Best fruit & vegetable tools according to redditors

We found 653 Reddit comments discussing the best fruit & vegetable tools. We ranked the 251 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Potato mashers & rices
Fruit & vegetable zesters & reamers
Fruit & vegetable corers & pitters
Grapfruit utensils
Manual juicers
Melon ballers
Fruit & vegetable cleaning brushes
Kitchen reamers

Top Reddit comments about Fruit & Vegetable Tools:

u/mcgroo · 68 pointsr/food

It's going to be nothing but milk for a bit. Then rice paste and crackers.

Then get yourself two of these and one of these and start making stuff like this.

u/javakah · 59 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

It's what I tend to do when pineapple is cheap.

Use the corer. Just be a little careful not to go so far down that you break through the bottom of the pineapple. It will pull out the rings of fruit, but there will still be the actual core in the middle of the 'cup'. I take a knife and cut it out (looks better without).

Blend the fruit (using fresh pineapple is sooooo essential for a good pina colada!). Add in and blend cream of coconut.

At this point, if you've used all of the fruit and an appropriate amount of cream of coconut, you've got quite a bit of the pineapple/coconut mix (about 4-5 pineapple cups worth once you add in rum/ice). Remove half of mix, and refrigerate for later use (second batch).

With half the mix in the blender, add rum and ice. Blend together. Pour into pineapple cup (and you will have plenty left that can go into a regular cup for another person, or you can save it to refill the pineapple cup).

Add in a straw (I very highly recommend Boba straws for this), and any decorative touches you might be inclined towards.

u/ipu42 · 48 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I bring an apple and this slicer/corer for lunch every day. I really like the 16 slice model over the more common 8 slice as I think the smaller pieces are better bite size.

u/natalieilatan · 47 pointsr/food

Not OP, but I bet it is from using a potato ricer to mash up the potatoes. E.g. My understanding is that it helps to gently break up the potatoes, as compared to a food processor, which can make the potatoes glue-y.

u/ShinyTile · 34 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

Haha yes. It still kinda works, but a LOT of people do it incorrectly. In the... Oh, few times I've ever seen a juice squeezer used by someone else, all but 1 were backwards.

EDIT: Ha, look, some of the product photos for this juicer have it backwards:

u/Mmocks · 32 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

This is the right answer. Get one of these
You'll eat way more apples this way.

Edit: fixed link

u/NoTimeForInfinity · 29 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This one.

Of the five I've owned it was worth the $20. It's lasted 2 years of continual use so far. I broke 3 of the $5 model the week before I broke down and got it.

u/Don_Rummy586 · 29 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

Here is an even better deal
But heck you might as well go all out for the complete kitchen gadgetry package. Impress all your friends

u/_JonJon_ · 28 pointsr/AskCulinary
u/Gobias_Industries · 24 pointsr/whatisthisthing
u/blatherer · 21 pointsr/shittyfoodporn

Do yourself a big favor and get one of these. I am pretty good with a knife but, over the next decade would will save your self a lot of time (father of 19 year old twins).

u/DeepMusing · 20 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

I had the same problem, and so I would rarely eat apples.

I finally bought an apple slicer, and that made all the difference. I started eating apples pretty regularly after that.

u/Weaselboy · 17 pointsr/IAmA

Protip for next time. Use a potato ricer. Makes it go much faster and the mashed potatoes are perfect every time.

PS You sound like a great mom!

u/Gatorgirl007 · 17 pointsr/AmItheAsshole

I also don’t love single-use kitchen items but I use that and my apple corer/slicer everyday.

u/kayemgi · 11 pointsr/Cooking

Have you tried a zester like this? Bigger zest pieces, but it works and there's no tapping or scraping involved.

u/morganmarz · 11 pointsr/Breadit

I used King Arthur Flour's recipe. Interestingly enough, i'm pretty sure that the photo on that page is not a kaiser roll. Here is what they typically look like.

