Product Type: Normann Copenhagen Kitchenware
Newest Review: ... little gadget for £1.50 each, I had to give it a go. To use the gadget, you hold it at the end of your mango, so the oval is the same ... more
Give it a push and release the fruit!
Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter
Member Name: chrisandmark
Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter
Advantages: Easy to use and keep clean
Disadvantages: None at all, I wish I'd had one years ago!
I love mango, absolutely love it. What I definitely don't love however is peeling and chopping the bloody things as even if I don't lose a finger trying to slice the flesh from around the stone, I'll definitely lose cash as I waste aforementioned flesh when I realise I actually have no chance of getting it all off.
So around five years ago I wasn't particularly surprised to find an Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter in my Christmas stocking, as my family aren't known for their exciting choice of present - if my mum notices a need for something she'll buy it (however mundane) for them. It's actually turned out well, the same Mango Splitter being in regular use and showing hardly any signs of its relative old age.
I know some people will be looking at my review and wondering what the hell a Mango Splitter is, so I'll explain. It won't take long. You basically get your mango and stand it stem-end down on a plate, position the Splitter over it and then push down until it slides through the mango. When the Splitter has done it's work you'll be left with two fleshy 'cheeks' of mango and the large stone. Eat the mango, wash the Splitter and your work is done.
It's so easy to use. The two handles which jut out have a rubbery 'sleeve' which makes the Splitter comfortable to hold and also prevents the risk of your hands slipping once they have become coated in sticky, slippery mango juice. The metal part isn't really sharp so you have to use a bit of force to get the Splitter through the first stage which is when you are breaking the skin at the top of the mango, however once you're through that you'll find the blade will slide very easily through the soft flesh.
The stone will still hold a little mango flesh but nowhere near as much as when I attempt to hack into one using a knife - and anyway, providing I'm on my own I'll then happily suck the rest of the flesh and juice from the stone and sod the sticky face afterwards!
Washing the Mango Splitter is a piece of cake; a quick swish and wipe in hot soapy water will remove all traces of this very sticky fruit - although do take care with the inside edge of white plastic as I find if this isn't cleaned scrupulously you'll be in for a sticky and tacky time next time you come to use it. It's dishwasher safe up to a certain temperature, although as I don't have a dishwasher I can't comment on the effectiveness of this.
I'm completely happy with this low-tech kitchen gadget, the plastic is looking a bit discoloured now but that's to be expected from a five year old item which is used at least on a twice-weekly basis. Not only does it make life easier but over the years it has actually saved me money - I'm sure fellow mango lovers will relate when I say that before owning this I've actually thrown away over ripe mangoes simply because I couldn't be bothered hacking away and by the time I *can* be bothered the mango has gone rotten. This no longer happens and I can hand over my £1.49 (which is a disgusting price for a single fruit, but that's a whole other review!) safe in the knowledge that preparing and eating the thing will not be the drama that it used to be.
£6.50 (ish) from anywhere that sells the Good Grips range.
Summary: A simple idea that honestly works a treat
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