The best cutting devices for your favorite fruit
Don’t let a pineapple or mango intimidate you.
You can always eat more fruit. This is something that can’t be said about everything in your fridge or pantry, but it’s true of nature’s candy. Sure, some varietals make you work for it a little, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.
With these innovative and convenient fruit-specific slicers and de-corers, you will no longer have any reason to avoid adding more fruit to your daily diet.
Hacking into a pineapple can be an arduous task if taken up with a simple kitchen knife. After all, how many other fruits have a spiked suit of armor as skin? You need a specialized tool to remove the thick core and get to the sweet, easily sliced-up innards. This SameTech device utilizes a detachable wedger that pulls out the core and creates perfect pineapple rings quickly and efficiently. The stainless steel wedger and plastic handle are also durable enough to survive the dishwasher.
A palm-sized slicer with 7 blades designed specifically for creating ideal strawberry slices, the MSC International Simply Slicer is like one of those kitchen tools you didn’t know you needed until you had it. This 4-inch-long slicer (in the shape of a strawberry, so there’s no ambiguity) is a no-frills way to avoid manually slicing berries—which is great when you have a big project like a pie or cake that requires a lot of sliced strawberries. Be warned, though, MSC recommends only hand-washing the slicer.
From garnishes to cocktails, lemon and lime slices are the workhorses of the fruit world. Simposh’s compact slicer creates perfect wedges in seconds—just pop the lemon or lime into the holder and press down with the circular slicer. Easy to clean and doesn’t have a ton of moving parts, which makes storing less of a headache, too.
It may look like a gardening tool, but this innovative slicer from Weetiee will change your approach to watermelon prep forever. After you slice the melon in half, drag the plastic “cyclone blade” through the inside and create perfect watermelon cubes (which are collected in the handle). Made of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, the tool is not only unique, but safe and cleanable simply by rinsing with running water. Quick, easy, and fun.
Next to the pineapple, the mango may be the most frustrating fruit to prepare. The giant pit cannot be sawed through with a lightsaber, much less a standard kitchen knife, and attempts to cut around it usually result in a cutting board filled with pulpy mess. This Zyliss slicer easily removes to pit (or “stone”) with serrated, stainless steel blades, and you can use various parts of it for skinning and slicing the fruit without reducing it all to useless mush.
The apple. A tried and true mainstay that has enjoyed its own dedicated slicer for far longer than many others – but that’s not to say there isn’t always room for improvement. What makes this Mudder option innovative is how it combines a simple press-down slicer with a more advanced corer (made of stainless steel, with a sturdy rubber handle) that really expands your apple prep options. It can also be used on pears and even tomatoes, so it’ll quickly become a go-to, and is completely dishwasher safe.