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Any recommendations for an apple corer that isn't too frustrating to use? I've recently made a couple of tarte tatins and a caramel apple upside-down french toast, and both recipes call for apple halves. I ended up just using a sharp paring knife and doing my best because my dine-store corer isn't very sharp and takes a lot of effort to force through and pull out.

Specific brands would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I don't have an answer for you but I do have a follow-up question, do you have any experience with those Yankee apple peeler/cooler combos that attach to the kitchen counter?

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    1. re: Mishmash

      I have one and rarely use it. It does work, but oddly shaped apples can be a problem. I find it easier to use a knife. It also works for peeling potatoes, if you like. My kids find it entertaining, but it spends most of its time in the cabinet.

    2. I have never found apple corers to be that useful. I just use my chefs knife to cut and paring knife to take out the core.

      1. I have an apple corer but rarely use it, especially if I need half apples or quarter apples. You get much more attractive apple pieces if you cut the apple in half stem to blossom, and use a melon baller to remove the seeds. Then cut a small v-shaped piece from the blossom end, and stem end if necessary, to the center.

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        1. re: janniecooks

          I like this.

          Last time, I just cut around a square of core. That was for strdel though. I hate apple corers, but I'd get one that you could just place and whack down with the flat of your hand.

        2. Oxo. It is sharp and does a great job. Sometimes i just cut it in half and use a melon baller to take the seed pocket out.

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          1. re: Candy

            Wow, the reviews are really positive. I'm going to order one just to check it out...can't beat the price. Thanks, Candy.

            http://www.amazon.com/Oxo-20181-Good-...

            1. re: bear

              you are quite welcome. I work in a cookware shop and handle quite a few. If you are looking for one to stuff apples for baking the Chef Harvey model is good, but for straight coring Oxo cannot be beat.

              1. re: Candy

                Thanks, Candy. It's on order from Amazon (technically free, with their 4 for 3 promotion which gives you the least expensive item free!). I'll report back after I've used it a bit.

          2. Ikea makes a functional corer.

            I also have a peeler/corer/slicer contraption from Back to Basics. You can set it to just peel or peel, slice and core. I only pull that out when lots of apples are invovled like last weekend when I made several quarts of apple sauce, a pie and couple of pints of apple butter after a trip to the PYO orchard. For that type of task its a major time saver.