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==Strawberry Stem Gem Huller==
This is one of those items that I seem to have tons of in my kitchen drawers, ones that look and sound like a good idea but in the end you hardly ever use them and they just end up taking up much needed space.
That is not to say that this item isn't a good product as it really is but its just remembering that we have it and to get it out to use.
==Price and Availability==
I found this novelty little item in my local hard wear store which stocks so many weird little items that once I see them I just really want all of them. This was only priced at £5 which I found quite good as I have never seen anything like it before and the quality looked really good too.
Having just had a look online there are a good deal of places that it can be bought from and the prices do range from the £5 one up to around £7 so it is not an item hard to come by or overly expensive either. Seeing as there is not another item which is like this (not that I have come across anyway) I can't really compare the price range but I do feel that the price was fair for the item I received.
==Look and Design==
The look of the product is what initially caught my eye when browsing around the shop and because of the design I instantly knew what it was for even though I hadn't seen anything else remotely like it anywhere else.
The main body of the item is made from a rubbery type of silicone material which is red in colour and resembles a strawberry in colour and slight curvy shape. There is a plastic green button on the top of the product which aids to it looking more strawberry in appearance.
The bottom of the product is metal and rather pointy. The metal is a stainless steel which is shiny and made to a very good quality.
The idea of the item is that it is meant to take the top and middle part out of the strawberries so that they are nicer to eat and this aspect of the preparation of fruit is a lot easier to do. It is also aimed at being perfect for tomatoes too but the shape and design suggests that its first job is related to strawberries rather than tomatoes although having used it on both I must say how impressed I was.
The way the product works is that the top green plastic button is pressed down so that the metal pointy area at the bottom starts to come out and spray in shape. Of course depending on how far you push in the button on top will determine how large the area of the spray the metal end shall make and this helps with doing bigger or smaller strawberries.
When I first used the item I was so impressed at how easy and mess free I found using this gadget was. The plastic button is smooth and works easily to push out the metal "digger" type aspect at the bottom. The fact that it can do a variety of sizes means that not too much strawberry is removed along with the stem and it makes a far better job than I would do with a knife or my fingers.
Cleaning the item is okay although to get right inside the workings of the pincher type area s a little tricky but with a dish brush this is made a little easier. Of course because of the rubbery type of material that the main product is made of it is not advisable to put it in the dishwasher or leaving it in the washing up bowl to soak.
The item is a great one. It works easily and the only downside that I keep forgetting to get it out of the drawer to use. The fact that it can be used for both strawberries and tomatoes gives it a bit more scope but the use is fairly limited but this is as I was expecting when I purchased it.
The fact that it works so well and is quite a quirky item means that I am more than happy to award it with a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and give it a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.