How to Peel and Core an Apple

Baking an apple pie or making applesauce? Here’s the easiest way to peel and core an apple without resorting to fancy gadgets.

Baking an apple pie or making applesauce? Here’s the easiest way to peel and core an apple without resorting to fancy gadgets.

What You Need

  1. Check apples
  2. Check Y-shaped peeler
  3. Check chef’s knife
  4. Check cutting board

Follow These Steps

  1. Choose the right apple variety for your recipe. There are dozens available, but some of our favorites include: Mutsu, for baking in apple pies; Rome and Macintosh for baking or making applesauce; Macoun for slicing raw into salads; Pink Lady, for snacking. See our best apple recipes.

  2. Once you’ve selected your apple, use a Y-shaped peeler and swipe across the top and bottom of the apple to remove the peel.

  3. Starting from the top of the apple and ending at the bottom, remove the peel in strips, working your way around the apple.

  4. After the apple is fully peeled, stand the fruit upright on the cutting board and slice off one side, as close to the core as possible.

  5. Set the apple flat-side down on the board and cut off another side, as close to the core as possible. Repeat with the remaining 2 sides.

  6. Discard the core and slice or dice the apple as needed.