasted. The apple is now ready for you to enjoy. There are two handles either side so you have a firm grip of the machine.
You can use other fruits with the device such as pears and oranges but as it is mainly designed for an apple with a core, you tend to lose a bit of the fruit that perhaps you did not need to.
I must admit that the novelty of using the device has long since worn off and the drama of getting the device out of the cupboard and then cleaning it afterwards has bored me. I tend to use a knife to cut my apple up. Yes the segments are not perfect but I find it quicker using a knife.
It is a good item though and the results are really reliable. It is really robust and the blades are so sharp that I can imagine they will stay this way for a while. The device can be washed in the dishwasher, but like I said above, just be careful as the blades are super sharp and thin.
My mum paid £9.99 for the apple wedger which is far too much money to spend. It is good quality but this just seems a lot to spend on a tool that I hardly use.
When it comes to recommending the product... I personally would not buy one again as it is something I can live without, but if this is a tool you are looking for and you want perfectly sliced fruit then this one does the job. Another drawback though is that my Grandma who has arthritis struggles with exerting the right amount of pressure to slice the apple, so if it is something you are thinking about, you may want to have a go with one before you actually buy it.
I really like eating apples that are chopped. Especially at the moment when I'm having a nightmare with my wisdom teeth!
This device is really easy to use. You push it down over your apple and it cuts it into neat little segments, leaving the core in the middle. It's made of really high quality material, feels really sturdy and stays nice and sharp (which is a blessing because I have no idea how you'd go about sharpening it)
The slicer is a really good size and I've never had a problem with an apple being too big to fit in it, but the core section is really small, and I often find my segments have a little more core in them than I would like. Because of this, I don't really use my slicer for apples that I'm going to eat raw, more for things that are going into baking. The uniform slices look great in upside down cakes or tarte tatin where the cooking means the core doesn't really matter; it's much less noticeable.
As I mentioned before, the slicer is really sharp. You really need to watch your fingers, I certainly wouldn't think this would be suitable for a child to use.
Please, please, please be careful when using this product. It can be leathal! Whilst it is a clever gadget, there is one problem with it. After slicing the apple, the core gets stuck in the wedger and is difficult to remove. You have to push it out! I accidentally held it the wrong way whilst doing this yesterday in a rush whilst preparing my daughter's packed lunch and ended up with my thumb slipping onto the blades! I have spent the last 2 days at hospital between A&E and the plastic surgery unit and on Friday will be having an operation to repair the tendon in my thumb as the cut has been so deep! It has been very stressful, not to mention painful! Please Pampered Chef, either withdraw this product or look at the design again so the core does not get stuck!
The reason I love the Pampered Chef Apple Wedger is that I can prepare an apple to take out with me. What I do is I 'part wedge' the apple by pushing about three-quarters of the way down, then withdraw the wedger, and then TIGHTLY wrap the whole part-cut apple in cling film or a small plastic bag. The point of this is that I can break off a wedge when I want one, and I can eat it without smudging my lipstick! Wrapping the whole apple in plastic keeps the apple from turning brown, and having small wedges (the wedger makes ten wedges) means the appke is easier to eat. It certainly helps to make an apple child-friendly. You can buy cheaper wedges, but they produce clumsier pieces, in my opinion. And that's the disadvantage: it cost nearly a tenner. However, as I prepare an apple each day for me, and an apple for each of the children's lunchboxes, it is cheap on a price-per-use basis.
This is probably one of the best gadgets I have brought over the years and one that I use frequently.
I was invited to a Pampered Chef party and I brought mine at this, so if you visit their website you can arrange to either host a party or find a local Pampered Chef representative who may be able to order one for you. They ar expensive though at around the £12 mark if I remember rightly.
The wedger is made from stainless steel and is a simple design all in one piece, except for the cover which goes over the blades.
It is circular and has sections which when placed on the top of an apple and pressed down, the wedger will slice through the apple and cut it into segments. It is meant to cut circularly through the core, leaving the segments ready to eat and with no core left on them. However depending on the size of the apple, you may sometimes be left with a small piece of core attached to the edge of the apple segment. This is easily removed with a knife if it bothers you.
I love this gadget. I have weak front teeth and biting into a whole apple is almost impossible for me so being able to use this gives me the oppertunity to eat apples with no pain to my teeth.
The children also love to have their apples segmented and if it makes them eat more fruit it is all good for me.
I highly recommend this, just watch your fingers as the blades are extremely sharp!
Be warned - if you are ever invited to a Pampered Chef evening it is very likely that you will come home with an amazing but slightly expensive gadget which you never set out to buy! This is definitely what happened to me the day I bought my Pampered Chef Apple Wedger. Having said that though, I don't, for one minute, regret my purchase, mainly because I think it is this more than anything else which encourages my daughters to eat fruit!
So what is this little gadget and what does it do? Well, it is made from stainless steel and is circular in shape. The circle is divided into ten segments with a smaller circle in the middle. The first thing you need to be aware of is that these segments are all made up of blades and - believe me - they are very sharp! Because of this, the wedger comes complete with a protective plastic cover which I think is wise to have in place at all times when not in use and definitely to keep out of the way of little fingers!
The wedger works in a very simple way.You place it directly over the centre of an apple lining up the stalk so that it will be within the smaller circle. With the apple placed on a hard surface, press down firmly and - lo and behold - your apple will have been divided into ten perfect segments and the core will have been removed through the middle - pips and all! You don't even have to peel the apple first. The segments are always very easy to just prise way and then the core can just be pushed out of the middle and thrown away. It works incredibly well every single time and not only can you use it for apples but also pears, and even potatoes if you want to make perfect potato wedges and impress all your friends!
It's very easy to clean as well because you can simply put it in the dishwasher with all the other stuff - no problem!
Now I said earlier that this really encourages my children to eat fruit and the reason is because they simply love watching the apple wedger at work.The way all the segments fall outwards once you have pushed it down and the core is left standing up in the middle seems almost magical to them. And of course they can't get to watch this happen if they are not going to eat the pieces afterwards!
Now, you could argue, that you could get exactly the same results by just using a sharp vegetable knife and having a firm hand! But it just isn't the same. I honestly don't think that my girls are going to get excited over fruit if they simply have to watch me cutting it with a knife! And there is something extremely satisfying producing all those perfectly formed segments!
Now I'm sure by this point that as well as thinking that you cannot live without this truly wonderful gadget, you also want to know 'what does it cost?' Well, I have to tell you that it's not cheap! In fact I paid the grand total of £9.75 for my corer but it did come with a three year guarantee! I've also had it for about two years and the blades seem as sharp as the first time I used it! You could at this point easily be thinking that 'that's a heck of a lot to pay for a glorified vegetable knife' but it's not so much to pay for a magical gadget that encourages children to eat fruit!
So, either this was one of the best buys I have ever made, or someone saw me coming a mile off! You decide! Personally - I love it!
this has got to be the best kitchen tool in the world. my kids will now eat an apple a day without any fuss or bother. SIMPLY FANTASTIC and well worth the money!!!
Stainless steel tool cores and cuts fruit into 10 wedges, eliminating seeds with a coring blade larger than most. Protective cover now included!