All you need is a drill and a dream.
Peeling apples is a monotonous labor of love; one that we trudge through for the pies, sauce, and pickles on the other end of the dark, blade-to-apple-after-freaking-apple tunnel. But after watching this video—and some trial and error—we've found that a drill moonlights beautifully as a quick and easy, albeit messy, way to peel several apples (though we were less successful with other produce). Here's how to use a drill to peel an apple in just a few seconds:
What you'll need:
How to do it:
When we tried this with other vegetables, we didn't have nearly as much luck: This tip doesn't work with stone fruits because the drill bit can't go through the pit, potatoes were too heavy and made a run for it as soon as we pressed "on," and while the cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes all had great starting potential, the nightshades weren't dense enough to stay on the bit. But apples, on the other hand, worked like a dream. We've also heard this works well for lemon zest with the proper machinery.
What's your favorite way to use power tools in your kitchen? Is power peeling the pie prep of the future? Tell us in the comments below!
Top photo by James Ransom