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Cute and practical, but I still prefer to cut my apples!
Ikea Charm Apple Slicer
Member Name: dinopoohy8
Ikea Charm Apple Slicer
Advantages: easy to use, efficient, fast
Disadvantages: wastes a little of apple, only can be used for symmetrical, well-formed apples
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.
Summary: Recommended for those who want their apples fuss-free!
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