So a couple of things here. I probably could have and should have proofed them another 15-30 minutes. They weren't quite as big as i think they should have been. I was in a bit of a rush to have them ready for dinner, though, so i just rolled with it. (please don't kill me)

I also didn't have a kaiser stamp, such as so. I used an apple slicer instead.

Also i totally meant to make the recipe at least 10% whole wheat but i totally forgot. Whoops.

EDIT: Sorry for summoning the Amazon price zombie. :(

EDIT2: TIL how to shape kaiser rolls 30 different ways

u/smpx · 11 pointsr/lifehacks

Nice tip. By the way, in case you DID want more lemon juice, I use this lemon squeezer. There's much cheaper versions starting at $5, but this happens to be the one I own.

It takes 5 seconds (cut, squeeze, dispose) and comes out in a perfectly squeezed cup. The leftover skin is practically dry to the touch and doesn't waste a drop. If you regularly deal with lemons (I really like lemon in my water), I highly recommend it.

u/smp208 · 11 pointsr/INEEEEDIT

I normally agree but there are a couple that save a lot of time and that I use often enough that they're worth the drawer space. That includes citrus juicers and the avocado tool that was briefly shown in the video.

u/chjmor · 10 pointsr/cocktails

You use a citrus zester:

Score the skin all fancy and cut into wedges.

u/ceelogreenispeople · 10 pointsr/cocktails

I love this guy

u/Kduggan281 · 9 pointsr/cocktails

I swear by this one:

Much more reliable than the simple hinge-pin design ones.

u/VillainInc · 8 pointsr/keto

Someone started a kickstarter to sell me a lemon zester for my butter?!

No thanks. :)

u/CityBarman · 7 pointsr/cocktails

It depends on your juicing volume. We use a Sunkist J1 Commercial Electric Juicer but we juice a lot; 4 bars, dining room, 3 meals/day in a hotel. The Breville CPXL is an alternative for 1/3rd the cost; though I don't have any first-hand knowledge as to longevity. If you're squeezing grapefruits and oranges, you'll want a manual press at the very least. The Hamilton Beach 932 is the industry standard but other much less expensive options exist. The 932 is faster and easier to use but may wear out faster due to its gearsets, requiring replacement parts. Considering the minimal cost, it is imperative that you keep a hand press or two around in case your primary juicer commits harakiri. Norpro and Amco both make excellent units. For less than the cost of the Norpro, you can get both Amco's orange and lemon/lime presses.

We juice daily. We also have a centrifugal juicer for pineapple and other harder fruits/vegetables. We mix 1 part fresh pineapple juice with 3 parts canned, unsweetened, not-from-concentrate pineapple juice. Except for the fancy bars primarily, few have switched to fresh pineapple juice. The good canned stuff is generally perfectly fine.

~Good luck!

u/redditmakesyoudumb · 7 pointsr/cocktails

That's your problem. For cocktails, you want a juice press. You want to crush the fruit, not liquefy it.

Edit: something like this or this. All the extra fibrous junk the blender style juicers create ruins the juice for cocktails.

u/stormstatic · 7 pointsr/cocktails

If you want them to taste good, it's a bad idea. If you want them to taste bad, it's fine.

If you were to use the Jeffrey Morgenthaler (aka /u/le_cigare_volant) batched margarita recipe, you'd need 5 cups / 40 ounces of lime juice, which is around 40 limes. If you cut them all in half before you start juicing, it's really not too much of a pain in the ass to juice them, assuming you've got a hand press juicer or something. If you're doing it totally by hand, it's sort of a pain in the ass but still worth it.

u/liberandco · 7 pointsr/cocktails

We have the one from Cocktail Kingdom. Functionally it's very good, but because it's aluminum, I think there are better options out there. This Norpro is the best I've used. It can handle larger lemons than the CK one, and is only a few dollars more expensive.

u/Emilbjorn · 7 pointsr/cocktails

I would never go for a manhattan shaker. They are notorious for locking up, as soon as there's a bit of liquid in the cracks (unless you buy really expensive japanese ones). They are also harder to clean than the simple two cups of a boston shaker, and the extra strainer isn't really hard to use.

