by Jenny, age 15
Have you tried a hand-cranked apple peeler? I have one of these awesome contraptions — now that apple season is getting into full swing, I am cranking my peeler all the time.
I don’t know the history behind this wonderful invention, but I love the way it can peel, core, and slice an apple in seconds. I am always amazed at the instantaneous transformation and beautifully sliced and peeled apples. I think these thin peeled slices taste so much better than peeled apple chunks.
Here’s how I use my apple gizmo:
PEEL, CORE & SLICE
- With the shaft pulled all the way to the right, you are ready to load fruit.
- Simply center the top, stem end of an apple on the fork and firmly press it all the way to the base of the fork.
- With the apple loaded, crank the handle in a forward motion to peel, slice and core your apple .
- Continue turning the handle until finished. Slide the apple spiral from the coreTo make the spiral into individual rings, use a knife to slice through one side of the apple spiral.
- The only other tip I can think to add about this handy gadget it that is really works better on small-ish apples. Other than that, it’s a simple as it looks
Making applesauce is so much fun. The apples you have sliced with your apple peeler can now be put to some good use.
This method is fun because it allows for some hands on activity if you’re cooking with younger kids – plus it smells amazing and will taste fantastic.
Makes 5 cups
6 large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2cup apple juice
2 tables spoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
zest from one lemon
Place the apples, apple juice ,lemon juice and zest in a large pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat until the apples are soft. Approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a hand held masher, mash the apple mixture until smooth. Serve warm and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Apple Pie in a Brown Paper Bag (I am NOT kidding!)
Have you ever tried baking a pie in a paper bag? Did you even know it was possible? Well, guess what: it is! And it’s super fun — just right for warming up a cold winter afternoon!
• 2 unbaked pie crusts
• 3 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
• 1 egg beaten
• 6 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line pie shell with one pie crust, set aside.
2. Place apples in medium sized bowl. Add egg, melted butter, 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Carefully, mix all ingredients until well blended. Pour apple mixture into pie shell and top with remaining pie crust. Trim edges and fold under. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cut slit on top.
3. Place pie in paper bag, fold over edges of bag to seal. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Carefully poke holes in bag so steam can escape.
5. After pie is baked, remove from bag, return pie to oven. Turn oven to 450 for about 15 to 20 minutes until pie crust turns a nice golden brown
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