Tips on using the apple machine
- Secure the machine on a bench top/plate.
- Take the sticker, if any, off the apple.
- Release the shaft lever and pull the handle back.
- Press the apple (stem end first) on the 3-prong fork. Be sure the item is centred on the fork.
- Turn the handle to move the apple through the machine. You can stop and adjust, if you need to adjust the blade, using the wing nut.
- Continue turning the handle until finished. Slide apple spiral from the core.
- To remove the core, push in the shaft lever and pull back on the handle. The coring, slicing blade will eject the core.
Options - you can disengage the peeler by pulling the peeling arm downward and engage the lock lever. The lever will keep the peeling blade clear of the fruit.
Safeguards and tips
- Blades are sharp - handle very carefully and avoid contact.
- Close supervision is necessary when used by or near children.
- Apples that are crisp, blemish free and symmetrically shaped work the best.
- Remove stickers from the apples.
- Wash after use and dry thoroughly. A drop of vegetable oil on moving parts will insure smooth operation for next use.
Suggestions for parents when bringing apples from Home
- Choose apples that are blemish free and symmetrical.
- All varieties of apples work well including, granny smith, gala and pink lady. Fresh crisp apples work better than soft apples.
- Remove any stickers when packing apples in lunchboxes.
Alternative uses of apple machines in schools
Apple day classroom activities. (Need parents help in the classroom if using apple machine).
Ideas for the classroom include:
- Measuring how long the peel is from an apple after peeling the apple.
- Estimating the number of seeds in an apple - having students dissect their apple cores (with a plastic knife) to see how many seeds were in it.
- Making apple mobiles - pictures of apples coloured, cut out and made into a mobile.
- Poetry and apples - brainstorm words that remind us of eating apples and then write around the edges of the paper apples.
- Have students brainstorm descriptive words about apples.
- Write stories about apples
For excursions - take a box of apples and an apple curly for a quick and healthy snack when away from the school.
Last updated: Wednesday 11 November, 2009