I haven't used a parisian shaker, but that seems like it could do fine, but might lock up on you.

My own kit is made of a lot of individual stuff. Some from amazon, some from local shop, and some from china. If you want, I can do a writeup of where i got it, but since it's from china, it will take a month before you will receive the goods. However, the guys behind recently launched their quality bar tools line. They have a complete set of tools, which all seem to be of great quality. They have only gotten 5-star reviews so far: It's $63 for the complete set.

Or you can just buy their boston shaker for $20, and this excellent strainer from OxO ($7), along with this measuring cup ($5)

Then you have a pretty good starter set. A fine strainer can be bought in most dollar stores locally for next to nothing, or you can find one on amazon. They are pretty much all the same, but it isn't really required if you're just starting out. I also have a bar spoon, a mixing glass and a muddler, but to be honest, I rarely use them. If you need to muddle something, use a wooden spoon or something. If you decide you really need one, look for one which is at least 6 inches long, to avoid bashing your knuckles on the edges of the shaker, or google "morgenthaler homemade muddler".

Hope your GF will be happy with your gift!

EDIT: Missed the part about you being from UK. Here's an updated list. I'll let the other one be for any americans who might wander through here.

u/adg1034 · 7 pointsr/cocktails

This. The Lemon one is bigger than the Lime one. They make an Orange one, too, but I've never had issues with the Lemon size:

u/brokencig · 7 pointsr/funny

I wasn't born in America and I often saw fresh squeezed OJ being in every TV breakfast ever. One day I decided to try it since it must be way better than store bought OJ. I bought one of those OJ squeezers like this. After 6 oranges I had almost a full glass of OJ. Fuck all that work.

u/Blovnt · 7 pointsr/specializedtools

Canned pineapple?

No more.

Get yourself one of these pineapple cutting tools

You can spiral cut an entire pineapple, start to finish, in about two minutes. You'll never eat canned again.

u/ophelia917 · 7 pointsr/Cooking

Use an apple slicer. I like the 16 slice one (I have braces...the thinner pieces are better..probably good for a 2 yr old too!!) like this: (non-affiliate link)

When you take the apple out of the corer, reassemble it and snap a rubber band around it so none of the cut areas are exposed.

u/tootsie404 · 6 pointsr/Cooking

I have an OXO masher that has served well over the years. The metal is about 1/4 inch Guage stainless. Very tough. Can't bend it if you tried.

Edit: almost all OXO products have plastic handles. Not sure of you meant handle or masher materiel.

u/mish_the_fish · 6 pointsr/cocktails

It's just experience and practice. The only equipment you might want is a channel knife—it's basically a little V shaped blade that lets you cut spirals out of a citrus peel. The easiest ones to use are where the cutting direction is parallel to the handle (like rather than perpendicular (like

Then just buy, like, a dozen lemons and start cutting twists. It takes some practice and a steady hand. If you want to make really nice spirals, you can then wrap the twists around a barspoon or any other stick (even a straw). You can find videos online if you need help.

I personally don't usually do twists, I usually just cut a thin swath of rind. I like this because you can express the oils from it in a very controlled way, and I think a swath of orange or lemon peel looks really nice in a drink (like instead of like

u/high_school_2_words · 6 pointsr/food

As you probably read elsewhere, the potatoes are cooked (peeled and boiled or baked whole with the meat scooped out of the peels) then riced, which just means putting them through a ricer, which is a very inexpensive press that works in the same way as a garlic press. Like this:

You can get a cheaper one at a grocery store.

u/murphy38 · 6 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Let's do it in the kitchen!

One of these bad boys for easily just slicing and coring your apples in one move. Simple, elegant, effective.

