I try to make applesauce every fall when I get a deal on apple seconds at the orchard and peeling a large quantity of apples can get quite tedious very quickly. When a friend enthusiastically recommended the Pampered Chef Apple Corer and Slicer I immediately ordered one. First, it was a bit pricy, but I figured it was worth it to save all that labor. The Apple machine itself is very well made and feels very sturdy. The base is also very well made and sturdy. It is very easy to attach the machine to the base. The problems come when you try to actually use the machine. The base isn't anywhere near sturdy enough to handle the machine when it is in use. It would be best if you attach the machine to a tabletop or countertop - neither of which was an option for me. So, I had to hold the base with one hand while trying to turn the handle with the other. It was not fun. At all. Also, while this does a very good job of peeling and slicing the apple into uniform slices it does not get all the core out so you have to go back and remove the core with a corer anyway. You also lose quite a bit of the apple flesh to the peeler as it digs quite deep into the flesh. Also, be aware that this is NOT good for homegrown apples. It only works on apples that are perfectly uniform. If the apples are not absolutely perfect it will skip spots, gouge the flesh, and leave most of the core behind. For the amount of time you spend correcting the issues it's just faster to peel and core the apples the old fashioned way, by hand. This is also very difficult to clean and gets very sticky from the juice very quickly, which leads to a sticky, slippery film on the entire thing which makes your hands slip and increases processing time exponentially. I really cannot recommend this at all.
Vernon Rockville, CT