“ Brand: Good Ideas / Product Type: Apple Slicer „
My housemate arrived back from a trip to Ikea with this apple slicer one day and I thought it was a bit of a pointless purchase, I mean, who can't slice their own apples with a knife?! But then I decided to use it one day and found it is actually quite a lot better than a knife!
It takes a bit of pressure to get it to cut through the skin at first, but then slices very easily through the rest of the apple producing even slices AND removing the core. The core for me was always the fiddly bit when cutting up apples with a knife, so the fact that this removes it for you is great. It can be a bit tricky to get the slices out of the slicer as they get a bit stuck sometimes if you don't manage to fully cut through the skin at the bottom (a problem I seem to frequently have, but my housemate never does!)
After use, it's fairly easy to wash up by just giving it a good shake around in washing up water. My housemate likes to try and get in between the blades with the washing up sponge and constantly complains at how difficult it is.
Overall I now think it's quite a good purchase as it makes slicing up apples so much quicker and a bit easier too.
One of the most annoying things I can imagine is a picture of someone (in worst case scenario - me) biting into an apply - that sound of peel cracking, juice splashing around...bleeeah! Otherwise I love taste of apples but for this only reason I used to eat in average 2 apples a year (I admit, too lazy to cut up an apple with conventional knife). However then I came across this nice little thingy at Ikea, only costing £2.50. My husband strictly forbid me to buy it at first as it was "one of those things that will just take up space in the cupboard" but finally I bought it when I became pregnant and started having regular apple cravings.
You will find it quite easily in large baskets with small kitchen utensils in Ikea kitchen department. It comes in no packaging at all - only a cardboard tag is attached with plastic tie (yey, eco-friendly, too!). Its body is made of sturdy apple-green plastic, and is of quite a bulky construction (if you are not exactly an apple-eater, don't buy - it really does take up too much space for occasional use). The inside is a net of metal "knives" that cut the middle out and slice the rest of the apple into regular pieces. I think looking at the picture gives good enough idea as to how to use it.
Since I bought it, I am using it regularly few times a week - it really made me buy and eat more apples. It's just so easy now to prepare healthy snack for TV-time. However, there are few things to point out - the bottom of the slicer is "flat" - rim and knives are in the same level, meaning when you cut through the apple, the knives stop just before cutting through the last bit of skin and you have to use your fingers / some kitchen tool to finish the job. The knives are not particularly sharp, but you have to be careful. It also takes quite a practice if you buy your apples from farm/market - and so they are not exactly perfectly shaped. You have to start pushing in the right angle to cut out the middle bit and not cut through, leaving seeds in and throwing away good bits. Anyway, it can be done. The last thing - washing - I just rinse mine under tap after use, leaving bits of apple dry on it would make the cleaning rather awkward. By the way, metal used for knives looks like it may rust - do not worry, mine did not, even after few washes in dishwasher.
This is one of those products that catches your eye for its design rather than for what it's meant to do. Unless you're familiar with this, you probably wouldn't guess that this is actually meant to be an apple slicer/corer!
HOW IT WORKS
There really isn't nothing too complicated about this. You put an apple on your chopping board with the tip pointing upwards, align this nifty device where the apple tip points out from the centre circle, and press down using the both handles on each side of the slicer. And voila, your apple splits open into nice little slices with the core separated. It probably wouldn't take you any more than a minute to have your apples ready to be eaten! Fast, efficient and practical probably sums it all.
IT'S REALLY CUTE.. BUT...
Of course, this makes everything so simple but to me, I would still prefer to cut up my own apples.. Why?
Firstly, it's generally easy to use but perhaps because I am a little petite, I really do have to exert quite a bit of force just to get my apple cut at one go. My mum never has problems with this (she's quite a bit stronger than me) so I think this might just be a personal issue.
I also don't really like having to wash this device because the centre circle is a little small and compared to using a knife, it's a bit more of a hassle because you have to specifically soap and clean the middle part which may sometimes have apple bits still on it. And of course, it's sharp on the end that cuts the apple in an awkward manner (because of the shape of the slicer) so more care needs to be taken when cleaning.
The next thing is probably just me as well, but everytime I use the slicer I feel kind of scared that the plastic handles will break. Surely they haven't given way yet (my family has used them for about 4 years, and still going strong) but with the force exerted the handles seem to wobble (plus the apple might not be symmetrical, which brings me to another point..) and I'm just not so sure when this device will give way - I'll post us all an update if it does.
