Spork, Coconut Scraper, Cheap Mandolin
Where can I buy the following:
2. Easy Coconut scraper that takes the effort out of the job
3. Cheap but effective mandolin for making stir fries, julienne cuts of carrots, daikon etc.
Please attach pictures & or websites if you have a good recommendation.
Camping stores usually sell sporks... I've seen them at REI (www.rei.com).
Don't know about the coconut scraper... lately I've only been buying young coconuts from the ethnic grocery stores and it's so soft you just spoon it out. For harder coconuts, perhaps a curved blade would work... are oyster shuckers curved?
Cheap mandolins can be found either in Chinatown stores or KMart/Sears Essentials (the Martha Stewart line). Also, check Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx or HomeGoods.
We're happy so far with the $10-or-so Chefmate mandolin at Target, recommended by Cooks' Illustrated. Smooth operation, easy to clean, and slices cleanly. It's made of plastic, so don't expect it to last decades or survive a year in a backpack in the Himalayas, but it's cheap and effective for sure.