2015 has been a truly amazing year for fruit! This year it seemed that every Malus domestica tree I came across had produced an abundant crop of beautiful apples. A bountiful harvest is wonderful, yet preparing apples for cooking can sometimes be harder work than you first anticipate, particularly if you have arthritic or over-worked hands, or just if you have a lot of other food preparation to do. Whilst looking online at Lakeland’s website, I discovered the Apple Master. I would never usually order any item that cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher, but reading about the Apple Master swayed me and I just had to try it!
From the very first time I tried the Apple Master I was in awe – it’s amazing! I watched slightly spellbound as my apple was peeled, cored and sliced in seconds! I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to show my apple-growing friends, who were similarly entranced. I was surprised that even the very first apple I peeled using the Apple Master, came out perfectly peeled, cored and sliced, leaving me with an evenly sliced apple that remained in one piece – like a perfect spring made of apple! Without rushing in anyway we peeled, cored and sliced six, very large apples in under four minutes – amazing – and great for a last-minute crumble preparation! We then cut the apple springs into halves or quarters to use in a delicious crumble that was prepared in a very relaxed manner in about 5 minutes.
The Apple Master is very easy and straightforward to use. The instructions are clear and precise. The instructions detail that the Apple Master requires a shiny surface for the suction pad at the base of the unit for it to work, I tried out the Apple Master on glass, granite and even wooden worktops, each time it worked very successfully. I hadn’t expected the Apple Master to work as well on the wooden worktop, but it worked many times, over many days and weeks without any problems at all, naturally the same was true of the granite and glass surfaces.
Removing the left over apple core from the spikes of the Apple Master does require a firm grip – the apple core doesn’t always come away from the machine at the first time of trying – often requiring a couple of further attempts at removal. This is the most difficult aspect of using the Apple Master, but it’s not that difficult, and it doesn’t happen every time. The blades of the Apple Master are naturally very sharp indeed, so you need to take care around the device.
The Apple Master can also core and slice without peeling, should you wish to do so. You can also use the Apple Master to prepare potatoes and pears. I am not sure why anyone would wish to cut the centre from a potato, but if you wish to do so, the Apple Master can help you, whilst slicing and peeling your potato at the same time! I found that the Apple Master does indeed work best at preparing apples; the additional length of the pear can make it difficult to position the fruit on to the prongs. I prepared all shapes and sizes of apples using this device, with no problems whatsoever; all of the apples were very thinly and evenly sliced, just as I wanted them to be, the Apple Master peeled the apples beautifully, without wasting any of the apple, or leaving behind any of the apple peel.
As I mentioned earlier, the Apple Master is not dishwasher friendly, the instructions advise you to rinse the Apple Master under warm water immediately after use and then dry it carefully. I did follow these instructions, but it’s possible that I wasn’t quite thorough enough when I dried the Apple Master.
Since writing my article for the December 2015 edition of Vantage Point Magazine, small areas of rust have appeared on my Apple Master. The two parts which have rusted are the screw heads and the spiral rod which drives the apple through the blade. Whilst this is admittedly off-putting, the rust has not interfered with the workings of my Apple Master, and most importantly it does not affect any of the components that come into direct contact with the food being prepared. I contacted Lakeland via email to let them know about the rust on my Apple Master, Lakeland replied to my email the same day, and without me asking, sent me a replacement product which arrived the following day.
I have always found Lakeland to offer superb customer service, whether in store, online or over the telephone, their staff are knowledgable, helpful, courteous and efficient. Lakeland offer a no quibble guarantee, if for any reason you’re not happy with one of their products, Lakeland will refund you or replace the item.
See the Apple Master in Action…….
Here are three videos I’ve made showing the Apple Master in action peeling an apple, a pear, and a potato.
Other links and articles that may interest you……………………….
To visit Lakeland’s website and see more information on the Apple Master, please click here.
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To read my 2016 recommended, trialled and tested gifts for gardeners, please click here.
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To read my review of Richard Mabey’s latest book, ‘The Cabaret of Plants Botany and The Imagination’, please click here.
To read my interview with David Neale, an award winning Garden Designer, based in Guildford in Surrey, please click here.
To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.