Apple corers remove the core from an apple quickly and with little fuss.
When many apples need to be prepared for cider or pies a coring tool can make life much easier.
Apple corers are designed for when the apple needs to stay whole, but the core has to go.
Corers specific to apples have been around for hundreds of years. Early examples were made of silver, wood, bone and ivory.
The above silver apple corer dates back to 1682 and was auctioned by Christies in 2006. 1
In Georgian times they were considered a "gentleman" tool, these were carried around in case a lady wished for an apple. 2 Apple corers were carried around so much that they used to be made in two pieces. The blade would fit into the handle to easily be kept in a pocket. 3
Apple corers were initially "apple scoops" which are even older tools. Such scoops are one of the oldest types of eating utensils having been in use since prehistoric times. 4 Such scoops helped older or younger people with no teeth to eat. 5
Apple corers, like many utensils, were initially made from bones. 6
The top things to think about when buying a new apple corer:
In order to core apples safely and easily, you need to be able to hold on to this tool. Most of the apple corer brands I highlight below have thought of this, but not all have.
Things can get slippery when coring many apples so the quality products have ensured a good grip either by the shape or texture of the handle.
In the above image are four apple corers. The three on the left have safe handles that are easy to keep your grip on.
The one on the right (Cusinart) has a long slim handle and even though it has some texture to it if you look at the tool closely you will see that there are raised "bars" that if your hand slipped could possibly cut or harm you.
The other three pay attention to safety in their design by having a handle area larger than the metal parts of the tool. It is our opinion that the Oxo, Cusinpro and Joie are all safer by to use than the Cusinart one.
There are three main types of apple corer utensils:
Oxo, Chef'n and Cusinart all have examples of the "standard" type.
Standard apple corers are long and slim tools which have a handle on one end and a round blade of some sort on the other.
Cusinpro and other Chinese imports are examples of the "Side grip" type.
Sidegrip apple corers are shorter "L" shaped tools that have a handle perpendicular to the part that goes into the apple. Since the shape of the tool is a right angle, there is leverage when pushing down. Some people prefer this type of handle.
Joie and Oxo have examples of the "Core removing" type.
Auto core removing types of corers appear in most ways like a "standard" one but the round blade is made of two parts. These two parts can open like a pair of scissors by squeezing or taking some other action. They are designed as such so that when the two haves of the blade open, the apple core falls out without touching it.
Apple corers need to be strong and unbending and I would not trust a pure plastic version of this tool to last (or to be safe).
Luckily all the example corers we tested are made very well. They are all strong and solid with metal blades and solid handles.
Oxo is a trusted brand and this quick release corer is used by squeezing together the grips, pushing into an apple, and as soon as you let go the two sides open and the core falls out.
This is not the best of products as it has some obvious flaws. Specifically it is too narrow and not sharp or serated which means that as you try to use it it slips around. It seems that the Chef'n company is discontinuing this item. It is our least favorite of the otherwise wonderful Chef'n Freshforce line of utensils.
This tool is solid and easy to keep your grip. The blades open to easily remove the core from tool when done.
Oxo is a trusted brand and this is their answer to the standard apple corer. The grip is nice and large and very easy to hold onto without slipping.