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The Back to Basics Apple Corer and Peeler with Suction Base makes easy work of peeling, slicing and coring fruits and vegetables, saving you time and energy. A comfortable hand grip and smooth turning motion allow you to prep large amounts of food without fatigue. The durable cast-iron body lasts for many years and is rust resistant, while replaceable stainless steel blades retain their sharp edge under heavy use. Use the sturdy suction cup base to secure the unit to your work space to prevent slipping and sliding on your countertop while you work. Ideal for those who love baked apples and homemade peach crisps, this handy peeler has adjustable settings that allow you to show off your creative side in the kitchen.
Best Used For:
Use the Back to Basics Apple Corer and Peeler with Suction Base to peel and slice fruit for your favorite pie and cobbler recipes. It slices potatoes to your desired thickness, making homemade potato chips easier and less time-consuming to prepare. Use this fun little tool to peel potatoes for curly fries or to prepare vegetables for salads. You can even use it to make curly garnishes out of carrots and cucumbers for Asian dishes.
Cast-iron body is durable and strong
Stainless steel blades keep a sharp edge
Adjustable settings give you easy operation with minimal waste
1-year limited warranty so you can buy with confidence
Cleaning & Care: Handwash with mild soap, towel dry
Material: Cast iron body, stainless steel blades
Special Features: Easy operation with minimal waste
First of all, this thing is built extremely well - very sturdy, and the suction cup works perfectly - this thing simply does not move once you suction it to your counter. And the suction cup does not leave any marks.
Overall, it works very well and quickly. In a few seconds, you can have an apple cored, peeled, and sliced into spiral rings. The kids love the rings as a snack, but obviously they work well for pies, too.
Once in a while, the peeler will appear to "maul" your apple: instead of nice, neat rings, it appears to shred them. After a couple of tries, I finally figured out that this is simply a matter of making sure the apple is positioned on the prongs so that the core will be centered as it goes through the cutter. A simple way to do this is to pretend you're looking down the barrel of a gun: look through the center of the corer at the bottom of the apple - if it's all lined up everything will work great.
Also once in a while, it will miss some peel on a lopsided apple. This is usually because we're peeling too fast - which is easy to do because this thing is pretty fun. Just back the crank up a half turn and go over the spot again and it will be fine.
Bottom line: after you figure out some subtle nuances, this thing works great, and it's actually fun. If you position the apple for them, kids can actually use it (under adult supervision - there are sharp parts, after all).
The only reason I didn't give it a 5 rating is because you can't adjust the thickness of the rings, and you can't core the apple without also slicing it into rings (say, for baked apples). You can, however, core and slice without peeling.
Also, be aware that this peeler is available in cast iron or cast aluminum. I thought other web sites had this model for cheaper, then I realized they were selling the cast aluminum model. The cast iron model is Back to Basics A505, the aluminum model has an "A" suffix, as in A505A.
My order came quick. It works as says, is sturdy and of good quality. I haven't had any problem with suction. The only problem I did have with it was the peeler does not peel the whole apple as it mainly peels the middle. This really wasn't a big deal though. You also need to use firm fruit with uniform shape for best coring and peeling results. I made dried apples, apple pie and sliced apples, which I froze for later use. This product cut out considerable time and I'm so glad I made the purchase.
I also use it for potatoes and I love it! I just wash the potato and stick it on the corer. You can have it peeled or leave the peel on for extra nutrients. It makes a nice spiral shape and can be popped in the microwave for a few minutes (including potato cores) I use butter, parsley or chives to microwave with them. It's a nice change from mashed or baked.
This was a bit of a challenge to set up for first time use, but the instructions were well written so didn't take long. Once set up this thing is great! Don't know how I got along without one all these years. Makes short work of peeling and coring, and was pleasantly surprised that it also slices... all three tedious chores done with an easy crank of the handle. The only reason I didn't rank this a 5 was because there is no option not to slice, so if you need things left whole this won't do it for ya. But other than that, a good sturdy handy gadget.
Customer Reviews for Apple Corer and Peeler with Suction Base by Back to Basics
4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 178 ratings
94% of reviewers recommend this product
92% say this is a "good value"
Why on earth did I not buy one of these 20 years ago? It is a great time saver. I like the suction base instead of a clamp. It holds the device steady without damaging my table like a clamp does. Sometimes there is still a little bit of the core left on the apple (if the apple is 'crooked' or the core is large) but it saves so much time that I don't mind taking an extra few seconds to check the core. The slicing works really well too and is perfect for all things I use apples for: dehydrating, applesauce and apple pies/crisps. I LOVE IT!
Product great for spending so much less time pealing - have arthritis and this is an amazing help - however the suction base dows nor adhere that well and I have to keep redoing during the process - about every third or fourth apple and I do bags at a time.
I had a similar tool a long time ago,but gave it away. I wanted to get another, but was frustrated as the only ones I could find were the kind to be attached to the counters. My counters are too thick. Couldn't believe it when I saw a review for this tool in Cook's Illustrated, and found you also had the suction kind. Ordered it right away, got it fairly quickly and made a delicious apple crisp that day. I love it!