“ Brand: The Pampered Chef / Type: Cutter „
Old fashioned crinkle cut chips are delicious and prompted our purchase of the pampered chef crinkler. We bought it from a kitchenware store at Cheshire Oaks shopping centre in Chester. Although not an item you will use everyday, it is always good to have in as it makes food prettier and more interesting.
==Price and availability ==
The pampered chef crinkle cutter costs around £8.00 and is stocked in online stores or in kitchenware shops.
The device has a very sharp blade that has a series of indentations that when pressed against a vegetable cause them to be cut in a crinkly fashion. The blade is rounded with a sturdy handle at the top for you to yield some great pressure while it remains sturdy in your hand.
The device is easy to clean and the blade can be wiped down after use. For a more thorough clean, you can slip it in the dishwasher.
==How to use and how I find it==
To crinkle cut your veg, simply slide the blade against the vegetable and push down firmly or in a more gentle rocking motion. You can really push down on the comfortable handle and as long as you cut on a sturdy board you will have crinkly vegetables in no time!
We mainly use this for potatoes when we make chips but we often use it for courgette and carrots as they give the finished dinner that little extra pizazz. As far as making chips go, I find the crinkler really easy to use and will more often than not spend the extra 4-5 minutes using this cutter. Carrots are a little more fiddly as they are smaller and do not look as impressive, however it still works fine and people usually comment on the excellent presentation.
You can probably pick up a crinkle cutter for a cheaper price in a Betterware catalogue or in wilkinson's ( I have seem similar looking devices for less than five pounds) but the quality did not look as good. The handle is the biggest selling point as it allows you to have a firm hold on it and prevent it slipping from your hand. The blade is also exceptionally sharp, this is another sign of the excellent quality. We have given the crinkle cutter quite a decent amount of items to cut through and the blade still remains impressively sharp. I can fully recommend this product and the only disadvantage is that I think it is a tad overpriced.
I have a few Pampered Chef products, mostly given to me by a friend who occasionally hosts their version of an Ann Summers party - only far more expensive and much less fun! This Crinkle Cutter however I purchased off Ebay for the bargain price of £3.95 including postage - I bought it specifically for carrots but since then have been know to add 'crinkles' to a wide variety of foodstuffs.
Why did I want to crinkle my carrots? Well, simply because I have a four year old who adores the phallic orange vegetables, but a visit to our local Toby Carvery had her hankering after crinkly ones as apparently they taste so much nicer! Never wanting to disappoint my children I looked around for something to help me cut them into more pleasing shapes for Hollie.
It's such a simple idea, explaining the product really won't take very long at all. It is basically a curved blade attached to a handle, the blade having lots of indentations which is what causes the food to become crinkled upon cutting. According to Pampered Chef you can either use the Crinkle Cutter in a rocking motion or slice straight down into the food. I personally slice straight down with it as I find the other method is too time consuming - the only thing to remember if using the cutter to slice as opposed to rocking is that you need to ensure your food is not wider than the crinkling indents on the blade. Trying to cut too-large food will result in non-apparent crinkles and may not even cut it properly at all.
The handle is ergonomically designed, which is really a waffley way of saying it's comfortable to hold. The handle is curved over the blade and is shaped so that your fingers remain where they should be (ie. away from the blade), I find it a very comfortable shape actually and although it takes a while to get used to a handle like this I now wish it were a feature on more of my cooking utensils.
The blade itself works brilliantly, in the few months I've owned it I've used it on so many different things that I can't even begin to give you a comprehensive list. Carrots, of course, were the first thing I tried crinkling and they looked so great that we haven't had a straight carrot since - Hollie loves them like that and even if she's having raw carrot these days (her favourite snack) she'll have them crinkled. It's no more effort than using a knife to slice them up and anything that steers her towards fruit and away from biscuits has got to be a good thing. I've crinkled chips too, although I found I needed to use smaller potatoes than usual as the gadget struggled on the huge Maris Piper potatoes you'd usually find me making chips with.
I tried crinkling cucumber but the effect is lost on such a 'wet' vegetable, but apples and non-juicy pears look fab after a crinkling session and add a bit of interest to a fruit salad. Hard cheese also looks good after crinkling, it was Charlotte's birthday last week and I used it to create crinkly cheese and pineapple on sticks and also carefully crinkled thin slices of cheddar to top Ritz biscuits. What I'm trying to say here is just experiment, you'll soon get an idea of what can be crinkled - and if it comes out looking a mess the food will still be edible!
The Crinkle Cutter is very easy to keep clean, the high quality metal of the blade means any mess will literally wipe off and the part where the handle joins the blade is well sealed so there is no danger of rogue bits of food becoming trapped in any crevices. It's dishwasher safe but really is so easy to rinse under the tap that going to the effort of loading it into the dishwasher just seems silly to me - not that I've got a dishwasher, I don't mind physical washing up!
For the price I paid I think I got a bargain, actually even the full price of around £8 is reasonable for something that will make your meals look so much more interesting. Obviously it's the kids who appreciate the crinkling effect the most (Hollie in particular) and I don't mind repeating that anything which will encourage them to eat more fruit and veg has got to be a good thing.
The Pampered Chef Crinkle cutter offers you a fun and interesting way to serve your fruit, vegetables and even potatoes. At £11.50 from their catalogue it was not cheap but as my friend was hosting the party and wanted people to buy things from her I decided to go for one of the cheaper things I could find in the catalogue. Actually, I quite fancied this as I wanted to make some nice vegetables for a recent dinner party I was having so home it came with me.
