SAFETY WARNING: A sharp knife is required when cutting an apple. Therefore, you are facing the possibility of getting injured. Make sure all limbs are a safe distance away from the knife. If you are under the age of 10, parental supervision is stongly suggested.
You may have your own technique of cutting an apple, such as slicing off all four sides with a rectangular prism left in the center containing the core, but my technique is the least wasteful and will produce the most amount of apple slices.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Materials Needed
To perform this task, you will need a medium-size cutting block, a knife (not serrated), and one apple of your preference.
Step 2: Wash the Apple
Turn on the faucet to the sink and rinse the apple with cold water until fully covered. Dry the apple and take off the sticker if necessary.
Step 3: Cut Apple Vertically Through Middle
Place the apple upright, with its bottom touching the cutting block. Next, place the knife on the top and center of the apple. Press down firmly. Two hands might be needed to apply adequate pressure. The knife should slice through the center, leaving you with two symmetrical pieces.
Step 4: Remove Stem and Base of the Two Halves
Using the knife, cut out the stem and the small black/brown circular base in a triangular shape. You will need to do this two times, as there are two halves of the apple present.
Step 5: Carve Out the Core of the Two Halves
Insert the knife next to the core, and, keeping the knife in the same position, twist the apple around in a circular motion to cleanly cut out the core. Repeat this step for the other half. Make sure you do not cut a complete hole in the center. You should not be able to see through the apple. It is crucial to remove all the seeds because they contain a small amount of cyanide, a poisonous substance.
Step 6: Throw Away Stem, Base, and Core
It is important to throw away all unneeded parts of the apple because they clutter the chopping block. Throw away the stem, base, and core in the compost in you have one. Your chopping block should only have the two halves on it now.
Step 7: Cut Each Half in Half
Cut each half of the apple in half again. You should now have four equally-sized quarters.
Step 8: Cut Each Quarter Into Edible Slices
Take a quarter and place the knife on top, but to one side, of the apple. Press down firmly to create a thin apple slice. Each quarter should produce about four apple slices. Therefore, one apple should produce a total of sixteen slices. This can vary depending on your preference of thickness of apple slice.
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy!
Finally, place your chosen amount of apple slices on a plate and serve to your desired recipient. This could be a family member, friend, or even a pet! Another option is to serve the apple on the chopping block to create a more fresh farm to table feeling. Enjoy!