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I Like It
on 7 June 2014
Apparently if I gave this product five stars it would mean "I Love It" as opposed to just liking it. But it struck me before I started writing, that if my life ever became so mundane as to "love" ANY kitchen implement, I should probably seek counselling!
That said, it does not detract from the fact that this wee beastie is definitely worth having. I'm sure that just like me, a lot of people out there have kitchen cupboards positively stacked with various gadgets and gizmos that promised at one stage or another, to make your time in the kitchen somehow more enjoyable or easier. Maybe even promised to make you eat healtheir?
But that's where this stainless steel gizmo comes into its own. It seems quite short sighted for it to be marketed specifically as a "Potato Chipper". Yes I do use it for making great and reasonably healthy chips in my Actifry. But then it's also great for making uniform sized (and thus equally cooked) carrot batons to boil or steam, chopping onions, or at the other end of a meal, for use on any number of fresh fruits such as apples, pears, mango and even pineapple. It really does make food preparation quick and easy.
It's also surprisingly well made and very sturdy to use. Initially I was amazed how much downward pressure you can apply, which means one push down and a whole spud is chipped. Granted it won't take really big spuds, but then why would anyone buy baking potatoes to make chips with? I did read one review that said, as with similar products, it didn't cut right through potatoes and that the reviewer had to pull the potatoes through manually to pull the raw chips out. However through trial and error (and a bit of close scrutiny), it DOESN'T tell you in the instructions that one side of the chipping blade (you get two, one for standard chips and one for thinner American type "fries") is quite a bit sharper than the other. So in effect, if you put the blade in back to front, which you can easily do until you get used to it, it's like using a blunt knife. So you end up trying to force the potato through with brute strength alone rather than with the assistance of the sharp side of the blade(s).
So yes, I would definitely recommend this item, and not just for chips. All I would say, is just spend a few minutes when you unpack it, to make sure you're putting the sharp side of the blade(s) towards the potato. It's one of those exceedingly rare kitchen gadgets that HASN'T made it's way to the back of the kitchen cupboard, and what's more, it seems very unlikely that it will ever do so. Ahh bliss!