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I put the old phrase, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," to the test as generally I have an apple everyday. They are one of my favourite foods and are so easy to just grab and eat on the go. My 2 year old little girl has now got into eating apples everyday too. I used to puree them for her into applesauce when she was a baby so hopefully she got the taste for them then. Now she likes them crunchy but does not like to eat them whole like I do, she likes me to cut them into segments for her so she can eat a little bit at a time. I don't mind doing it for her at all but it is so time consuming and annoying. I hate trying to cut the core with a knife as usually it is hard to match the curve in the apple and you end up taking quite a bit of the flesh away when you do this so don't get left with much of the apple.
This is why I decided to invest in an apple corer. My mum has one and she said they were really good and worked well at just getting the core out of the apple so I bought one from Cookingtime. The apple core is a sterling silver utensil and is basically just a long column of tool. The end of the column has a little bit that is cut out. THis bit is really quite sharp and is what you use to cut the core out with. I like to start mine at the top of the apple where the little stalk is. I take this stalk out and then stand up the apple on its bottom as this is the best way to stand it up in my opinion. Then I hold the apple quite firmly as you are using a shape utensil and just press down and then importantly you need to twist the apple corer to get the core out.
The core of the apple will go up into the column of the tool and then you just lift it out and you are left with a hole in your apple. You can then cut it into sections and eat it. THis apple corer works rally well and you get a nice clean cut first time. The apple core that is left in the utensil comes out of there cleanly too so when you wash up this tool you are just washing off a big of apple juice and not lots of little bits of apple.
The apple core features a hole int he top of the handle that you can use to hang this up but I just keep it in my utensil draw. The corer costs £6.75 and is a tool I recommend if you eat lots of apples.