Lastly, this slicer seems to be only good for evenly-shaped and symmetrical apples. If you've got an apple that is smaller on one side than the other (ie the tip points diagonally upwards instead of straight up), it becomes a bit tricky to align the slicer to core your apple and you end up missing the core and having to use a knife at the end of the day to remove the seeds and other stuffs. And of course, when you do a 'straight cut' coring like that, I feel that you're actually wasting some parts of the apple that you can actually eat, because when you cut your apples with a knife, you can actually make diagonal cuts to avoid the seeds but leave some of the not-seedy part of the core to be eaten. Of course, furthermore, I've been slicing apples the conventional way for a really long time so I've gotten a little too used (and too efficient) at it so the slicer doesn't really add much value to my apple preparations!
The cutter goes for about 2.5 pounds, which is a steal for what it does. It works well for both large and small apples, and my preference to not use this cute little red thing is probably solely personal. I would recommend that you try it if you find that slicing up apples is a hassle, because this could really make your life much easier.
I bought an apple slicer on a whim one day in Ikea. I find that I do this a lot in Ikea, come out with random items that I don't really need!
The apple slicer is now called 'spritta' in Ikea, and it costs £2.59.
I've actually been pleasantly surprised by how much I've ended up using my apple slicer, I think that when I first came home I probably though that I'd end up donating it to a friend, but actually friends have ended up buying them for themselves.
The apple slicer has stainless steel blades to slice through the apples, and a plastic outer and handles to push down through the apple to slice it. The apple slicer is dishwasher safe.
The apple slicer basically slices apples into equal sized wedges. I know that it is easy enough to just do this with a knife, but believe you me once you've used this apple slicer and seen how quick and easy it is you'll wish you'd bought one before!
I've found that I use my apple slicer for a number of other food items;
obviously I use it to slice apples, either just to eat or to make it easier to then chop up for baking,
I use it to slice onions into wedges for casseroles or roasted vegetables,
I use it to slice tomatoes for salads,
and I mainly use it to slice potatoes to make potato wedges, it is much quicker than slicing them with a knife, and it makes all the potato wedges the same size so that they all cook evenly.
Overall, a brilliant little product, that doesn't cost much, you probably don't think that you need, but once you've tried one you'll realise that you do!
I originally saw the Pampered Chef apple slicer being used by a friend and thought I have to have one of those. However on looking up the price I decided at £10 it was hard to justify. I was so pleased when wandering around IKEA I stumbled accross this product which does exactly the same thing but at less than £2.
Basically you put the device over the apple, push down and hey presto you have removed the core and cut the apple into wedges in one move.
My 5 year old who won't eat a whole apple will now happily munch on these small wedges and even my husband now chooses to have an apple cut up rather than whole.
This is one of my most used kitchen gadgets. You do however need to keep it away from small children as it has sharp blades and I suggest you clean it pretty quickly after use as otherwise dried apple and juice is tricky to remove. I don't know whether this can go in the dishwasher and haven't tried for fear of ruining it and being without until my next IKEA visit.
My only negative point is that it is made for perfect apples ie a straight core down the centre of the apple and so if you have an irregular apple you may still have to remove a bit of left in core with a knife afterwards - not really a major problem though.
Another advantage of this gadget is that you can cut the apple then put it back together, wrap in foil/clingfilm and put in a lunchbox. The apple won't go brown and kids have small pieces that they are more likely to eat as part of their lunch.
This is definitely one of my most used kitchen appliances by far. It is such a simple idea and design but its something which I use every day. For me I can't eat an apple whole, my teeth seem far to sensitive to bite into an apple so for years I've sliced up apples using a knife. When I saw this item in Ikea for just £1.79 I thought it was a must to try.
Considering the price I paid I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but its surprising of how amazing it actually is. The apple slicer has these 2 big handles either side which are great to get a good firm grip. The idea is to place the centre of the apple slicer onto the centre of the apple and push downwards. The better aligned the slicer is the easier it is to cut, the slicer does require a certain amount of force to cut into the apple. This also depends on the size of the apple, I find the smaller the apple the easier it is to slice, but I personally prefer the bigger apples so it can take quite a bit of pushing to get it all the way down. Sometimes if the slicer isn't aligned that well it can be tricky to get it all the way through.
