We eat a lot of tomatoes during the summer. Actually, we eat them all year round. We love those little red orbs of goodness. But, cutting cherry and/or plum tomatoes can be a tedious job when you are faced with a pile of them to cut individually. I can’t tell you how many tomatoes have rolled off my counter before I was able to cut them.
I have found a new tool that makes this sometimes tedious job very quick and simple. The Veggie Tube Cutting Guide made by Norpro. I came across this little time saver recently for less than $10.
I’ve bought many kitchen tools that are designed to save time. The majority of those tools typically end up in my kitchen drawer behind some other useless kitchen tool I don’t use. But this handy little gadget is going to be invaluable as it will be one that I use every week.
I have spent this year purging items I don’t need or use. So, in order for me to keep a kitchen tool, it has to meet 4 basic criteria.
- It is small. (It needs to be small enough to fit into a drawer. The Veggie Tube Cutting Guide does. Plus, it doesn’t have numerous pieces you have to keep up with)
- It is simple to clean (I just rinse it immediately and air dry it)
- It works!! (I know that sounds silly….but, how many kitchen tools do you buy that just don’t work? Too many!)
- It saves time! (When you can cut up to 7 cherry tomatoes at once… that is a huge time saver)
After rinsing the tomatoes, simply start loading them into the tube until it’s full. Then, using a serrated knife slice straight down. Turn it upside down over a bowl and use the white guide around the bottom of the appliance to guide the cut tomatoes out of the tube. Really, it’s just that simple!
When you empty the tube you will have a bowl of halved tomatoes. They can also be quartered by cutting again using the opposite slots before emptying them into a bowl. The lovely halved (or quartered) tomatoes can now be added to your recipe. Saving time on meal prep with simple kitchen gadgets such as this one definitely makes the finished product all the more satisfying.
There is nothing like fresh sliced tomatoes, especially when you can cut them so quickly. I use plum/cherry tomatoes cut this way quite regularly. Using this tool has made cutting them so much quicker and easier. The Veggie Tube Cutting Guide can also cut grapes, small pickles, carrots, English cucumbers, etc. Just remember, when using it, Norpro recommends using a serrated knife. I have found this tip to be very effective.
What neat kitchen tool have you picked up that you can’t live without?
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