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An egg slicer, eh? Some time ago I reviewed an egg pick, and now this. You may assume that I indulge in luxury, that my kitchen is a showcase of cutting edge, but utterly superfluous gadgets. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The list of gadgets I don't own is longer than the list of the ones I do. Most of my gadgets are cheap, mechanical thingies. No electricity, no batteries.
But certainly an egg-slicer is superfluous? Can't one take a knife if one feels like slicing an egg? Well, yes. One can even live happily without slicing eggs at all. One can stuff an egg into one's mouth and devour it whole. But if you want to eat an egg sandwich or make a salad, slices are preferable. If you take a knife, the yolk sticks to the blade more often than not. The slices aren't very thin and not of equal width and you can't cut the end of the egg without endangering your finger tips.
In comes the egg-slicer. It's made of (dishwasher safe) polished stainless steel. It's 10cm in diameter and 2.5cm high when closed. The bottom and the top part are held together by a hinge. The lower part is slightly elevated, it has seven 3mm wide slats divided by 2mm wide slits. It serves as a tray onto which you put the boiled egg. Then you lower the top containing eight stainless steel wires. They cut through the egg by moving into the slits. Up with the top and you can take out perfect slices.
You can also use this slicer for mushrooms and lumps of mozzarella cheese if they aren't too big. If they are, you can cut them into half first. Unfortunately you can't slice tomatoes, too. The skin is a bit too hard for the wires. It would be nice if this were possible because then you could easily prepare the Italian Insalata Caprese with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.
Amazon sell the egg slicer for 6.99 GBP. Considering that it's indestructible and you can have it forever if you treat it in a civilised way and don't maltreat it with, say, a hammer or step on it, this is no price at all. It's an ideal present - maybe together with an egg pick - for people setting up their first household. But also long-time housewives and househusbands will be pleased and ask themselves after a while how they could ever live without these little helpers.
If you're musically minded and are capable of producing music with anything, you'll love the egg slicer. It hasn't got the nickname 'egg-harp' for nothing. Move your fingertips along the wires and you'll hear music of the spheres.