Product Type: The Pampered Chef gadgets
Newest Review: ... of indentations that when pressed against a vegetable cause them to be cut in a crinkly fashion. The blade is rounded with a sturdy handle... more
Crinkle those carrots!
The Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter
Member Name: chrisandmark
The Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter
Advantages: Makes everyday foods look so much more interesting, easy to use and keep clean
Disadvantages: None at all, I love it!
I have a few Pampered Chef products, mostly given to me by a friend who occasionally hosts their version of an Ann Summers party - only far more expensive and much less fun! This Crinkle Cutter however I purchased off Ebay for the bargain price of £3.95 including postage - I bought it specifically for carrots but since then have been know to add 'crinkles' to a wide variety of foodstuffs.
Why did I want to crinkle my carrots? Well, simply because I have a four year old who adores the phallic orange vegetables, but a visit to our local Toby Carvery had her hankering after crinkly ones as apparently they taste so much nicer! Never wanting to disappoint my children I looked around for something to help me cut them into more pleasing shapes for Hollie.
It's such a simple idea, explaining the product really won't take very long at all. It is basically a curved blade attached to a handle, the blade having lots of indentations which is what causes the food to become crinkled upon cutting. According to Pampered Chef you can either use the Crinkle Cutter in a rocking motion or slice straight down into the food. I personally slice straight down with it as I find the other method is too time consuming - the only thing to remember if using the cutter to slice as opposed to rocking is that you need to ensure your food is not wider than the crinkling indents on the blade. Trying to cut too-large food will result in non-apparent crinkles and may not even cut it properly at all.
The handle is ergonomically designed, which is really a waffley way of saying it's comfortable to hold. The handle is curved over the blade and is shaped so that your fingers remain where they should be (ie. away from the blade), I find it a very comfortable shape actually and although it takes a while to get used to a handle like this I now wish it were a feature on more of my cooking utensils.
The blade itself works brilliantly, in the few months I've owned it I've used it on so many different things that I can't even begin to give you a comprehensive list. Carrots, of course, were the first thing I tried crinkling and they looked so great that we haven't had a straight carrot since - Hollie loves them like that and even if she's having raw carrot these days (her favourite snack) she'll have them crinkled. It's no more effort than using a knife to slice them up and anything that steers her towards fruit and away from biscuits has got to be a good thing. I've crinkled chips too, although I found I needed to use smaller potatoes than usual as the gadget struggled on the huge Maris Piper potatoes you'd usually find me making chips with.
I tried crinkling cucumber but the effect is lost on such a 'wet' vegetable, but apples and non-juicy pears look fab after a crinkling session and add a bit of interest to a fruit salad. Hard cheese also looks good after crinkling, it was Charlotte's birthday last week and I used it to create crinkly cheese and pineapple on sticks and also carefully crinkled thin slices of cheddar to top Ritz biscuits. What I'm trying to say here is just experiment, you'll soon get an idea of what can be crinkled - and if it comes out looking a mess the food will still be edible!
The Crinkle Cutter is very easy to keep clean, the high quality metal of the blade means any mess will literally wipe off and the part where the handle joins the blade is well sealed so there is no danger of rogue bits of food becoming trapped in any crevices. It's dishwasher safe but really is so easy to rinse under the tap that going to the effort of loading it into the dishwasher just seems silly to me - not that I've got a dishwasher, I don't mind physical washing up!
For the price I paid I think I got a bargain, actually even the full price of around £8 is reasonable for something that will make your meals look so much more interesting. Obviously it's the kids who appreciate the crinkling effect the most (Hollie in particular) and I don't mind repeating that anything which will encourage them to eat more fruit and veg has got to be a good thing.
Summary: A fab alternative to plain sliced veg
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