Reading 78


It’s no surprise that I love old things: houses, barns, furniture, sewing machines, and especially kitchen tools! So you can imagine how excited I was to find this Reading 78 apple peeler on Craigslist last week.

I’ve been looking for an apple peeler to replace our apple peeler, corer, slicer for years.  The apple multi tool we had just seemed to do too many things and none of them well.  Often I would end up with the core being pushed through and then the peeler and slicer function would no longer work.  It’s so frustrating to have a tool that is made to save you some steps actually force you to go backwards.

In my search for a better peeler I found that Lehman’s hardware had started reproducing the Reading 78 peeler in Kidron, Ohio.  You can find Lehman’s peeler here they run around $200.  However, they also sell all of the replacement parts so if you happen upon an older 78 at an antique store or on Craigslist, you can always order sharp blades or a new handle!

I went ahead and replaced the auxiliary blade on mine and ordered a replacement for the actual peeling blade. That cost around $10, so now I have a fully functioning peeler for $45.

The kids and I couldn’t wait for the new blades to arrive and we were surprised and happy to find that it worked really well, even on a soft apple!  This Craigslist find happened just in time for us to put up some more applesauce and apple pie filling from the apples we have stored in the basement.  Which is another great activity for days like the past week where temperatures are below zero without the wind chill figured in.


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