Whether we core an apple before peeling or vice versa depends on whether or not we use an apple corer. And although it’s always fun to see if you can remove the peel in a single unbroken strip, we find that removing vertical swaths is more efficient—especially when prepping lots of apples for something such as applesauce.
How to Core and Peel Apples
With an Apple Corer
Removing the core with a good apple corer minimizes waste. When using this tool, we prefer to core before peeling to ensure that no bits of skin remain on the apples’ tops or bottoms. Here's the best way to do it.
1. Use corer to remove apple core.
2. Peel cored apple in wide vertical strips, working from top to bottom.
Without an Apple Corer
If you don't have an apple corer, we don't recommend wasting time digging out the core with a paring knife. Here's a better way:
1. Peel apple around top and bottom, then peel remainder of apple in wide vertical strips.
2. Cut into quarters, then cut away core from each wedge.