Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rave of the Day: Pineapple Corer Slicer

I saw the Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer a couple of years ago on the Food Network. It was one of the kitchen marvel shows that had cool kitchen gadgets. One of the items I noticed was the pineapple slicer.

Anyone who's ever had to cut and peel a fresh pineapple knows it takes forever to do it. This gadget makes it so much easier to get perfect rings of pineapple in seconds! Well, maybe not seconds, but it's certainly faster than cutting then slicing...you get my drift.

All you have to do is cut the top off, align the gadget with the core, press down and twist clockwise. Remove the top from the base and slide the rings out from the top.

It takes a little getting used to, especially to make perfect equal sized rings. Mine were a little uneven, but it still looked good.

The core and shell of the pineapple is left intact. You can use it to put fruit in, or make a nice mixed drink. Go ahead, I won't tell :). There is juice leftover that can be reserved for something else.

There are the rings! I like to soak them in water with a little bit of salt to preserve the sweetness. However, pineapple doesn't last long with us, so there wasn't left over after I made my shrimp and beef skewers, and since Gary ate the rest of the pineapple.

The problem with this gadget is that it's geared towards smaller pineapple. If you have a bigger fruit, it will not get the sides of the shell. You can always run a knife on the side to cut off the leftovers.

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