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Prepworks by Progressive Vegetable and French Fry Cutter
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- Easily create dozens of French fries or julienned vegetables with a single push of the lever
- Simply place small or half potatoes into chute and squeeze through for thick or thin fries
- Interchangeable stainless steel blades with 25 holes for large and 49 holes for small fries
- Easy to operate lever action
- Hand wash only
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Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put into practice. Our gadgets, tools, food-prep items and household products make cooking and meal preparation more efficient and fun. At Progressive, passion and creativity unite to create the right balance of form and function for today's cooks. Our in-house designers spend hours in the kitchen coming up with ways to improve on a variety of traditional tasks and tools. Established in 1973, our commitment to quality and service allows us to offer a broad selection of quality kitchenware and other household products. Progressive holds product patents worldwide and has gained respect as a world class kitchenware innovator. Prepworks from Progressive International is a line of products created by people who understand having the correct kitchen tool can make your cooking experience more enjoyable. Prepworks - essential items for today's cook. Use this Prepworks vegetable/french fry cutter for french fries and vegetable sticks. Simply place the vegetables and small or half potatoes into the chute and press through for thick and thin pieces. The stainless steel blades are interchangeable: 25 holds for large and 49 holes for small. It features an easy to operate lever action for all your cutting needs. Hand wash.
This lightweight cutter divides a potato into its french-fry essence in a jiffy. One blade creates up to 49 3/8-inch fries with a single lever-push. The other creates up to 25 half-inch fries. You'll get those numbers, however, only if you precisely shape a large potato to fit the bed. The bed's size is the cutter's only drawback. Even if you cut a large potato to fit the head, the fry length is at most 3-1/2 inches. That length, however, is ideal for carrot, cucumber, and zucchini batons to assemble a vegetable tray around a bagna cauda, an Italian dipping sauce of olive oil, butter, garlic, and anchovies. And such batons get you halfway to a pretty dice for a vegetable soup. Hand wash. --Fred Brack
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However, it does have a few issues. Many people noted it was mostly plastic and they thought that that made it flimsy, but it is a pretty thick plastic and does not bother me. The issue I have is that the handle, although it feels metal, doesn't feel very strong and I have at times felt it give as though it would bend in half. This issue is usually caused by a tough potato.
I do have a few tips to make your french fry cutting experience a pleasant one. First, use red potatoes, the smaller ones cut the best. If you prefer russets, cut them in half or even quarters. Yes, it is a bit of work but will make the fry making easier. When placing the potato in the cutter, position the narrowest end toward the blades, it is a lot easier to force the large end in once the cutting has begun. My last tip is rather than positioning the cutter on the table as it is meant to be used, I recommend placing the potato in the cutter, grasping the handle with one hand and the rear of the cutter in your other hand, holding it where the blades are pointed toward a plate and slowly squeezing it shut.
Overall it's a really sturdy device and comes as advertised with the two cutting inserts, one for larger diameter fries and one for the thin ones. There are two not so greats on this one:
The potato "loading chamber" is fairly short. A lot of regular potatoes have to be shortened a little bit to fit in.
Also, the cutting surface is nearly too big for the plastic design: especially with hard potatoes (e.g. yams) the cutter easily reaches the boundaries: the mechanism will not provide leverage to move the potato through the cutter.
Here are a few tips:
- Don't use brute force: rather half the potato length-wise to lower the force required to push the potato though. That way you'll still get the same length of fry but have to use less force (and consequently don't break or bend he machine)
- After cutting, soak the raw fries in water for 15 to 30 minutes and they'll bake easier
- Don't deep fry, bake instead! Use the water soaking and some brushed on olive oil to get some healthy baked fries
- Try different potatoes: redskin, sweet potato all work and all make great baked fries
For the price of the cutter and a bag of potatoes you can't go wrong: it's healthier* and cheaper than the processed fries from the freezer!
* unless you eat them German style like I do: lot's of mayo and some ketchup
This is easy to use (it does require some force) and the grate and pusher pop out for easy cleaning. The device is well made and feels really sturdy! Highly recommend! I plan on getting some other veges to try this on and see if I can make some vegetable fries!
My only caution is that you need a heavier duty one than some of the cheaper models that are sold at discount. Recommend this particular model.