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peeler, juice extractor, knife sharpener


[Julienne Peeler] E-PRANCE 3 in 1 Vegetable Peeler/Cutter/Slicer, Y-Shaped Stainless Steel

Review from Jeannie’s Product Reviews

This comes in a blister pack, but one that’s easy to open, not one of those where you take knife, scissors, teeth and need the contents of the first aid kit after you’ve finally got it apart. This is simply stapled at the top – hurrah!

I’ve had a couple of these before and find them far easier to use than a knife, especially if like me you have arthritic hands and fingers. They tend to be incredibly sharp so do take care to peel away from hands, not towards body when peeling smaller items and keep away from young kids. This makes very fine julienne shreds, and I prefer larger ones, but that’s personal preference. It’s also good for slicing onions very finely for salads and coleslaw, or potatoes or other fruit/veg to make crisps. Either deep fry them or bake in single layer in oven. When slicing onions and small veg I use a fork to hold the veg rather than shred my fingers 😉 it’s easy and safer that way!

I liked the grip of this, and loved the idea of the swivel head instead of changing blades, but in practice I found that though the blade “locks” into place with an audible click it slips out very easily if you press that little too hard. That’s dropped it to a three star from me as it was irritating keep clicking it back. Its easy to clean, simply rinse quickly and wash as normal or drop in the dishwasher. Sadly we don’t have one of those….

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Stars: three

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Juice Extractor, E-PRANCE Premium Manual Citrus Juicer, Stainless-Steel, Heavy Duty, Suitable for Juicing Orange Lemon and Other Hull-free Fruits (Silver)

Review from Jeannie’s Product Reviews

This arrived well packed, in bubble warp in a secure box. Its comfortably heavy and feels like it will last years.

Its my favourite gadget of the year I think, its so simple, so easy to use and clean. I’ve damaged joints in my hands and yet this was very simple, requiring very little pressure to obtain juice. I tried it with orange first and that was perfect, and then with apple. You could use plums too – ours have finished now but next year, along with raspberries and strawberries. We’ve had a great crop this year. I found that simply halving the apple didn’t work that well, I really then needed to quarter it and then it was easy, a little more pressure needed than for the orange, but apples are much firmer of course. The juice obtained though makes it worth it. Fresh juice is nothing like carton or bottled, but the juicers I’ve seen are both costly and a real pain to clean. They might create the juice very quickly but for most I’ve seen taking them apart and cleaning isn’t a quick process….Sometimes the old, manual and simple ways are best. when i was a kid we had a simple glass juicer where you pressed half a fruit and twisted. This is similar principle but easier as the long handles give better leverage and less mess and sticky fingers!

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Stars: Five

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E-PRANCE Knife Sharpener with 3-Stage Sharpening System for Straight and Serrated Blades (Black)

Review from Jeannie’s Product Reviews

This arrived in it’s own sturdy cardboard box, with other items in a larger box.

I love sharp knives, more accidents actually caused with blunt ones as then people exert more pressure and if it does cut it cuts deep…plus of course a sharp blade makes a job ar easier. Potatoes I find soon blunt a knife so I’m always sharpening mine ( and making someone else peel them!!)

This has a three stage system and each setting is clearly labelled. As well as kitchen knives it can be used for scissors and pocket knives. The handle is very easy to grip and shaped to fit palm. I found it very comfortable. Then simply pull your knife through a few times whichever sharpener you need. Maybe your knife or scissors are just in need of honing a little, maybe you need all three sharpeners for a really neglected or blunt blade. Its easy to hear that its doing its work and if you wipe blade over with a little kitchen roll after use you’ll see tiny specks of metal dust, so you’ll know its working and you’re doing it right.

I keep mine in kitchen on worktop next to knife block. If you keep it in the back of the cupboard you’ll forget it, keep it out and touch up blades in a couple of seconds whenever you need to. Its very robust and should last years.

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Stars: Five

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High Quality Julienne Peeler & Vegetable Peeler


High Quality Julienne Peeler & Vegetable Peeler
Well, after using this on a variety of fruits and veg I took some pics…but being the tech disaster I am somehow between transferring them from phone to pc I’ve lost them – and I stupidly ticked the delete box so I haven’t a copy on phone! If I get a chance I’ll take more and add edit my review later.

Anyway, this is a really fantastic product. It’s incredibly sharp – I first used it in the way I peel spuds with a knife, pulling device towards me, holding potato in left hand. After making some wonderful thin potato slices and  matchsticks for crisps I found I’d also shredded a layer of skin on my palm and thumb! Its so sharp I hadn’t even noticed…so beware and peel away from hands instead of towards. The crisps and matchsticks were perfect for frying though, produced some great crisps and chip-sticks. I used potatoes but you could use any firm veg, carrots, beetroot, butternut squash maybe? I deep fried and drained on kitchen paper but you can make crisps in the microwave – YouTube shows some easy methods.
I also sliced and julienned carrots and apples, which were so quick and easy to do. I used the slicing/peeling side on an onion, and got perfect wafer thin onion shreds that combined with the carrot and apple juliennes made a great and attractive salad. Radishes, cucumber, even melon and pears would work .Its just so quick, and the potential for different recipes is endless. As well as the peeling and julienne blades, there’s a triangular part on one side and a semi circle on the other for if you wish to decorate veg, or slice out shapes. This would look good on a cucumber and then use peeler for thin slices maybe? Its full of so many versatile parts that making fruit and veg attractive is easy. I also used it on cheese, making some slices for toasties, and some juliennes strips for melting into a sauce. Easier than a grater and less messy.
I’ve arthritis in my hands so my finger joints are bent, and using a conventional peeler or knife is hard and painful, but holding the spud in my left hand and using the peeler away from me it was quick and easy and – the real bonus – pain free. The handle is long enough to grip securely with my whole hand and doesn’t slip. I think if you want to use on some fruit and veg and get the last bit julienned or sliced, it may help to either insert a metal skewer or a fork in one end so you can hold that instead and avoid slicing fingers….
Its so sharp I wouldn’t let young children use it, and older kids need showing how to use safely. Sharp is what makes is so quick and easy though, so I’d rather it was like this than blunt and safe for kids.
Its easy to clean and for stubborn bits that get stuck there’s a useful brush to remove them included. I’ve slicing and grating attachments on a food mixer, but by time I’ve got it out and then cleaned all the parts it just isn’t worth it, and rarely use it. I can use this and have everything ready and device clean again by the time I’ve got mixer out of cupboard and put together for use.
I can see this device is going to get constant use, being so quick to use and easy to clean.
NB: Product supplied for review purposes.

Edit: 11 nov 15. this has been used constantly and I recently discovered its great for stringing runner beans and also peeling butternut squash. I love that roasted but each time I try to peel one it feels like I’m risking my life – well my hands and arms – as the peel is So Tough and knives tend to slip on it. Using this tough its a doddle. I cut off the stalk end and simply pulled the peeler along as it lay on the board, with me holding it steady via the wide ( blossom) end. I usually discard that part as the flesh is pretty thin there but it would be easy to simply reverse it for peeling if wanted. I pulled peeler over twice as you can see from the images the first peel still leaves a bit on. 

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