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I enjoy the odd pineapple every now and then, but I was often put off by the lengthy and slightly frightening process of wielding a large sharp knife to hack at an irregular organic shape. It was difficult, and awkward.
Then one day, I found this pineapple cutter and peeler, and all my pineapple based woes were a thing of the past! This gadget cuts any pineapple into a perfect coil of pineapple rings, with no wastage and no risk of amputation through clumsy knife wielding!
The process couldn't be simpler. First, you cut off the top of the pineapple (with a knife admittedly, but its hard to go wrong here). Secondly, you select from three differently sized cutters. Is your pineapple small, medium or large is the question you need to ask yourself at this point. Thirdly, plant your chosen cutter in the centre of the pineapple, and twist till you hit the bottom. Finally, and this is the fun part, pull your tool back out of the pineapple, and voila, perfect pineapple every time! Plus you can pour out a good cup full of pineapple juice from the pineapple shell.
As an added bonus, the shell of the pineapple remains intact, so you can use it as a fun tropical cocktail glass, or fool your friends by replacing the top and pretending you have an undisturbed pineapple. Fun!
In the last year or two I have changed my lifestyle drastically and look and feel better for it. I have been able to lose weight and become fitter by increasing my intake of fruit & vegetables and exercising more often. I like to have fresh fruit where possible when I am eating it for breakfast or as a 'treat' and so I have several kitchen gadgets that help to make my life more simple one of which is this pineapple slicer. I paid just under £6 for my slicer sold from Amazon including free delivery.
My sole reason for wanting this is that a lot of effort goes in to preparing a fresh pineapple and yet they are frequently tempting me with their special offers in supermarkets.
My initial concern when opening the packaging was that this looks quite flimsy. It is made of plastic hence the flimsy appearance and it looks a little like those corkscrews that are long winded to use. It has a handle lined with black and at the bottom of the slicer there is the round cutter. To use it is fairly simple really, I just cut off the top of the pineapple, the part with those large leaves, then insert the round cutter in to the pineapple to make sure your pineapple slices are rings. Then the top needs twisting and gradually it will start to make rings of pineapple appear out of the centre of the pineapple. Once about halfway through I tip up the pineapple and drain the juice in to a large bowl (just easier than using a glass). Then I can continue to make the pineapple slices although quite a lot of strength is required. When I have finished and reached the bottom of the pineapple I hold the pineapple with one hand and pull out the slicer with the other hand. There are two buttons on the side of the slicer that remove the handle (to remove your pineapple rings while still intact) so care needs to be taken on my part not to remove the handle before I've finished removing it from the pineapple.
Now this might not sound like the most simple thing ever, it isn't, but I do feel that it is quite simple to use. It does take quite a bit of strength and a few minutes but it gives me good results. Usually when preparing a pineapple I have all horrible uneven chunks that are sometimes large and difficult to chew up with a sore jaw (which I suffer from after an operation). I also like that if I take care that I can get a nice amount of juice from this, when I often add with other fruit juices to make a delicious drink, and I can also keep the pineapple outer shell intact and use this to serve cocktails (test it over a sink though first!) or even fancy retro looking desserts.
Since purchasing this slicer I have spotted that there is a similar one with three different cutters, I would definitely recommend this as with my one I have to go for a medium sized pineapple and can't always take advantage of the largest pineapple for my money. This is only a small annoyance but the difference in price between the two gadgets is very small for the option of additional cutters.
I am going to rate this 3 out of 5. I feel that this is a little flawed as sometimes it is difficult to get to the bottom of the pineapple successfully. There is a fair amount of mess when using this as I always end up using this gadget and a bowl to drain the juice to ensure that it doesn't spill everywhere and get wasted. I do love having the rings of pineapple though and the fresh juice not being wasted also. I am strong enough to use this, mainly thanks to using my Shake weight regularly but don't feel that older people or those with little arm strength would be able to use this anywhere near as easily as I can. I love using whole pineapples though as I can keep them for a few days before deciding that I want pineapple and having it there ready in a few minutes. I will definitely continue to use this, despite the problems I've mentioned, because I like to use gadgets regularly or they end up getting given away to make space for some other gadget that I just absolutely must have!
What it is:
Vacu Vin Pineapple slicer a marvellous aid in slicing pineapple. It prevents all the mess and pressure required when using a knife. The kitchen gadget feels so much safer. The action required is rather like when using a corkscrew but, instead of pulling out a cork, you are taking out the contents of the pineapple.
