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problems with hand crank apple corer/peeler/slicer......can anybody help?

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Last year, I bought an apple corer/peeler/slicer "machine" that you hand crank. So far, it's been a bust. No matter how often I try to make adjustments, I can't seem to get it right. It never peels the very top of the apple and heaven forbid, if the apple is a little too big, asymetrical, or the core a little soft, it poops out. Does anyone own one of these gizmos? It takes less time for me to peel, core, and slice my apples than it does with this contraption. I really thought it would save me time and wear and tear on my not so strong body, but it hasn't lived up to its potential. I keep reading the instruction manual, but I still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'm getting ready to give it to a rummage sale. Any thoughts? Thanks, I have some serious apple pies to make this week and the thought of peeling etc. all those apples makes me want to head for the hills.

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  1. I do, and I love it. Sometimes I need to do a little clean-up on small items, such as small pieces of peel or core attached to the slices, but it's nothing compared to the task of peeling all of those apples. Here is the one I have: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

    1. I do have one, and think it does a good job, but have the same problem with the ends not getting peeled. I usually hand peel the ends first, before putting the apple on the contraption. Sometimes I need to trim out part of the core that it missed too. Even with these touch ups, I still think it saves me time, though perhaps you are a faster peeler/corer/slicer than I am.

      1. I've more or less had the same experience. Especially with the half bushel of apples we personally pick, which tend to be kind of small and asymetrical, it doesn't do a good job. Sometimes when the stars are aligned, and it has just the right tension, it does go quick, but I typically don't bother with the gizmo anymore.