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How to Core an Apple

Making apple pie? Need a quick snack? Learn the fastest and simplest way to remove the core.


  • Step 1: Cut the core Center the corer over the apple's stem end, pierce the apple, and push the corer all the way through. If you don't have a corer, push a paring knife through the apple and cut around the core.
  • TIP: If you don't need to keep the apple whole, cut the apple in half and remove the core from each half using a melon baller or a spoon.
  • Step 2: Remove the core Pull out the corer, which will take the apple core with it. If you used a paring knife, remove it and push the core through the bottom of the apple with your fingers.
  • Step 3: Clean out remaining core Turn the apple over and remove any excess core from the bottom.
  • FACT: The only apple that is native to North America is the crabapple. Most apple varieties originated in Asia.

You Will Need

  • An apple
  • A paring knife or apple corer
  • A melon baller or spoon (optional)

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