Apple Slicers

Published September 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

Overview:

Nothing's hard about slicing apples—unless you want identical pieces for even cooking, as we did in our Apple Upside-Down Cake. We tested four apple slicers that promised to remove the core and seeds and cut the fruit into uniform wedges in one fell swoop, choosing models that produce 12 or 16 slices from each apple (better for baking than standard eight-piece slicers). Only one model was sharp enough to easily push through even hard Granny Smiths without producing jagged edges. Its secret: a sharp, serrated 1-inch corer that bit through apple skin and didn’t get stuck in the core.

Nothing's hard about slicing apples—unless you want identical pieces for even cooking, as we did in our Apple Upside-Down Cake. We tested four apple slicers that promised to remove the core and seeds and cut the fruit into uniform wedges in one fell swoop, choosing models that produce 12 or 16 slices from each apple (better for baking than standard eight-piece slicers). Only one model was sharp enough to easily push through even hard Granny Smiths without producing jagged edges. Its secret: a sharp, serrated 1-inch corer that bit through apple skin and didn’t get stuck in the core.

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  • Recommended - Winner

    Williams-Sonoma Dial-A-Slice/Adjustable Apple Divider

    Although it took some effort, this slicer plunged through the thick peel and firm flesh of a Granny Smith and made neat, uniform slices of softer Golden Delicious and McIntosh apples. Adjustable blades make eight or 16 slices. Its wider-than-usual, 1-inch, serrated corer gripped the apple and ensured the entire core was removed. We also liked the comfortable rubber handles and plastic cap that pushes the hard-to-reach bottom of the apple entirely through the blades. (Other models left slices attached, forcing us to push the apple back up, which meant we were handling the sharp blades.) A bonus: The cap fits onto the slicer for storage, providing protection from the blades.

    $19.95

  • Not Recommended

    Dalla Piazza Apple Sectioner

    This stainless steel slicer produced uneven slices, but its heavy weight made it slightly easier to push through apples than other models. A narrow (¾ inch) corer couldn’t remove the entire core, leaving pieces of the seed cavity in our slices.

    $17.95

  • Not Recommended

    Leifheit Apple Slicer

    The dull blades of this metal slicer couldn’t cut through the bottom of the apple, leaving slices attached. Its crude blade produced slices that were jagged and rough around the edges. It took so much effort to get this slicer through a Granny Smith apple that our palms turned sore and red.

    $14.95

  • Not Recommended

    RSVP Jumbo Apple Corer/Slicer

    We couldn’t get this cutter even one-quarter of the way through a crisp Granny Smith apple. Its wide, 1-inch corer looked promising, but the dull blades produced uneven slices.

    $14.99

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