Kitchen tools and gadgets are meant to make life easier. Some are pointless and some are a novelty but a few are brilliant like this pineapple slicer and wedger from Lakeland. Pineapples are hard work to peel and cut, and the stalk in the middle is unpleasant but this cutter is so easy to use and makes light of the arduous chore.
A best-seller from Lakeland, their Pineapple Slicer and Wedger* now welcomes an additional part in the form of a circular, green wedger, which cuts the pineapple slices into chunks. It also comes with three different sized plastic cutters (small, medium and large) to suit all pineapples that slot into the easy-grip handle. Don’t be fooled by these. Just because they’re not made of stainless steel like some rival makes, by no means are they inferior in stepping up to the job. They’re also dead easy to clean afterwards.
To use, slice the head off the pineapple, press the cutter in and twist and turn. Keep twisting and watch the plunger sink lower into the fruit. As the cutter is turned, it expertly cuts through the fruit and creates pineapple rings. Then just pull it out and voila!
If you want chunks, simply feed the wedger through before slotting the handle in and once you’ve cut the pineapple, press down for neatly cut chunks. It takes less time to use than opening a tin plus pineapples are in season right now and really cheap.
There is less wastage and more fruit gained from using this. You’re just left with the hollow pineapple shell which could double up as a fruit bowl or giant cocktail cup. This gadget is also safe to use in the dishwasher.
My advice is to pop the pineapple in a shallow bowl to catch the juices. When I used a chopping board, quite a bit spilled all over.
So, no more tinned pineapple! No more sticky hands! No more mess! You’ll ask yourself how you ever managed without one before. I am going to try this pineapple upside down cake now…
You can find Lakeland’s Pineapple Slicer and Wedger in store or online priced at £6.99 (reduced from £8.98).