Introduction: Peeling Apples - the Hacked Way

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If you don't need a drill, find a way to need it.

So I wondered if it was possible to ... peel an apple with it, for example. Why doing simple if it can be complicated?

And, is it possible?

Do you really think I'll write an I'ble if it wasn't?

Enjoy, and you'll get a famous dessert at the end!

- some apples
- drill
- flat drill bit
- potato peeler
- old bicycle pump (oh yes!)

Step 1: Preparing Drill

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Fix the flat drill bit in the muzzle.
Kill the apple - downside works best.

Step 2: Peeling

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Hold the apple against the table to get it stable.
Hold the peeler in a kind of correct position - you'll find out.

Power on! Ten seconds of fun and a lot of applespray all around.


Step 3: Removing Core

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Dismatle an old bicycle pump - or try to find a pvc or alu tube.

Clean it, and use it as a 'core remover'.


Step 4: Autumn Apples

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Here's a simple & delicious receipt to make so called 'autumn apples'.

Cover the drill-apple with pastry.
Fill the interior with sugar.
Close the hole.
Put into the fridge for 15 minutes - this will harden the pastry & prevent it falls down while cooking.
Preheat the oven.
Let it cook for about half an hour.




darklotus (author)2013-09-29

My grandmother used to have an all metal (except for a loose wooden sleeve handle) gizmo that used to clamp to the kitchen table like an old crank mincer and perform in a similar manner to your powered version.. You could use it to just peel spuds etc or peel and core apples. I used to love it and don't know what ever happened to it.

bricobart (author)darklotus2013-09-29

Again, the ol' ones weren't stupid! If you ever find a picture of it, I'm interested!

Flyeroz (author)bricobart2013-09-30

I think this might be the device

and a video:

darklotus (author)Flyeroz2013-10-01

Yes, that's very similar to my grandmother's! She had 2 attachments with hers - one just for peeling and one that also cored, like the one in this picture. It's a pity they don't still make these things - seriously, they worked every time, didn't take a lot of effort and lasted for ages. I still have my grandmother's hand mincer that she got as a wedding present in 1917 and it works like a charm. I wouldn't swap it for an elecric one if you paid me. It has three different sized plates so you can do a course, medium or fine mince and it's perfect every time.

ktomasov (author)darklotus2013-10-15

they do still make them, I don't know about the quality of them, but I came across one at walmart the other week.

They do still make them! Lee Valley sells them. we have one and it works great! It is amazing for pies because it can spiral cut the apples as it cores them, so you don't even need to dice them afterwords.

bricobart (author)Flyeroz2013-09-30

Thanx, never seen this before - quite a bit less 'rednecked' than my method!

AJMansfield (author)2013-09-30

I did this with my lathe once.

DoItOrDie (author)AJMansfield2013-09-30

Cool idea! Now I have a reason to buy one of those expensive little tabletop lathes. "Here woman, let me show how a MAN peels an apple!"

bricobart (author)DoItOrDie2013-10-01

In fact, real men don't peel apples, they swallow them entirely, WITH the tree LOL

craft-n-genius (author)2013-09-30


R10pez10 (author)2013-09-29

More power tools deserve to be in the kitchen. Nice work. :)

bricobart (author)R10pez102013-09-29

Agreeing with that! Ho comes up with the angle grinder?

R10pez10 (author)bricobart2013-09-30

I must confess I have toasted buns with a heat gun once...

Roshy10 (author)R10pez102013-09-30

You could use a lathe to peel carrots as a spade bit would split it in half

corvan (author)2013-09-29

Clever, creative, original. I like thinking that is outside the box. But possibly, just maybe there are people with way too much time on their hands. Thanks for sharing, but can't you come up with a method that does not require me to actually HOLD the potato peeler? Keep up the good work.

Spokehedz (author)corvan2013-09-29

You see he made two apples, yeah? That is payment for his helper to hold the drill.

bricobart (author)Spokehedz2013-09-30

I like that one! But in belgium we pay with beers!

