10 essential fruit and veggie tools
Even though it might not be apparent by the dreary weather we’ve been privy to, spring has definitely sprung. We’re sure of it and since it’s just a matter of time before your guests start expecting fresh servings of fruit, we’ve lined up some expert fruit and veggie tools to perfect your coring, hulling and pitting skills.
1. Cuisipro Cherry & Olive Pitter
Whether you’re making cherry pie or olive tapenade, pitting these nutritious little guys can be rather arduous. Yes, you could press them with a chef’s knife but this specialty tool from Cuisipro makes the process effortless, leaving you more time to preserve them in pretty jars.
2. Wusthof Silverpoint Colour Coded Paring Knife Set, Set of 3
This paring knife set is your friend. Offering dexterity and control, precision peeling and paring is within your reach. Green is good for peeling, blue’s better for fancy detail and red is rocking for slicing and dicing.
3. Chef’n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller
Strawberries come into their own when the likes of jam are on the agenda. But the greenery with the less than tasty white bit do nothing for the flavour and are time consuming to gouge out. This strawberry huller removes the stem and core easily with one twist. Right on time too, strawberry picking season is upon us…
4. Gefu Professional Pineapple Slicer
Pineapples are stars at digesting protein, thanks to little enzymes called bromelain. If they weren’t so spikey, messy and painful to prep, we would all add more to our diet. Meet the Gefu Professional Pineapple Slicer. It simultaneously cores, slices and peels with the added option of segmenting. If you like piña coladas or just getting caught in the rain, this one’s a goodie.
5. Cuisipro Julienne Peeler
Let’s face it, julienne veg are fancy. For those not gifted with a steady hand and chef-like skills, the Cuisipro Julienne Peeler turns veggie strips into child’s play. With its ergonomic handle and broad, ten-strip, toothy grin, your carrots will be reduced to tender tangles in mere minutes. All while you watch the next season of MasterChef.
6. Eva Solo Peeler
Left handed people are often forgotten in the kitchen utensils design world. With angled blades on both sides, the Eva Solo Peeler leaves no one in the family with excuses to cop out of dinner time preparations. The easy grip handle is not only comfy but makes for a stunning leaf shaped accessory to your fruit bowl. Thanks, Eva Solo.
7. Cuisipro Apple Corer
Remember when your gran said not to eat the apple core for fear of a tree sprouting from your ear? Well, she was right. Since we can’t see auditory foliage becoming fashionable any time soon, this Cuisipro Apple Corer is a true gem. Insert, twist and toss. Voila.
8. Chef’n Kiwi Tool
Kiwis, also known as Chinese gooseberries have a superbly tangy flavour, which is why we must have them on fruit platters, the world over. Tried to peel a kiwi lately? The slippery, squishy insides don’t make life easy. Once again Chef’n brings you the perfect tool for the job, a kiwi tool in fact. Its sole purpose is to neatly separate fluff from flesh and in that we rejoice.
9. Chef’n FlexiScoop Fruit and Vegetable Scoops Set of 2
Pips and seeds are great. It’s a happy indication that your fruit teeters on the upside of genetic modification. But once your initial fruit faith has been restored, the pips must go. Enter the FlexiScoop by Chef’n. Held at a gentle angle it excavates all the unwanted bits. A more purposeful scoop produces pip free chunks. Grand, hey?
10. Chef’n Eco Crock Compost Bin
If you hate waste then you’ll be overjoyed with this compost bin from Chef’n. It’s the perfect place to discard the bits your essential fruit and veggie tools so politely remove for you. Plus, your cabbage patch will love you for it.
Fresh fruit might be a touch more effort but it makes up for it in texture and taste. With tools like these in your cavalry, the sweet satisfaction of wholesome fruit and veg can be just as convenient as canned food was in its heyday.
Do you have any miracle kitchen tools, one should pay food preparation homage to?