The slicer slices the apple into 6 pieces, usually the chunks are even in size but this will vary on how well aligned it was. Not only does it slice the apple it removes the core, after slicing the core will need a slight pull to be removed from the apple slicer. The blades on the apple slicer are stainless steel and are quite sharp so I am a bit cautious every time I use it.
I think this appliance is a great way to get kids to eat more fruit as well. Whenever my niece is given an apple sliced she'll eat the whole thing but will never finish an actual apple if it isn't sliced. With that said due to the sharpness of this slicer I wouldn't recommend a child using it even with supervision, I would be a little nervous allowing them to use it - personally I'd rather just do it for them.
After using the slicer, when washing it I find best to just wipe over the blades with a damp cloth and either leave it to dry or wipe over with a dry cloth - to prevent them getting rusty. Overall it is a very quick and easy way to slice up an apple, I've also used it for pears and found it to work perfectly well. If you're looking for an apple slicer and core remover I would definitely recommend this.
This is one of my absolutely must have gadgets, it is probably one of the more simpler inventions designed for the kitchen but is definitely up there on my most used list.
What is it ?
It is a small hand held device, designed to core and cut apples into slices. It's handle and outer shell is made of a hard wearing plastic, the picture shows a red one but when I bought mine the only colour available was yellow so this may change depending on store or time of year.
The inside blade is made of stainless steel, it has a small circular middle this is what cores the apple. On the outside of the circle there are eight triangular segments, these slice the apple.
How does it work ?
It is very easy to use the slicer, no buttons, plugs or any other fancy bits just a simple piece of kit for your kitchen.
You place the slicer/corer on top of your apple, you can use any size and variety even the little baby childrens apples. Then you simply push down, you do need to use a bit of brute force so it is probably not the best piece of equipment if you have limited strength or grip.
I should point out that this is very sharp, so it should be used with a chopping board or it will damage your worktops.
That's it you are left with eight slices of apple and the core which can be disposed of.
Who is it good for ?
The slicer is good for any apple loving family, I use it all the time for my children as they never seem to eat a whole apple, but when I slice it up for them it is eaten in a flash.
I also use it when I am making pies and flans as the slices are even and look much more attractive than if I just used a knife.
It is also good for making slices to dip into yoghurt or chocolate as they are a nice hand held size.
How much is it and where can I buy it ?
The Ikea charm apple slicer is exclusive to Ikea stores, it costs £1.79p which is a fantastic bargain and well worth the money.
This is such a simple idea that really makes my life easier, no mess, no fuss and no half eaten apples anymore. Well done Ikea !!!!
I actually stumbled across this apple slicer in Ikea by accident, when I put my hand on it and found it to be a little painful! On closer inspection I saw that behind the lovely design it actually had a purpose, and at only £1.79 there was no way I wasn't going to pop one in my bright yellow ikea bag.
This of course is the danger of ikea, you see cheap little things you love, and when you go to pay you realise that the £30 budget you set yourself when you went in has gone utterly out of the window!
The Charm Apple slicer is fairly robust, which is surprising, because I was concerned the force of using it would make it a little flimsy and not great to use. The handles on either side really help to put the slicer over the fruit, and not only does it slice it but it also cores the middle out, which means you no longer have to fiddle around risking your digits to have a nicely cut bit of apple. One thing I would say is that it's a little hard to penetrate the skin before the main slicing.
The noise it makes it also very satisfying, like a large kind of crunch, which actually sounds destructive but you are left with delicious, perfectly sized bits of apple. If anything, I would say that the slicer has encouraged me to eat more apples, because they are so much more fun to eat when you don't have to hold them, and you can really call them a convenience food.
I believe the product comes in a variety of different colours, although the red goes perfectly with our kitchen and is a nifty, cheap little gadget guaranteed to be a small talking point when people come over. It serves its purpose well and is excellent value for money - another success from ikea that is completely recommended by rxbeef!
I first saw this apple slicer at work, where a colleague impressed everyone in the lunch room with a display of instant apple slicing every day! I immediately thought that my children would absolutely love the noise it made and the way it cut the apple into 8 pieces, exactly the same size.
Walking through IKEA marketplace I spotted a red version, and immediately popped it into my shopping bag. It was a couple of pounds and seemed very good value. Once I got it home, both my gadget-mad sons were fascinated, and ate at least one apple every day for the next two weeks.
