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How to make checkered apples

Finally… a long-overdue tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do some simple tutorials for a while now but somehow life got in the way and the tutorials were put on the back burner. But I promise that I will get them done slowly but surely. And here’s the first one – the Checkered Apples! 🙂

First start off with a nice red apple. Green ones will work as well though they are not as pretty. Speaking of apples, this is my all-time favorite apple – the Honeycrisp. They are so unbelievably crispy! They are a little more expensive than the other apples but so worth it. They are also available for only a short time, usually around the beginning of the apple season.

Checkered Apple 1

Then cut off a slice of apple. I usually try to quarter it, depending on the size of the apple. The wider it is, the more obvious the checkered pattern will be.

Checkered Apple 2

Then a quick dunk in a bowl of lightly salted water to prevent browning. Alternatively you can sprinkle with a little lemon juice.

Checkered Apple 3

Score the surface of the apple like a checker board. Try to make the evenly spaced.

Checkered Apple 4

Using a paring knife, just slide your knife under the surface and peel off the apple skin. If you have made the scores deep, the skin will just peel off easily. I promise it gets easier as you do more of this. Using a sharp paring knife helps too but please do be very careful not to cut yourself.

Checkered Apple 5

Skip a square and repeat the peeling process.

Checkered Apple 6

After you finish one row, start on the next while making sure that it is done in a checkered pattern.

Checkered Apple 7

And voila, a gorgeous checkered apple!! 🙂

Checkered Apple 8

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  • Heather R September 21, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I did these for my kids for the first time the other day. They both came to me after school and said how “cool” they were. Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to see more tutorial ideas. Thanks!

    Glad you like it. I will do more tutorials soon.

  • RE-EntrePOD September 21, 2009, 1:40 pm

    That’s Certainly a clever way to do it. Thanks I’ll try it later this evening. btw are you a Garde Manger ?

    Thanks! Nope, just a SAHM. : )

  • Tricia September 22, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Thanks for show us how to do it. I can’t wait to do that for my 5 yr son! I make a special effort with his snack. He appreciates all the little things I do for him … he Thanks me everyday when I pick him up from school. I am sure he will like this “new” design in his snack box!

    You’re welcome. Hope your son likes it. 🙂

  • Erica September 23, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Very cool! 🙂

    Thanks!

  • whoisbaby September 26, 2009, 5:57 pm

    wow … very tediuos job. i thought there is an gadget to specially help in making this.

    Actually it’s not too bad. It gets easier once you get the hang of it.

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