Spokehedz (author)bricobart2013-09-30

Well I assumed that those were already long gone. At least that is how they are with me.

bricobart (author)corvan2013-09-29

Thanx corvan. And, I'm workin' more than 10 hours a day doing a job that I love and still having a lot of spare time.
Clamping the drill to the table or using powertape would solve the problem, enjoy!

Cheese Queen (author)2013-09-29

For the poster who asked about the "old fashioned" peeler/slicer /corer: they're still made and it take just seconds to insert and peel apples or potatoes.
Get one on Amazon

dfuller1 (author)Cheese Queen2013-09-30

CAUTION: We bought a cheap apple peeler like the one above (not sure it was the same model and everything, but looked very similar.) It was cheaply made and not sharp enough. We were very unhappy with it. Be sure you are getting a well made tool if you buy one of these.

chuggins143 (author)2013-09-29

Nice! Love the use of power tools in the kitchen! :)

Now, the Autum Apples recipe... what kind of "pastry"? (kinda looks like pie crust) ..and I'm assuming from the picture that you're cooking it at 220deg for half an hour? THX!

bricobart (author)chuggins1432013-09-30

Yep, it's readybought pie crust! And yep bis, 220 deg Celcius (428 deg Fahrenheit) for half an hour - 3/4 of an hour for XXXL apples - will do the job!

Marcos El Malo (author)2013-09-29

This is the most badass instructable I've ever seen. The first thing I thought about was "how could I make a peel collection accessory that could attach to a shop vac?" Possible with a big plastic bowl with a slot for the bit. There are so many silly modifications to your basic idea. Thanks for stirring my imagination.

bricobart (author)Marcos El Malo2013-09-30

You're welcome mate, but what the ### means 'badass'?!

tritian (author)2013-09-30

hahaha, nice! This reminded me of how I've sharpened pencils in the past lol.

bricobart (author)tritian2013-09-30

Love the idea!!!

lorimc (author)2013-09-29

Love the drill and peel! I have the old fashioned one, its very old, mine is dull and I am not sure how to sharpen it. Looks a lot like this one.

GBFace (author)2013-09-27

It does look quick and easy
But are there any other ways of doing it without a drill or anything motor-powered?

justbennett (author)GBFace2013-09-28

There is no other way to peel an apple. Just kidding. I think there is a way.

bricobart (author)justbennett2013-09-28

Let me know when you find it!

ishner (author)bricobart2013-09-29

exactly the same way you peel a potato.

bricobart (author)GBFace2013-09-28

I tried it with a dog brush, but my wife complained about the hair in the pastry...

bob3030 (author)2013-09-27

Great job! Could a drill press be used instead of a cordless drill? My son made a high speed pepper grinder using a cordless drill and a pepper mill. That was awesome also. Keep up the good work and thanks for posting!

bricobart (author)bob30302013-09-28

Thanx bob, I don't think the drill type makes any difference...

mnmama (author)2013-09-27

Very "Red Green" smart! I'm not kidding, you are totally creative and this rocks! I would like to suggest 4 things: Sub the sugar with brown sugar or maple syrup. Add raisins to the hole. Add walnuts to the hole. Do this outside! If anyone is part of a pie baking club, this would be the hit of the year. Well done.

bricobart (author)mnmama2013-09-28

Well thanx and feel free to use the idea! I also stole it from my grandmother ;)

mayday12 (author)2013-09-27

At the U.S. Naval Academy, they have deserts similar to these called 'cannonballs'. I don't know if they're still around , though. Looks Delicious!

bricobart (author)mayday122013-09-27

Well I love that name a lot more, thanx mayday!

bricobart (author)2013-09-27

It is delicious! ;) Works even in the campfire. Some alufoil - or how's that called - around and once it starts smokin' it's dinnertime!

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