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Cutting tools: not only knives

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A precious series of tools to make those often long and laborious operations like slicing, peeling, chopping, and mincing pleasant and quick. Each of these tools, sometimes with a decidedly bizarre shape, has been designed for a precise function, and in the final result, you can see the difference. They are, in short, a valid investment that lasts over time and that will prove its worth in the field.

Crescent

Crescent

It is mainly used for chopping aromatic herbs and leafy vegetables; the movement uses the same principle as a chef’s chopper: the curved blade goes back and forth on the food to be chopped. The two knobs allow for greater downward pressure, and the crescent-shaped blade increases the cutting surface. There are also versions with two or even three blades; this speeds up the processing time but the advantage is only apparent because the chopped vegetables accumulate between one blade and another and you have to continuously go to remove them.

Mandoline

Mandoline

A precious tool that allows you to process vegetables with wonderful precision. By adjusting the shape and position of the blade, you can cut all vegetables, except leafy ones, in the shapes you prefer: smooth slices, matchstick, grid, wavy. You just have to hold the piece to be cut firmly and pass it over the blade. The blades are interchangeable, and the thickness of the slices is adjustable. Rubber feet keep the tool firmly in place on the work surface, and a guard prevents fingers from coming into contact with the blade. Unfortunately, however, it is expensive.

Oscillating blade potato peeler

potato peeler

Practical and economical, this all-metal tool has a wide and long central slit, thanks to which the peels do not get stuck during processing. The slit is sharpened on both sides, so it can also be used by left-handed people. The oscillating movement allows you to follow the contours more precisely, thus reducing waste.

‘Economy potato peeler

This is the most common potato peeler, featuring a “v” shaped blade with a narrow slit that engages easily. The pointed end is useful for removing potato sprouts or any damaged parts.

“Castor” potato peeler

Also called bow peeler, is a tool initially created for people with manual problems. It is equipped with a “Y” oscillating blade and a non-slip handle that makes it very practical and handy.

Potato peeler with digger

Some people find it convenient to peel potatoes with a sideways action, while others prefer tools that require a downward motion: it’s a matter of taste.

This potato peeler works by making a sideways movement, has a swinging blade sharpened on both sides, and is therefore also suitable for left-handed people. In the center, it also has a metal tab that allows you to easily pullout even the most sunken sprouts. It’s a sturdy, long-lasting item and, what never hurts, good-looking too.

Dual-purpose potato peeler

For those enthusiasts who want to imitate their kitchen idols by showing off bravura carvings such as julienned vegetables without having to resort to a knife, this tool is the ideal solution: equipped with a blade with a deeply serrated side, it produces a fairly satisfactory result, although to use it you have to flatten the vegetable on the cutting board. Its use is also limited to carrots and root vegetables: it is not good for leeks and spring onions. The full-length smooth blade side will allow you to get waffle-thin slices.

Ceramic rotary potato peeler

The Japanese have brought the razor-sharp cut of their ceramic knives to perfection in this wonderful little tool: it glides lightly peeling fruits and vegetables effortlessly, plus the ergonomic handle and rotating head make it easy for left-handed people to use.

Juicy vegetable peeler

vegetable peeler

Until now, if you wanted to peel peaches, plums, or tomatoes you had to blanch them in water and then patiently remove the skins one by one: now you can process them in the same way as apples and pears using this tool with a finely serrated blade. It also exists, if you prefer, with a “Y” blade. Also perfect for peeling kiwis.

Mango has a large, flat central core that is very laborious to remove, and it is not uncommon to find yourself in trouble. Here’s the solution, an ingenious contraption that, while splitting the fruit in two, removes the hated stone in a single motion, pressing firmly on the pleasantly padded handles.

Zester

Zester

The characteristic of this tool is the “V” shaped tooth that you plant in the fruit, making thin strips of fragrant skin. You can also use it with cucumbers or mushrooms, obtaining, when we are going to cut them, slices with a pleasantly grooved edge. The model you see here is for right-handed people, but there is also a version for left-handed people.

Ruler “zester”

The angled blade, ending with sharp holes, allows obtaining in a single gesture fine curls of peel, perfect for decorating cakes and desserts. The reduced angle of the blade means that only the yellow part of the peel is heard, avoiding the white part below, more bitter. 

Pizza Cutter

Pizza Cutter

There’s nothing better, not even the sharpest knife, for quickly cutting pizza into even slices: the circular blade carves the dough from edge to center in a single motion. The protective guard prevents fingers from accidentally getting on the blade.

Cheese Slicer

Cheese Slicer

This useful tool was originally designed to thinly slice Scandinavian cheeses, which are too pungent to be enjoyed in larger quantities. The sharp edge has an angle that guides the slice of cheese through the slot on the knife’s spatula-like surface. This keeps it from breaking and allows it to be served directly on the plate.

Fish scaler

Fish scaler

The underside of this aluminum tool is covered with thick, sharp honeycombs that, when passed over the scales of the fish, lift them up and tear them off. If you can, scale the fish before eviscerating it: since it is fuller and rounder, it will be easier for you to handle it and perform the operation more effectively.

Egg cutter

Egg cutter

10 parallel and well-tensioned wires, inserted in a frame: with one quick gesture, voila, here you are slicing your boiled eggs with a clean and precise cut. Another advantage: the wires, unlike the blades, do not stick, is the yolk so it does not crumble.

Electric Slicer

Electric Slicer

Here is a tool that reveals all its usefulness for households consisting of many people or for those who have a small catering business and must slice quickly and well cold cuts, hams, roasts. Also perfect for slicing large loaves of bread. The disc blade is powered by energy, leaving your hands free to hold and guide the piece to be cut. Needless to say, great care must be taken and your fingers should never be in the vicinity of the moving blade.

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