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Jul 31, 2014 09:56 AM

Stupid gadgets

The citrus press.

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  1. I don't even know what one is.

    An apple corer.

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    1. re: c oliver

      oh, I LURVE my crank-operated apple corer. Makes apple-based desserts and applesauce go really fast.

      Because oldest pup would stand on his head for homemade applesauce, he loves my apple corer, too.

        1. re: c oliver

          I do use that for baked apples and poached pears.

        2. re: sunshine842

          Easiest, fastest, applesauce:

          Don't peel. Don't core. Just quarter and cook, then put thru the Foley Food Mill.

          1. re: sandylc

            but I don't own a food mill, and I *do* own a crank-operated peeler/slicer/corer.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I had one of those, and it only worked well on perfectly symmetrical apples, of which I encountered very few.

              In theory, it's a cool machine, but in practice it didn't work for me.

              Also, I tend to cook almost exclusively with Jonathans, which can be somewhat less firm, and the peeler/slicer/corer tended to chew them up, too.

              1. re: sandylc

                I've never had issues with mine. Although it's not a Foley brand.

                  1. re: sandylc

                    I don't understand the question, I was referring to a food mill not the apple corer peeler ect.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      I was talking about having issues with the apple peeley-corer machine in response to sunshine's comments about hers....

                      1. re: sandylc

                        Ok no prob, it shows the reply to me so I wasn't sure.

                        1. re: sandylc

                          We had one of those machines and never could get the thing to work satisfactorily. Meanwhile, a SIL said hers worked well, but she didn't use it much because she didn't like apple sauce or apple pie. I didn't believe her, and don't really miss a machine like this.

              2. re: sandylc

                One of the reasons I love my Foley food mill -- NOT a stupid gadget.

                ETA -- have not seen a Foley apple slicer -- only a Foley food mill.

          2. 50% of OXO products. The other 50% are great.

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            1. re: linguafood

              I was about to wildly disagree, until I realized we are only 20% apart. I'd say 70% are useful, the rest are gadgets cadged from responses to "You can be an inventor!" or, are simply lesser gadgets.

            2. This thing: The Salad X-Press

              it takes up an inordinate amount of space, is heavy but the worst part is the blades chop things smaller than the basket holes, so while it can spin lettuce and it can chop veggies it cannot actually spin a salad

              It should be called the salad separator

              also just entirely awkward to handle

              I got it new on half price day from the thrift store - probably for about $3 and re-donated after one use.

              1. Do you mean this?


                I use mine always, and a smaller one for limes. I don't think it's stupid at all, because it does a good job and because squeezing lemons by hand would irritate my skin. If you are not prone to dermatitis, more power to you, but that doesn't mean that a device which is helpful to those of us who are is "stupid."

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                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    I like it, too--have RA in my hands, so using 2 hands to squeeze the handles reduces the pain, plus I get much more juice than if I hand squeezed.

                  2. re: GH1618

                    I have the lemon size one and use it all the time.

                    1. re: GH1618

                      I've got one of those sized for limes and I use it all the time. It's great! Much better than any other method of squeezing limes.

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        I got this for my sister as an Xmas stocking stuffer and she loves it!

                      2. re: GH1618

                        I have one and it works like crap. It never gets all the juice out of the fruit. I can't believe I haven't tossed it yet. I use a wood reamer most of the time and will break out the citrus juicer if I need to do more than 1-2 fruits.

                        1. re: rasputina

                          I thought it would be useful to squeeze lemons instead of over a sifter. Nope, the seeds pop out the sides so straining is still necessary. If I use the citrus press, it is now over a strainer and then I hand squeeze and get another few teaspoons of juice that would have been lost. It just doesn't work and people are losing the juice.

                          1. re: Bellachefa

                            Squeeze your halved citrus over a strainer and bowl, by putting it between the arms of kitchen tongs. Squeeze with one hand on either side of the fruit. Reposition the fruit once or twice so you get every drop out.

                          2. re: rasputina

                            I originally had a more expensive version of this kind of citrus squeezer (pictured here). It had two sections, one for lemons, a smaller one for limes. It was awful. Hard to squeeze, messy, etc. I gave it to my son, and while he was using it, it broke apart. Then one day I was shopping at a local Mexican grocery store and saw a lime-only version for $2.99. I decided to try it and it's terrific! Easy to use, efficient and fast. Conclusion: not all citrus squeezers of this design are created equal, and more $$$ doesn't necessarily translate to better quality.

                            BTW, it's worth mentioning for those of you who have tried this type of squeezer and found it inefficient, the correct way to place the halved fruit into the squeezer is somewhat counterintuitive. The fruit is placed with the flat side against the holes and the "plunger" at the rounded end. After it's squeezed, the fruit is a flattened, almost inside-out puck.

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              I agree with the "upside down" position of the citrus--I get lots more juice that way. No seeds, ever.

                          3. re: GH1618

                            I'm all for citrus juicers. The fruit can be really hard to squeeze sometimes, no one likes seeds, and have you ever had a tiny cut when using one? Ouch!

                            I use a thing similar to this when I need more than a single fruit. I can't recall where or when I got it, but I suspect it was sometime in the 80's, because it's that soft grayish blue that was very popular (along with peach and tan) in the mid-80's, when everyone was duck crazy, and right before the whole southwest thing came along. Anyway, it works.


                            1. re: GH1618

                              First ran into these down in Baja. I haven't been without one since.

                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                Those avocado ones must be the most useless things around. What is easier to slice than an avocado??

                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                  LOL. I have a Kuhn Rikon "Avocado Knife" given to me as a gift. I used it once (to try it out) and it's been sitting in a drawer ever since. I think a lot of these gadgets are bought as gifts for cooks who have fully equipped kitchens -- so the givers are looking for something unusual.