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Okay, I love kitchen gadgets, but I do not add one to my collection unless it does a thing no other gadget or a good knife will do, and I will use it again and again. Most single use gadgets just pile up in a drawer and then go to the donation box. I have to remember, that a lot of these gadgets are invented for people that need assistance. So, I try not to disparage single use gadgets. That said, I have a hard time standing and slicing for a long time. This seemed like a useful tool.
I fantasized about this for a year, at least, as it resided on my wish list. It was an add-on item one day, and I could not resist. Cherry tomatoes are a favorite and I buy them weekly or more when they are in season. They are a pain to cut individually. There was a suggestion, online, to put the tomatoes between a plate and then slice. That didn't work. So I'd slice these tomatoes, and roast them. I pretty much stopped.
One side is open, and the other closed with a slot that allows the knife to pass. The handle has a triangular blade that is serrated on each side. You basically fill the tube with tomatoes and run the blade all the way through the bottom. It is fast and so easy. The triangle sides just slip through the tomatoes, since you can use the handle from either side. It's simple, useful and efficient. That said, since the tube is wide enough to fit a fat little cherry tomato, the elongated ones do not slice in half perfectly, nor do small ones. For my purposes, though, it's perfect.
This slicer just okay. You have to have the right size tomatoes. Too small and they will be way uneven or not slice at all. Too big and they won't fit in the tube. Too ripe and it makes a mess. I feel like Goldilocks with the porridge. When everything is good, works well.
We got tired of chopping up grapes for our infant twins, saw this, and thought Hooray! And for the most part, we are really satisfied. The blade is sharp and easily slices. It feels well made and sturdy, and will probably stand up to lots of use over time. But for grapes the tube is a little too wide causing the grapes to fall almost side by side and leading to uneven slicing. Some grapes might get cut right in half, others will just get the tips chopped off. It's not a big deal, you can just shake them up and slice them a few more times until you are happy with the size. But I get the feeling this was designed for larger items like cherry tomatoes. You'll also want to invest in some small brushes to clean this thing out, because the blade doesn't remove from the tube, and it's a tight squeeze to get a sponge or dishrag in there without ripping them.
That being said, if I had a wishlist for the product, it would be: - a cap or something for storage that eliminated the blade part from coming off. - a distance device (like something you could push in or pull out) to differentiate between a small grape and a larger grape tomato, for example. This would give a more even cut... I found when cutting grapes sometimes only the side gets cut off instead of an intended halved fruit. Those things aside, and for the price, this device is well worth it for busy moms and people on the go!
It cuts grapes, cherry tomatoes and other small fruits but not in a consistent manner as you would like. It still does the job and depending on the hardness of the item you can run them twice by the machine to achieve smaller pieces. You need to be quick in moving the blade to avoid squishing the fruit. I still like it to make salads faster but would be more careful cutting fruit for babies as grapes for example may stay almost at the regular size if not ran twice by it. It’s really easy to clean.
I thought I'd use this product infrequently, for just slicing tomatoes for salads and pizza. It works so well I've found additional uses. I squeezed gently on the cylinder after filling it with olives for pizza so it would work on the smaller items; I took the once sliced olives and re-loaded them for another slice and it worked perfectly. Much simpler than slicing tomatoes and olives by hand. The blade is sharp and the slicer was easy to use. A great, affordable item to have in the kitchen.
A surprisingly good little kitchen gadget. The blade is extremely sharp. There is a "bottom" in the tube that holds the tomatoes/grapes so they don't fall through. Blade is protected from hand at all times. As a long-time cook, I would highly recommend this product.
Works very well. The only thing to caution people about is that it can work really well on thumbs and fingers too. So keep them out of the path of the blades. Slices quite nicely. The reason you may put your fingers where they shouldn't be is technique on using it. So practice and resist holding the bottom. : ) You will like the product.