kitchen: Progressive International Vegetable/French Fry Cutter
Progressive International Vegetable/French Fry Cutter
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Great concept...with limitations
For what it is, this gadget is great. It slices two sizes of potatoes. Push hard and you'll get great, uniform fries.
It also has limitations. Baking potatoes generally are bigger than this device allows. If you can live with trimming here and there, it sure beats slicing your fingers as you slice potatoes.
The only other drawback: it only does potatoes. I'm usually not into one-function appliances. I tried dicing apples with it. Don't bother. Might work with jicama.
Tough little tool that gets the job done so you can have better home made fries
For $12, I'm stunned by what I got. Sometimes you get more than you pay for. Really, this is a very tough little tool that should cost more. I like the fact that it has 2 sizes but I only use the smaller one. Just more value for those of you that like thick fries as well.
A couple of points to make for those who are under the illusion that cutting fries should be as easy as 1-2-3 just because you dropped $12 on a
: First, if you just take a potato, shove it in this thing and press, it's not going to be pleasant. It helps if you do something to soften your potatoes up first. This is a manual machine, not an automatic one, so it's not the machine's fault that you might have to exert a lot of energy to cut a hard potato! You can--and you should--microwave or simmer the potatoes first (I wouldn't boil, so as to avoid over-softening) before cutting. Just enough to soften them up a bit. Secondly, you probably still will need to use the force and balance of 2 hands to push the lever down and cut the potato into perfectly formed fries, but again, this is a manual cutter, so that's fine with me. Once you prepare the potato it will be easier to cut.
So to repeat, sure, you shouldn't have to do this for an automated potato cutter, but this isn't it. I would urge people to keep that in mind before they expect the sun, the moon and the stars for $12.
In a perfect world, I would like the potato bay to be a bit bigger so I can put bigger ones in there, but really, it's not going to kill me to cut the potato in half first. I'm more than willing to do that.
But the bottom line is, once you get these things cut, the fact that they are uniformly cut into the same size gives you the ability to cook all your fries evenly in a pot of oil or a deep
er. And that's what is needed to make
fries so pleasant and fun to eat. This cutter allows you to avoid the annoyance of a plate full of fries where some are a 1/2 inch thick and others are barely 1/10th.
Although I used to hand cut, the convenience this tool offers means that I use this every time I do bistro style steak-frites at home. And I enjoy every minute of it.
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