Though apple skins are healthy, some recipes call for peeled apples. These apple peeling tips will show you how to remove the skin safely and efficiently. The first thing that you will need is a sharp paring knife. Now, before we continue, a quick safety tip: Whenever you are using a sharp knife you always want to cut with the blade facing away from you. If you are cutting with the blade toward yourself and you slip you will increase your chances of an accident.