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My kiddos use this all the time. It's GREAT for kids, when they know how to use it w/out getting hurt (like anything else in the kitchen!)
What I taught them to do, is to slice down on the apple, then flip it over on it's side. Pull the core "out" and the rest of the apple wedges will fall off on the other side.
Yes I did that to myself at my party in October. Lost a big chunk of my thumb but luckily it grew back. Hurt like H-E-double hockey sticks though I can tell you that. So NOW instead of pushing them through I pull them through!! LOL Easy AND painless.
that is the one thing about the PC wedger over others..it is very sharp and you cannot try to get pieces out that way. My kids are used to the duller wedgers too, so I will not get one until they are older.
Were you pushing the bottom of the apple up through the apple wedger?
The reason I ask is because my MIL is totally kitchen handicapped. NOT SAYING YOU ARE, but when she bought her apple wedger from me I didn't explain that she shouldn't do that, thinking the entire time that she'd know better. She even watched me use it and that's when she decided to buy one. Well, did she EVER prove me wrong. She pressed down on the apple and then flipped it over and tried to push the apple back up through the wedger! The end result is 4 or 5 fingers that ended up nearly skinned to the muscle!
She actually called me to say "Why did you NOT tell me NOT to do that!!" My only response was "Didn't you know better than to stick your fingers into the business end of a sharp object?"
Moral of the story! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stick your body parts into or under something sharp.