This is a quick tip, one that we've mentioned before
. But we used it again last night, and it just works so well!
I made poached pears last night for a dessert, and I used a melon baller to scoop out the seeds and core in the center of each pear half. The melon baller is sharper than a spoon, and just the right size to scoop out the seeds. It's quick, easy, and looks very neat. It also doesn't take too much of the fruit: it just takes the inedible bits and leaves the rest.
I've started coring apples this way too, when I am just slicing them up for a snack. It seems to leave more of the apple to enjoy!
Do you have other tasks you use a melon baller for?
Related: In Praise of the Melon Baller
(Images: Faith Durand)