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Be nice: slice precise

Victorinox Precise Slice Knife

In the very near future, hams, turkeys and roasts across the land will be broiled, braised and baked to perfection. From oven to table, the wafting scent of dinner will cause family and friends to gather ‘round in eager excitement. And then you cut into it, ravaging the poor beast into disrespectful clumps. Enthusiastic smiles become replaced by disappointed grimaces. Don’t let your stunning table presentation fall into a meaty pile of disarray: the Victorinox Precise Slice Knife will help you clean up your slicing act.

The serrated knife features an adjustable guide to help you create perfect slices from 1-mm to 15-mm thick. Operating similar to a mechanical slicer, the offset guide directs the cutting edge all the way through the meat during the slicing action. Serve thick slices for the entrée and then just as easily cut some thinly sliced for sandwiches the next day. With neat and clean dinner presentation along with perfect leftovers, your guests may just never leave.

November 9, 2009   No Comments

Easy slices, easy wedges

Progressive Tower Slicer and Wedger

Knife work can be tedious and dull, especially if your skills are a bit rusty. Even if you are sharp with a knife, chances are you could stand to hone your skills a bit more. Creating perfectly even slices and wedges takes machine precision that most home cooks simply don’t have. However, the Progressive Tower Slicer and Wedger does.

With a simple push, perfectly even slices or wedges can be made with this kitchen gadget. Just insert the particular blade you want, add your fruit or vegetable and plunge away. Complete with coordinating pushers and a cleaning comb, the 6-cup capacity slicer and wedger is perfect for handling the prep work for presentable salads and hors’ d oeuvres. All parts are dishwasher safe.

October 1, 2009   No Comments

This apple slicer makes house calls

Dial-A-Slice Apple Slicer

Considering that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it’s a good thing this apple slicer picks up the phone. The Dial-A-Slice Apple Slicer cores and slices in one simple motion. A twist of the base dials in how many blades are used, creating either eight or sixteen perfectly proportioned wedges. While the state of health care in this country may be open for debate, at least this kitchen gadget has you covered.

September 22, 2009   No Comments

When life gives you lemons, make lemon wedges

Citrus Wedger

Sure, you could do as the old saying suggests and make lemonade, but why stop there? Lemon wedges are totally the way to go. Besides being convenient and versatile, they have the added benefit of being a delicious ingredient in many an adult beverage. Save the lemonade for the kiddies, and give life a kick right back in the pucker.

Easily slice and divide lemons and other citrus fruit into uniform slices with the Citrus Wedger from Williams-Sonoma. Accommodating fruits up to 2.75-inches in diameter, the kitchen gadget creates six wedges with one simple motion. No matter how many lemons you may have hanging around, a handy device such as this makes prepping them that much easier.

UPDATE 6/30/12: The link from Williams-Sonoma no longer works, so check out the Norpro Lemon Lime Slicer instead. Four-and-a-half stars and less than ten bucks!

July 9, 2009   No Comments

Grate and slice with a mandoline

zyliss_mandoline

Kitchen gadgets are easy to accumulate: they are fun, encourage you to cook and make excellent gifts. One measure as to the usefulness of any kitchen gadget is how many degrees separate it from being a unitasker. Any device meant to do one thing is just going to end up cluttering up the junk drawer. If a gizmo can do two things, great. Three things, even better. But four? Hey. I’m on board.

Okay, this Zyliss 4-In-1 Multi Slicer/Grater might be pushing it, as almost any grater will at least offer the choice between fine and course, but not as many can handle slicing too. If you got a mandoline hanging out in your kitchen, there’s a good chance it doesn’t do any grating (although many do). Likewise for your grater, the slicer portion can be woefully inadequate. With the added bonus of a finger guard, this grater-meets-mandoline makes for a fine addition into the collection of kitchen gadgets designed to do more than one thing.

June 29, 2009   No Comments

Slice whatever you want with this multi-purpose slicer

Norpro Multi-Purpose Slicer

Now this is refreshing; a kitchen gadget that isn’t overly specialized. While I may have no need in my kitchen for a dedicated avocado slicer, I certainly could find a use for this Norpro Multi-Purpose Slicer. After all, that’s what it’s designed to do: slice multiple things.

This gadget slices everything from mushrooms to radishes, so you can finally get rid of all those slicers that are each designed to slice a different item. Or better yet, re-gift them for those hard-to-buy-for friends you have. Most likely any novelty slicers you may have are still in the package anyways.

June 18, 2009   No Comments