It's what you want in a kitchen gadget

u/srideout · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have one of these and while I haven't had it for too long, I really can't imagine it breaking. Really solid.

u/TheMoneyOfArt · 6 pointsr/cocktails

none of it's as good as fresh squeezed lime juice. Are you juicing with just your hands? Everytime someone has told me juicing is too much work, they aren't using one of these styles of juicers. Those are great. They make juicing easy.

u/RootsVerdes · 6 pointsr/Cooking

We grill pineapple a lot in the summer and this thing has been indispensable. Pretty easy to store too. And ridiculously cheap. Plus you can use the cored pineapple for a nice tropical drink!

u/ribo · 6 pointsr/gifs

amazon knockoff/clone and astroturfing review game is strong on this thing.

I went with the OXO one:

u/prixdc · 5 pointsr/cocktails

Specifically, this one. I have a pint glass full of channel knives that suck. This one produces a very solid twist. Perfect depth.

u/mechjen · 5 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Potato ricer! How are all you heathens making decent mashed potatoes without one?? Mashing like barbarians? Heaven forbid a food mill? Go buy one of these now, and then all YOUR relatives can insist you bring it to make the potatoes at every family holiday dinner.

I can vouch for this model.

However after looking at above comments OP’s is probably for juice. Buy a ricer anyway though.

u/crbn_kllr · 5 pointsr/AskNYC

Head of iceberg on sale: $.99

Head of red cabbage: ~$2.50

3 Carrots to shred: $.50

Total cost: $3.99 for salad for dayzzzz

Salad spinners are for the same people who buy mango splitters and strawberry hullers. Get some paper towel if you need dry lettuce.

u/chowderneck · 5 pointsr/DIY

Uh I think it's like a food mill. something like this
As far as measurments, the only thing you really need to be careful of is the vinegar at the end. You don't want to add to much and ruin the flavor. But even that I only added, then tasted, kinda thing

u/owensjs · 5 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

IMO, a better option than buying pre-sliced apples is to buy whatever apples happen to be on sale and buying an apple slicing tool like this one:

Where I live, sliced apples tend to be more expensive than a whole apple.

u/aftertheswimmingpool · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

In addition to everything that people have said about effective storing, you could also invest in an apple slicer for really quick, consistent, minimal effort chopping.

u/dj_destroyer · 5 pointsr/bartenders

Buy this and 30 limes. Juicing should take only about 10 minutes if you get into a good rhythm and 30 should give you just enough for 70cl.

u/MrGreggle · 5 pointsr/cocktails

Does he have a good shaker though? If he doesn't have a Koriko Shaker set he's missing out. You can even get like a gold/copper/black one so it stands out. They're almost roo good at creating a seal.

A lot of cocktail enthusiasts never spring for a Chef'n juicer either but they're incredible. You generally don't need the orange-sized one and you can put limes in the lemon-sized one so that one is great:

Green or Yellow Chartreuse both cost like $50-$60 for a bottle but are absolutely required for a lot of great cocktails. There's no substitutes.

u/Cyno01 · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

Im a cook, when i was in culinary school, my in laws one year for christmas got me a bunch of random kitchen gadgets (and a really nice cutting board). Among them was a strawberry huller that i never thought id use, but it turns out it actually works really well.

And its great for tomatoes too, cherry tomatoes to be stuffed for hors doeuvres, or just the stem end of romas or globes before dicing/slicing. Yes you can do it with a pairing knife, but the gadget is quicker when youre doing a ton, same amount of things to wash.

u/dontakelife4granted · 5 pointsr/Cooking
u/jokerswild_ · 4 pointsr/slowcooking

I use a potato masher. Works great too. Just twist the handle as you mash and it shreds nicely.
something like this:

u/rch2101 · 4 pointsr/splatoon

Thanks... you take care as well!