The crinkle cutter is small and has a handle that fits in the palm of your hand. Its got grips on the underneath of it which makes it fit in your hand perfectly so you get a good grip and one that is not going to shift when you are trying to cut through food. The utensil is an all in one so the blade section is attached to the handle at both sides.
I mostly do carrots with this as to be honest that is really the only vegetable you can do properly in my opinion with this tool. If you've been to restaurants where they serve vegetables like this you will note that it is always carrots that come out crinkled. In order to prepare the carrots I wash and peel them and then chop them like you normally would with a knife. I find the best way is to roll this tool over the carrot back and forth holding the carrot tightly in place. This usually helps me get nice uniform chips of carrot.
I also like to do potatoes with these and then fry them to make fun crisp like potatoes.
I would say this tool is probably more of a gimmick and not really something that you need but for a interesting plate of food this tool could be for you.
When my fiancé mark and I bought our first home together a crinkle cutter was not on my list of essentials. I eventually got one because Mark thinks crinkle chips taste nicer than straight,, how I don't know. Same potatoes, same oil just different shape. Personally I don't get it but I bought one to try anyway.
I got my Pampered Chef Crinkle Cutter from The Pampered Chef website. At £11.00 I thought it was expensive and to be honest as I don't make chips that often I really thought it would be a waste of money but I have been pleasantly surprised . I have had so much more use from this than I ever thought.
You are advised to wash the cutter before use but really that's just common sense. In my case that's a bowl of soapy water but the cutter is dishwasher proof.
The Pampered Chef crinkle cutter has a nice curved handle that makes using it very easy, its got a nice grip in the centre of it. The handle is D shaped and attached to each end of it you have the blade. The blade is approximately 6 to 7 inches in length and is slightly curved. It is of course shaped in a tight curvy pattern to give your food that crinkle cut. Despite cutting through fruit and vegetables with ease the blade doesn't feel as sharp as I expected it would, I was slightly surprised about this. However it does come with a protective cover to slip over the blade when not in use as it is sharp enough to cause injury if you grabbed it accidentally when its laying in a drawer.
I use my crinkle cutter on a wooden board, it does mark it slightly but the instructions advise not to use with a glass or marble cutting board so I just keep a wooden one in the cupboard for this.
I've used my crinkle cutter for chips and it does do a good job of giving a nice crinkle edge. It can be difficult to get all the chips the same size but I'm not that chefy so therefore not bothered.
I have also used it a lot for vegetables, far more than I thought I would. Although it doesn't improve the flavour of the food it does make it look nice on the plate, especially when I've got friends or family round. By cutting the veggies with this just makes a simple stir fry look more pretty on the plate.
We don't have children but often have our niece and nephew over. Recently they stayed overnight, I was immediately informed that they didn't like carrots and definitely no fruit! I didn't say anything but when it cam to dinner I had done some carrots with my crinkle cutter. Their faces were a picture, and I'm pleased to say all the carrots were eaten. It was the same with fruit. I chopped a banana up with the cutter and they happily ate it. So another bonus to this little gadget is it does tend (or did in my case) to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables.
The crinkle cutter can be used for salads, cheese and bread. I've never used it on bread but may be once again this could be used to encourage children. It can also be use to chop up herbs, not that they will look crinkly but its just an easy little gadget to use for that particular job.
The curved blade makes cutting and chopping very easy. Of course softer things are going to cut easier than potatoes etc but I haven't found using it difficult. I should add that if you have problems with your hands this may not suit your needs. My mum has arthritis and she wouldn't be able to use it.
Over all I recommend this little cutting tool, it may be a bit expensive but I have found it to be good quality and more useful than I was expecting.
The Pampered Chef sell a range of high quality kitchen gadgets both online and through their home parties. The crinkle cutter costs £11 if you buy it directly from their website, I bought mine new in its packet for a mere £1 from a charity shop.
The crinkle cutter is a simple little gadget. It is a serated blade designed to cut vegetables and herbs into crinkle shapes attached to a black plastic handle. It has only one use and that is to cut your veg into pretty shapes so they look fancier on the plate.
It is a really well made gadget, the blade is made from high quality stainless steel and it is firmly attached to the handle with screws. There is a protective cover for the blade to keep it covered when not in use. The blade is curved along the bottom so that when you move the handle the blade rocks from side to side.
In use, the handle has grips which are designed to make using the gadget more comfortable and while it is reasonably comfortable to use I would not want to use it for long periods of time. The blade actually feels fairly dull to the touch which was a surprise as I was expecting it to be really sharp. To give you an idea of how dull the blade is you can easily run it over the back of your hand while exerting some pressure and it will not break the skin.
I have used the crinkle cutter to cut potatoes into crinkle cut chips and carrots into pretty crinkled discs and it perfroms reasonably well here but you do need to put a lot of pressure on the blade to cut through these hard vegetables. It works perfectly on firm courgettes but the blade is not sharp enough for it to work on soft veg like tomatoes or even peppers. It is ideal for chopping herbs because the rocking motion makes it ideal for going over herbs and dicing them into tiny shreds.
The cutter is easy to wash in the sink, I've not tried sharpening it but I imagine I could use a manual knife sharpner to do so.
For £1 I am happy enough with my crinkle cutter, to be honest I used it a few times and then the novelty wore off and it has mainly lived in the drawer with all my other impulse buys. It is made well and will be long lasting but the blade could do with being a lot sharper to make it easier to cut through potatoes. I wouldn't pay £11 for the cutter as I think that is far too much and £5 would be a fair price.