This is my apple peeler gadget:
I don’t know if this thing has a proper name. It seems like something you’d find in the back of a barn somewhere to crank start machinery that no one uses anymore. And in truth it probably was invented 160 years ago and hasn’t changed since. But don’t let the lack of a shiny plastic case or bluetooth capability fool you: this tool is a great little timesaver for the modern homestead when it comes time to deal with apples.
Here’s how it works:
And you’d like to turn it into this:
Then you might want to consider picking up your own apple peeler thingy.
A few notes: while I love my peeler gadget, it is not an example of the most robust construction I’ve ever seen. When I was doing pounds and pounds of apples, I got in the habit of keeping a small screwdriver at my workspace because it needed periodic adjustments and tightenings.
You’ll also notice I use my thumb in the video to hold the base of the slicer blade in place until it has firmly “bitten” into the apple. I found this really helped stop the blade from slipping out of alignment when it met the apple. After a few pounds, you learn how to most efficiently line up the apple and work the peeler to get the most consistent results.
Even with a few adjustments, it was so much faster than hand peeling and slicing. This tool helped me power through 80 pounds of apples without losing my mind. It’s an oldie but a goodie.2