Apple slices are an easy, healthy snack. Not only are apples packed with vitamins and fiber, but they taste great. We find that slicing apples makes them easier to eat. We also waste less if we slice the apples. Kids just don’t generally get all the edible bits off a core.
Since we try to pack a lunch when we go on outings, I’ll often cut up several apples, douse them in lemon or lime juice, bag them up and stash them in the cooler.
Over the years we’ve tried a number of different slicing techniques and tools. Choose one you like:
The Old School Method
This is the way your gramma did it. Cut the apple in half, then quarters, then cut out the core. A good paring knife is essential. Then slice each quarter into this wedges.
I love this gadget. It peels, cores, and cuts apples in one fell swoop. Plus the apples are cut into these cool spirals. You can slice one side to have apple rings. I usually break out this gadget when I am making lots of pies at one time. The kids can devour apple slices at a tremendous rate. The trick to this tool, however, is that only small to medium sized apples really work.
Make Rings with an Apple Corer
An apple corer is another tool we regularly use. It’s great for hollowing out the fruit for baked apples, but also very handy for making apple rings. Simply shove it through the middle of the apple and remove the center core. Sometimes, you have to fiddle with it. Not all apples are created equal. Then slice your apple into rings.
Make Quick Cut Wedges with a Knife
The quickest way that I use is the “quick cut wedge.” I first saw Amy do this and I thought she was nuts. But, a friend agreed that it worked really well. Yes, there might be a little more waste around the core, but at the same time, if you’re too lazy to cut it the old school way, you might as well just get them cut and enjoy them.
This is really easy. Just slice around the core like we did with the pineapple. The slices are all symmetrical, but that’s okay. They’ll get eaten. I have been doing it this way for a year and no one has complained.