Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kitchen Gadgets - Swissmar V-Slicer Plus (Mandolin/Mandoline)

What it is: Swissmar V-Slicer Plus Mandolin
Why It's Fantastic: Because it slices and dices everything you need in the kitchen
Why You Should Get One: Because it's $21.99 for a very reliable mandolin. Every kitchen needs one of these gadgets!

Whether you need to slice, dice or julienne - this Swissmar V Slicer does it all for you. Neatly and with minimal effort. Plus, the huge hand guard thingamajiggy keeps your fingers all protected from the big, bad (and very sharp) blade. This is a good thing, as only professional chefs should use a mandoline without a guard on for protection.

The thing that impresses me about this model is not only that it's well designed and made, but look at that price! We sell mandolines in the kitchen shop where I work for $300. This is less than 1/10th of that price, for a very decent kitchen must-have.

Right, it IS plastic. But really, unless you plan to use a mandoline all the time, you don't need the pricier stainless steel versions.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kitchen Gadgets - Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter

What it is: Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter
Why You Need It: Because it WORKS! This handy little kitchen gadget easily and quickly cuts a mango in two, neatly removing the pit as you go
Who It's Great For: You, if you happen to love mangoes half as much as I do

At the kitchen shop where I work, we could not keep these mango splitters/pitters in stock. Mangoes are an incredibly hard fruit to cut the pit out of - it's one of those kitchen tasks that you just had to get on and do, without a great gadget to help. Until now! This Good Grips mango splitter is fantastic - it removes the pit easily, and leaves the maximum amount of delicious, juicy mango flesh behind. It really does an excellent job, and I highly recommend it.

Kitchen Gadgets - Cool Frog Teapot - Just Because It's SO Cute

What it is: Adorable frog teapot
Why You Need It: Because this little fellow is way too cute to resist
Or...Give it as a gift to a tea & frog loving friend (hey, there's more of those than you'd ever imagine!)

I'm a sucker for cute gadgets and kitchen must-haves and so this little frog teapot absolutely grabbed my attention! How can you resist this adorable teapot? If you love teapots, visit Teapots Teapots for more to choose from.