Product Type: The Pampered Chef gadgets
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The Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
The Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter
Advantages: sturdy, makes crinkle potatoes and carrots
Disadvantages: blade not sharp enough, overpriced
The Pampered Chef sell a range of high quality kitchen gadgets both online and through their home parties. The crinkle cutter costs £11 if you buy it directly from their website, I bought mine new in its packet for a mere £1 from a charity shop.
The crinkle cutter is a simple little gadget. It is a serated blade designed to cut vegetables and herbs into crinkle shapes attached to a black plastic handle. It has only one use and that is to cut your veg into pretty shapes so they look fancier on the plate.
It is a really well made gadget, the blade is made from high quality stainless steel and it is firmly attached to the handle with screws. There is a protective cover for the blade to keep it covered when not in use. The blade is curved along the bottom so that when you move the handle the blade rocks from side to side.
In use, the handle has grips which are designed to make using the gadget more comfortable and while it is reasonably comfortable to use I would not want to use it for long periods of time. The blade actually feels fairly dull to the touch which was a surprise as I was expecting it to be really sharp. To give you an idea of how dull the blade is you can easily run it over the back of your hand while exerting some pressure and it will not break the skin.
I have used the crinkle cutter to cut potatoes into crinkle cut chips and carrots into pretty crinkled discs and it perfroms reasonably well here but you do need to put a lot of pressure on the blade to cut through these hard vegetables. It works perfectly on firm courgettes but the blade is not sharp enough for it to work on soft veg like tomatoes or even peppers. It is ideal for chopping herbs because the rocking motion makes it ideal for going over herbs and dicing them into tiny shreds.
The cutter is easy to wash in the sink, I've not tried sharpening it but I imagine I could use a manual knife sharpner to do so.
For £1 I am happy enough with my crinkle cutter, to be honest I used it a few times and then the novelty wore off and it has mainly lived in the drawer with all my other impulse buys. It is made well and will be long lasting but the blade could do with being a lot sharper to make it easier to cut through potatoes. I wouldn't pay £11 for the cutter as I think that is far too much and £5 would be a fair price.
Summary: not worth £11
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