Apples are the most widely consumed fruit across the world. They’re an incredibly healthy snack that’s perfect just as nature intended. Packed with soluble fiber, apples have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. They also contain prebiotics that can help promote a healthy gut. Not to mention, apples are completely delicious. With so many cultivators available, from sour Granny Smith to sticky-sweet Honeycrisp, you’re sure to find a variety you love.
Apples also make for an easy portable snack. You can also add them to salads, pies, yogurt, and so much more. While it’s fine if you just grab an apple and take a bite, slicing apples makes them easier to eat and much easier to serve. That’s why we’ve rounded up three different ways to slice apples for easier eating, serving, and baking.
How to Tell if an Apple is Ripe
Before you cut your apple, check and make sure it’s ripe. If the apple is still on the tree, an easy way to tell if your apple is ready is to give it a tug. If it pulls off the tree easily, it’s ripe and ready to go. Another way to tell if your apple is ripe is to pay attention to its color. Typically, apples have a bright red color when they are ripe. Be sure to avoid any apple that looks brown or has bruises or marks. These marks provide a sign that the apple has been damaged or gone bad and won’t taste very good.
For more delicious apples, check out our Chocolate Dipped Apple Wedges. Each apple slice is covered in semisweet chocolate for a delicious and decadent treat. Or consider our Apple Daisy® arrangement. It features apple wedges dipped in chocolate, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple daisies, all topped off with an apple-shaped pineapple slice.
Top 3 Ways to Cut an Apple
Here are the top ways to cut an apple:
1. Cut Through the Core
This method is the “old-fashioned” way. It’s quick and easy and gets the job done right, especially if you have a sharp knife. At the end of the process, you’ll end up with slices you can add to apple pies or salads.
First, cut the apple in half through the core. Cut each half in half to end up with four quarters. Use the knife to cut out the core from each quarter, keeping as much of the apple intact as possible. Then slice each quarter into thin slices.
2. Cut Around the Core
Alternatively, you can cut around the core quickly and easily. This method gives you straight horizontal pieces that you can turn into apple cubes for fruit salad or other applications.
Just slice through the apple alongside the core making a straight, vertical cut. Turn the apple and cut again down next to the core. Continue turning the apple until you’ve made straight cuts all around the core. You might not get as close to the core as you did in the first method, but that’s okay. Once the core has been removed, you can cut the apple in half and then cut each half into cubes.
3. Use an Apple Corer
An apple corer easily removes the center core without taking too much apple with it. This method is ideal for creating pristine round slices of apples for a beautiful presentation. However, it does require the use of a specific tool.
Simply poke the apple corer through the middle of the apple in order to remove the center core. Sometimes, you may have to use the corer twice to ensure all traces of the core have been removed. Then slice the apple into rings.
How to Store Apple After it is Cut
After you cut an apple, you can’t leave it at room temperature for more than a few hours or it will start to brown and go bad. Instead, once an apple is cut, it should be stored in the refrigerator. However, even cooler temps won’t keep an apple from browning. Instead, douse the apple in lemon or lime juice. The citric acid in the lemon juice keeps the apple slices from turning brown. Then, place them in a storage bag and stash them in the refrigerator. Try to use it within a day or two for the best results.
Apples are one of the world’s most beloved foods due to their convenience and delicious taste. Luckily, they are pretty easy to cut and use for virtually any application, especially with these tips in hand.