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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Lokelani » Thu May 14, 2020 9:26 pm

Gillthepainter wrote:Tony's ceramic knife has little chips out of it.
But he's been using it for years now.

Re the Alligator, I love it!
Talk about excellent, the dice is finer than I do with a knife too. I'll be getting the slicer attachment, and the mini-chopper too for sure.

Dead easy to clean.



Some are definitely harder than others. We have some with little nibble sized chips out of them, & others that are older but with no damage. Lakeland sold them for a while, theirs were somewhere in between in quality I seem to remember. I'm amazed they never caught on more.

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby aero280 » Thu May 14, 2020 11:53 pm

The "Rick Stein Moment" :o

Look away now!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6TJ88PiKdo

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Earthmaiden » Fri May 15, 2020 12:22 am

:lol: :lol:

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Pampy » Fri May 15, 2020 12:36 am

Gillthepainter wrote:
Re the Alligator, I love it!
Talk about excellent, the dice is finer than I do with a knife too. I'll be getting the slicer attachment, and the mini-chopper too for sure.

Dead easy to clean.

Would you mind posting a link to the one you got please Gill? I'm definitely interested in getting one.

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby karadekoolaid » Fri May 15, 2020 3:58 am

The "Rick Stein Moment"


Yep. Been there, done that; and I think there´s an Anthony Worrall-Thompson video where the guy is doing the same with garlic, and then... expletives deleted.

That´s what the guard is for.

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Gillthepainter » Fri May 15, 2020 7:29 am

Sure thing, Pampy.
IMO, you do want/need the 2 piece - small dice, and medium chip size. This is the plastic one, it seems robust.
I think there is a metal one out there if you are worried, but I've got lots of plastic things in my kitchen. There's a 3 piece one with a slicer too but the price went up too much for my comfort zone.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1

When I saw Rick Stone at the NEC, I was really disappointed.

He cooked nothing himself and had a team of his own chefs prepare a mediocre meal. All rather uncomfortable, compared to some of the other chefs.
In a "here's one I made earlier" moment, he showed the mandolin video, just to add to the uncomfortable-ness.
Lights up, and he put a meal up for the audience's delight that had been made the previous day.

Hmmmmmm.

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Stokey Sue » Fri May 15, 2020 9:43 am

Gillthepainter wrote:Sure thing, Pampy.
IMO, you do want/need the 2 piece - small dice, and medium chip size. This is the plastic one, it seems robust.
I think there is a metal one out there if you are worried, but I've got lots of plastic things in my kitchen. There's a 3 piece one with a slicer too but the price went up too much for my comfort zone.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1
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I finally found the slicer - very mixed reviews. But only one thickness of slice (fairly thin) and only works with quite small items. Think I’ll keep going with the food processor

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alligator-Slic ... B0015F6CB0

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Gillthepainter » Fri May 15, 2020 9:53 am

Oh, I see what you mean. I'll stick to my knives for slicing.

Talking of processors, I'm still very impressed with my Bosch compact processor.
I was worried about the size (compared to my Kenwood predecessor), but I need not. Large enough for any project.

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Wic » Fri May 15, 2020 3:02 pm

A while ago I read on here that someone said that they had some mini-tongs, which they liked. I saw some in Sainsbury’s and got them, and yes, they are brilliant!

Then I got all sorts of good advice about a Scanpan.

Recently a mini-cranked palate knife came up. Good old Sainsburys had one and it is another winner.

Thank you all! Now, what do I need To get next?

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Pampy » Fri May 15, 2020 4:02 pm

Thanks for the link Gill. :thumbsup

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby spangle » Sat May 16, 2020 12:05 am

aero280 wrote:The "Rick Stein Moment" :o

Look away now!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6TJ88PiKdo


Aargh! I think I'd need a stiff drink before I'd dare click on that link! Must resist...

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Pampy » Sat May 16, 2020 5:32 pm

Alligator ordered - due to be delivered next week!

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Gillthepainter » Sat May 16, 2020 5:51 pm

Marvellous. I've only used mine for onion so far.
No more crying!

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby KeenCook2 » Sat May 16, 2020 6:03 pm

Badger's Mate wrote:I too squirm when mandolines are being used. I'm also banned from going anywhere near one. I'm bad enough with my microplane grater. Mrs B is convinced that the very sharp Japanese knife I got for Christmas will cost me fingers.

Ha, funnily enough I just posted on KK's carrot cake thread about my fear of microplane graters! I've been tempted to get one and then always stopped myself as I just KNOW I'd have a nasty accident :lol:

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sat May 16, 2020 7:59 pm

Pampy wrote:Alligator ordered - due to be delivered next week!


Me too :thumbsup

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby PatsyMFagan » Fri May 22, 2020 4:16 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:
Gillthepainter wrote:Re the Alligator, I love it!
Talk about excellent, the dice is finer than I do with a knife too. I'll be getting the slicer attachment, and the mini-chopper too for sure.

Dead easy to clean.


that's good to know, thanks Gill. I have problems cutting onions as my eyes burn and stream with tears so much. This seems like it will solve that :thumbsup


Mine arrived yesterday and I tried it out today ... not as much pressure required as I would have thought :thumbsup . If I could change anything, it would be to have a choice between the large (chip) attachment and the slicer... I will use the slicer quite a lot, but will hardly every use the chip chopper :thumbsdown So, like Gill, I will need to get the slicer attachment now :roll:

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Renee » Sat May 23, 2020 10:18 am

I was almost tempted by the Alligator, but now I'm not sure! Someone said that it needed a good thump and elsewhere someone said that carrots needed to be sliced thinly. :shock:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alligator-Orig ... op?ie=UTF8

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Gillthepainter » Sat May 23, 2020 10:31 am

I'm about to check the chipper attachment tonight on my carrots.
Patsy, Sue said the slicer attachment hasn't got very good reviews, so I'm not bothered about getting one.

Renee, it doesn't need much force, just a confident bit of pressure.
I've been cutting onions nicely for a week. It's the one job I least like in the kitchen. (used to).

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sat May 23, 2020 12:43 pm

Gillthepainter wrote:I'm about to check the chipper attachment tonight on my carrots.
Patsy, Sue said the slicer attachment hasn't got very good reviews, so I'm not bothered about getting one.

Renee, it doesn't need much force, just a confident bit of pressure.
I've been cutting onions nicely for a week. It's the one job I least like in the kitchen. (used to).


And I have now discovered the slicer is not an attachment, but another thing entirely and as expensive as what we have already bought. :roll:

Yes, Renee, it doesn't need a thump, just a good press down. ( edited to add that I just leant into it, so my bodyweight helped - if you know what I mean ;) ) Peppers work well too, another thing that is a bit of a faff. I may just chop all my remaining onions and freeze them down. :thumbsup

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Re: another gadget I've not seen before

Postby Renee » Sat May 23, 2020 1:37 pm

My bodyweight will certainly help then! :lol: I'm sure that I'll be able to cope!

Thanks!

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