All right, you asked for it. But be warned, I'm a real stickler on my cocktail recipes. If you can't manage the recipe below before the weekend, just have a Vodka martini for me, VERY cold, heavy on the Dry Vermouth and 2 olives! If you can't mange that... just turn up whatever bottle you have, belch loudly, and yell, "MAN, FUCK THIS FUCKING SHIT... THAT'S JUST NOT POSSIBLE" at the next player who splats you.

Double Bourbon Old Fashioned, Martini Style, Extra Sweet

2 Shots (100mL) Cheap Bourbon

2 Tablespoons (30mL) Simple Syrup

4 Dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters (Do NOT get the Angostura Orange Bitters accidentally... it's terrible)

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill to top with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into a frozen Martini glass. Garnish with a (proper) lemon twist, a maraschino cherry, and a drizzle of cherry juice on top.

Extra notes:

Cheap Bourbon Preference: Benchmark or Evan Williams - Evan has slightly more bite which I like, but Benchmark is quite good for the price. Less than $20 for a 1.75L

Simple Syrup Recipe: 50/50 ratio - Measure equal parts sugar and water into a Pyrex measuring cup. I actually use a "Dry" measuring cup to get exact measurements of the the sugar AND water into the Pyrex for consistency. Bring to boil in microwave. Stir, cool, store and keep.

No need to bother with the expensive, fancy bitters. Can't go wrong with this old staple! Angostura Aromatic is honestly my favorite and it's also the most common.
(Side note: I do also very much like Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6. It's not too sickly/disgustingly sweet like the Angostura Orange variety, and it's a little bit peppery - so, yum)

Proper lemon twist: Run a channel knive all the way around the lemon once. Pull/twist gently on the resulting lemon peel to release some of that citrus oil on the skin. Wrap the peel around your finger or a spoon handle or something to create the curly-Q.
This is my lemon zester. The channel knife works VERY well at channeling off a lemon twist.

u/all_equal_parts · 4 pointsr/cocktails

I have this one:

It's great for juicing a bunch of lemons or limes. I'd be surprised if it leaves much in terms of juice in the fruit after a good squeeze. Where it falls short is juicing just a single lime or lemon. The hole pattern the juice comes out of at the bottom is just slightly wider than my jigger... so it's either lose some juice and make a mess or dirty another intermediate container. I have been seriously considering purchasing another..

u/AKV3chny · 4 pointsr/trees

All right here goes. I adapted the oil recipe from an old post on /r/treedibles by a guy who claimed to be a biochemistry student. I had it saved but it looks like it may have been deleted because I can't find it anymore.



  • Coconut oil: You can look around on the internet for reasons that coconut oil is preferred, but basically it comes down to it being almost 100% saturated fat, which is the best for cannabinoid absorption.
  • Cannabis: You can really use whatever form you want. The batch I had the best success with was 1oz of trim/shake and ~1/4oz of AVB. I like trim and shake because it's cheaper and it came pre-ground, so it meant less grinding for me. Note that this was before the closing of SR, so whatever you can get will work just as well. Also, keep in mind that trim/shake and AVB aren't nearly as potent as nugs. If you're using whole nugs, you'll have to break them up or grind them before you start.

    I used just enough coconut oil to cover the AVB/trim mixture, with about 1/2cm extra oil on top. If I remember correctly it came out to somewhere between 1.25-1.5 cups. My suggestion is to add just enough to cover your cannabis, then round up to the easiest fraction for baking (i.e. if you add a little less than a full cup of oil, add the rest of the cup so it's easier to make the brownies.)

  • Optional-Soy lecithin: Soy lecithin is an emulsifier that improves both the extraction process and your bodies absorption after consumption. Not totally necessary. I've never made it without it, but supposedly it makes a marked difference in potency. I've seen some sources claiming soy lecithin may have adverse effects on heart health; if you're really concerned, do some research and make the decision for yourself.