The design of the apple slicer is very clever. It is robust so that you can put your whole weight onto the apple. Very simple to use, you just put the slicer on the top of the apple, making sure that the round hole is over the core. One swift push downwards, and you instantly have eight lovely identical apple chunks and the core falls away from the slices in a very satisfying cylinder. The blades are fairly sharp, but not as sharp as a knife, so children really need to be supervised when using the slicer. They can actively participate in the slicing, as long as you make sure that no little fingers are under the slicer when they push down (ouch!). Having said this, it is amost impossible to leave your fingers underneath, as the handles are designed to fit the palm of your hand exactly and stand well clear of the blades. When you push down, it makes a very satisfying thump, which the children love.
The slicer is dishwasher proof - I have had it for a year or more and it still looks like new after loads of washes. I am reluctant to take it to work as the blades can be sharp in my bag, but my work colleague has made a special plastic sheath so that she can take hers in. I would think that IKEA could increase their sales if they made a sheath like this for travel and picnics.
I really recommend this slicer as a way of making children eat more fruit. It is simple and cheap, but they love it!
I bought this apple slicer from Ikea a year or so ago as I can't resist picking up little bits and pieces from the marketplace in Ikea. Everything seems so cheap there and i'm sure this was only a couple of pounds at the very most (but i can't remember the exact price).
I'm not a great fruit or vegetable eater and have to remind myself to eat them otherwise they just wouldn't feature in my diet very often! I like apple but not a big fan of just biting into one but equally wouldn't necessarily be that bothered about cutting one into slices even though i prefer it that way. This slicer seemed like the perfect easy option to tempt me into eating more apples!
It is so quick and easy to use - it slices the apple into 6 equal pieces and removes the core at the same time. As long as you get it pretty central on the apple before you push down it works very well.
The slicer is pretty sharp and cuts without too much pressure but you occasionally need to pull the core or a couple of the slices off if it hasn't cut through the skin completely at the bottom.
Its easy to wash up afterwards and i've also used it in the dishwasher though i'm not sure whether it is supposed to be dishwasher proof or not but i've had it a year and no problems and no rust or tarnishing.
The blades are quite sharp obviously so you do have to be careful and careful when you are washing up.
All in all a great little kitchen gadget. Yes it does exactly the same as what you can do with a knife but if you are like me (lazy!!) it is going to make a 2 minute job into a 2 second job!
When I first heard about this product I thought - whatever the heck for?! There really are a lot of products out there that seem to be made for the sole purpose of clogging up people's houses and making money - they don't really serve a purpose. That's what I thought about the apple slicer - I mean, if I want an apple cut into pieces I can use a regular knife!!
That was before I was given one of these as a gift though, and I realised just how much fun they are.
Basically the way these work is that you place the blade side over the top of an apple, with the centre ring over the core part of the apple, then press firmly down, and voila! Perfect apple slices to enjoy! There are 6 pieces in all and the are the perfect size for eating, with the core handily removed. I love how quick and easy it is to do and how the pieces of apple sit conveniently in the little ring waiting for me to eat them.
The blade works remarkably well and it isn't at all hard to push the slicer down through the apple - I thought it would be a lot more resistant. It goes right to the bottom every time and the pieces spread out in the ring waiting to be consumed. The only thing is sometimes if your apple is slightly lopsided or uneven on the bottom you may find that the core remover misses part of the core. To solve this, either push harder on one side of the slicer to 'aim' the corer at the centre of the apple, or slice a piece off the bottom of the apply first to make it sit flat before cutting it with the slicer.
I think this slicer is especially great for kids - it makes eating fruit that much more fun, and most older children could probably use this on their own. Just be careful though because sometimes the core or some pieces of apple are a little difficult to remove from the slicer - they just need a push but little fingers might need some supervision as the slicer is obviously sharp on the underside.
To clean it I simply rinse it in water and give the blades a little wipe over and that seems to do the trick. Although you need to be sure to place the slicer somewhere it can dry freely or it may start to rust or become blunt.
All in all I love my slicer, it's fun and easy to use and makes apples a convenient afternoon snack. I'm still not sure if I would buy my own one, I mean it really just does the same thing as a knife (but faster and with more flair!). It could potentially have a slightly wider variety of uses - I think using this on potatoes to make wedges would be great - but basically it's a fairly limited, if nifty, addition to your kitchen.