1. To use a corer, position the apple on the cutting board with the stem facing up. Push the corer down through the center of the apple until it hits the cutting board. Twist the corer until it can be easily pulled back out of the apple. Push the center of the apple up towards the handle of the corer to remove and discard. 00:15
2. To core an apple without a corer, take a chef’s knife and cut an apple in half. Place one half of the apple cut-side down on the cutting board and slice again through the center. Repeat this step with the other half of the apple, resulting in quartered pieces. 01:01
3. To remove the core, place the knife at a 45-degree angle to the cutting board and cut through one of the apple quarters just above the center membrane and seeds. Cutting the apple at an angle allows the seeds and core to be removed easily without cutting up too much of the flesh. 01:21
What You'll Need
- Chef's knife
- Cutting board
- Apples (2 whole)
Apple corers are useful and affordable tools. They can be found in many common retail stores, grocery stores, or restaurant supply stores for a few dollars.
Coring an apple with a corer allows you to remove the seeds, stem, and root, while still keeping the outside of the apple intact. Using an apple corer is the best method if the cored apples will be poached as a dessert, or used whole as a garnish.
After removing the apple core with a knife, it is easy to then cut the apple quarters into smaller slices. Chef Bryon mentions that this preparation is great for kids who may not want to eat around an apple core or have trouble handling larger apple pieces.