How to use:
With a knife (the only time it needs to be used) cut off the top of the pineapple and put the plastic tool in.
Centre the blade and twist like you're back in the sixties.
When you feel the tool has hit the bottom brings it back out.
Just look at that - perfectly shaped pineapple rings with none of the mess or difficulty involved when using an ordinary knife. The core of the pineapple is left within the pineapple shell and it takes seconds.
Pour the juice into a vessel which has been placed beside the pineapple in readiness.
The pineapple shell is left in a perfect condition, which makes a very good container for serving cocktails, which is fun for a retro party.
The handy kitchen tool is dishwasher safe. The claim is that this works quicker than opening a can. Well, I don't think so but the end result is fresher and purer than any tinned fruit. The slicer can be purchased in a bundle of three different sizes to cater for small, medium and large pineapples or can be purchased as separate tools.
The bitter and sweet bits:
The tool is far from sexy looking. It is made of thick, white, plastic with a long stem that comes out from a permanently attached black and white handle. The circular bit at the bottom resembles an apple corer. It looks cheap and takes up room in the drawer but it works and you don't have to have it on show for people to see. I've owned this for so many years that I've lost count yet it it still cuts and cores pineapples with the ease that it had from day one.
The bad side is that it leaves a bit too much fruit on the wall of the pineapple but on the whole I wouldn't want to be without it. It's a fantastically simply invention and really takes the effort out of preparing a pineapple. This is well worth every penny and I know I didn't spend more than five pounds on this.
Unless you object to fresh pineapple I can't imagine why any home would be without one.
Back last summer, when I purchasing a lot of fresh pineapple in the supermarket, it was beginning to frustrate me how much of the pineapple I wasted when just trying to cut it myself, and just how much effort it took. When browsing on amazon, I noticed this Vacuvin Pineapple SLicer, which is currently priced at just over £5. You can also get the Vacuvin pinepple slicer in a set with three different size corers, but I felt one was enough to start with. I'm not really into gadgets to be honest, and hate wasting money on things that will end up sitting around not getting used, so if it hadn't been for the positive reviews I read about the product, I probably wouldn;t even of considered buying it.
When the product arrived, it was very plasticy looking, and I was dubious about it performance. It is shaped a little like a cork opened, with the handle sitting horizontally to the long corer. At the bottom of the slicer, is the actual round cutter, which you insert into the pineapple, once you have sliced off the top wth the leaves. I found that the brief instructions that came with the product to be of little use I'm afraid, and just had to have a go myself, and even to this day, I am still perfecting the art of using it.
Once you have cut off the top of the pineapple, you then place the round cutter into the pineapple. THis is a smaller circular part which will then leave a hole in the middle of your pineapple rings like you would get in a tin of pineapple slices. You then need to have strong arms, and you begin to twist the device further and further down the pineapple. As you twist it and go deeper, you will start to see the rings of pineapple starting to come out around the long middle corer.
This for me is usually when the problems start however. I find that I am doing great until I get bout half way down and the device has either stopped cutting pineapple, or it cannot go any further, even though I am not yet at the bottom of the pineapple. I sometimes have to get my husband to have a go at this point to get to the actual bottom of the pineapple shell. This is also the messiest part, and I have learnt, that you are better draining the pineapple juice as you go along, otherwise it makes for a very very messy kitchen top. THe other problem comes when I am trying to remove the device from the pineapple with all the rings still intact. Very often the plastic turning handle comes apart (there are two buttons at the side of the corer which release the handle) as you can very easily and accidently hit the buttons at the side to release it.
On a plus note, if you are having guests and you are looking for a unique dessert, assuming you have cut the pineapple out carefully, you should still have the pineapple shell intact, and can then use it for as a pudding case, and insert whatever you like. I haven't always had success with my pineapple coring, and have never used the shell, but I do feel at least that I am no longer wasting a lot of my pineapple, just by chopping, plus Ihave got rid of that heard centre in the middle of the pineapple very easily.
All in all, there are pro's and con's of this product. If I were to buy it again, I would definitely purchase the set of 3, where you can pick the right size cutter for your pineapple, and I think this would alleviate some of my issues with getting to the bottom of the shell. It is a very useful gadget, and I do love that fact that you are not wasting as much, and you have these beautiful shaped pineapple rings afterwards. It is a messy product though, so you should be prepared for juice everywhere, which is why I advise that you drain the juice off as you go along. For the price, it is a good product, but definitely go for the set of 3 for more convenience.