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Avocado Slicers

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 | Tags: ,

Another gadget heads into the A&K Test Lab to find out if it's really worth the money and the space in your kitchen. Avocados are divine, but their tough outer skin and soft inner flesh make them a little tricky to prepare. Can an avocado slicer make the job any easier?

THE BASICS

  • An avocado slicer is a tool for making uniform avocado wedges for salads or sandwiches without mushing any of the avocado.

  • Typically, the cutting part is a circular or oval band with spokes through it.In one motion, the slicer is designed to turn half an avocado into slices then scoop them up at the same time they are being cut.

  • An avocado slicer can usually be used on other soft flesh fruits such as kiwi and mangoes.

  • If you think you really need an avocado slicer to make your kitchen tasks easier, consider the kind and quality of the material:

    • Some have cutting parts made of stainless steel and handles made of plastic whereas others are completely stainless or completely nylon.

    • Stainless steel or wire slicers are sturdy, whereas slicers made of plastic or nylon parts are flexible and lightweight.

    • Dishwasher safe is always a good idea.
  • Other features to consider:

    • Slicers can have full or partial teeth, creating different lengths of slices.

    • Some have a pit and rind-removal feature.

TEST CRITERIA

We took three slicers to a local Mexican restaurant, Las Margaritas, where guacamole is a menu staple. Head Chef Gabby Menendez helped us put our products to the test.

  • Chef’n Flexicado Avocado Slicer (w/ half-length stainless steel blades): $7.99
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  • Tovolo Standz Avocado Slicer (w/ full-length polycarbonate blades): $9.99
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  • Trudeau Stainless Steel Avocado Cutter(scoop shape, serrated edge): $4.99
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(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Slicing Test

  • The Chef’n Flexicado was troublesome to use because the blades weren’t long enough, so our avocado slices came out a mushy mess. You had to squeeze it to fit it in, and didn’t finish the slice very well.

  • The Tovolo Standz slicer had full-length blades and felt sturdier. It finished the slice nicely, though it took some practice to get all the flesh out.

  • The Trudeau scoop slicer was a bit scary to use because it felt like you could easily cut yourself. However, it was the best of the three at getting all of the flesh out. 

OUR TOP PICK

None of these slicers seemed worth the space in our kitchen tool drawer or budget. Our Mexican chef gave us some tips on getting the best slices out of your avocado using a regular paring knife.

  • Slice the avocado in half lengthwise.

  • Sink the knife into the pit and give it a twist to loosen and remove it.

  • Slice the avocado halves again lengthwise (so you now have quarters).

  • Take the knife tip and carefully slice through the flesh lengthwise to create slices of any width you prefer. Try not to go through the skin.

  • Take the tip of the skin at one end and peel the sliced avocado quarter similarly to a banana. The skin should come off easily and you’ll be left with clean slices and very little mess.

No gadget required!

 

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