Here's the core of what this kitchen tool does.

When you're slicing a half-dozen apples to prep apple pie, apple crisps, or applesauce, a knife just doesn't cut it. Okay, literally, a knife will cut through a lot of apples. But it's 2019. Hit up Amazon for a gadget that will do the work for you. The apple slicer isn't expensive, electric, or even new. Yet it's one of the most convenient tools in the kitchen. Here's how to use an apple slicer, what to use it for, and the best brands on the market.

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How to use an apple slicer

For the easiest sliced apples ever, just align the apple slicer with the apple so that pressing down removes the core and divides the apple into perfect slices. You'll get eight wedges with most slicers or 16 wedges with a thin apple slicer.

The difference between an apple slicer, peeler, corer, and divider

Whereas apple slicers (aka apple dividers) remove the core and cut the apple into wedges, sleek, simple apple corers just remove the core of the apple. Old-fashioned, crank-style apple peelers (like this Amazon bestseller) remove the skin and core but also cut the apple into a spiral.

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The benefits of an apple slicer

  • It saves time.

  • It's easy to clean. (Most are dishwasher safe. Just pat dry after to prevent rust!)

  • It cuts even, uniform slices.

  • It can also slice pears, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes.

The most popular apple slicers on the Internet

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Easy recipes for sliced apples:

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