  • Coffee grinder and a small brush: You want to get the decarboxylated cannabis as finely ground as possible. The coffee grinder is perfect because it'll get it really nice and fine, and you can use the small brush to get all the stuff left behind. I had a friend try to use a food processor because he was doing a big batch, and although it got it pretty fine it was a bitch and a half to get all the stuff left behind.
  • Crock pot: Crock pots will give you low, consistent heat, which is what you want. If you don't have a crock pot, you can use an oven set at 200°F. Note that consumer ovens can be inconsistent temperature-wise, so I recommend the crock pot. Plus, crock pot food is fucking amazing, so it's a win-win.
  • Oven/freezer safe dish: I used a souffle dish, but you can also use an egg dish. Theoretically you can just put the oil straight into the crock pot, but I wouldn't advise that unless you are making some serious bulk. It'd be a pain to get all of the oil out of there every time you have to freeze it and at the end.
  • Sheet pan and aluminum foil: This is for decarboxylation. There are about as many different methods for this as there are strains of cannabis, so if you have a method you prefer that you have had success with, you can try that if you wish. In any case, decarboxylation can produce quite the aroma. Sometimes you can just cover it up with an air freshener/smoke eliminator spray or by cooking another especially aromatic food at the same time (like sauerkraut). Some people have had success in containing the smell by placing the cannabis in a lightly sealed mason jar when you bake it. I've done this once before when making a tincture, but I was doing it with a very small amount (~1/8th) of cannabis, and I can't really attest to its effectiveness.

    1. Decarboxylation

    Note: If you're using AVB, you can skip this step. The vaping process took care of it for you, albeit at a loss of potency.

    A lot of people don't decarb before making oil, thinking that the heat from cooking the oil will accomplish the same thing, but that is not the case. When you are decarboxylating, you are converting THCa to THC. THCa is found in much larger portions in raw cannabis, and is far less psychoactive than THC. That's why eating straight nugs won't accomplish anything unless you eat a huge amount. When you decarb, you are converting the carboxyl (COOH) group on THCa into carbon dioxide and water, which are released into the air. That's why sometimes you'll see decarbing referred to as "drying," although that's not quite accurate. Carboxyl groups are released at a much lower rate in the oil, so you won't get the most out of your oil unless you decarboxylate beforehand.

    First, preheat the oven to 225°F. If you're using whole nugs, either break them into smaller pieces or grind them in your grinder. Spread the cannabis evenly in your oven-safe dish, cover it with foil, and put it on the sheet pan for ease of removal. Put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool for ten minutes or so.

    2. Grinding
    Take your time with this step. The finer the consistency, the more effectively the THC will be absorbed by the oil. Be prepared, there will be powder in every nook and cranny in your coffee grinder. Take your time and get all of that powder out with the brush. There's no reason to waste cannabis because you're too lazy to get it all out. My ground cannabis was kind of clumpy, but the clumps will dissolve when you put it in the oil.

    3. Adding the Oil
    After getting the powder into your oven-safe dish, it's time to add the oil. As I said before, you just have to add enough oil to cover all of the powder with at least 1/2 cm extra. If you want to add a lot more, that's fine, you'll have to eat more of the finished product. If you're using the lecithin, the ratio is about 3/4 tsp lecithin for every 1 tbsp of oil (1 cup=16 tbsp).

    4. Cooking
    Now comes the long part. Put the dish in your crockpot on low (or the oven) for 3 hours. Keep in mind that crockpots and ovens take a little while to get up to temperature, so I recommend you turn them on while you're grinding. Keep the lid on your crock pot or, if you're using the oven, keep the door closed the whole time. Every time you open the lid/door you're letting heat escape and cooling down your oil, which will affect the efficiency of the extraction.

    After the 3 hours is up, take your dish out and let it cool for 30 minutes or so. Wrap/cover in foil, then put it in the freezer for 2+ hours (I did it overnight just for convenience). The foil isn't entirely necessary, but it helps if you spill any to keep you from losing it.

    Not many recipes include freezing. I'll try to explain what it does based on what I can remember from the other guy's explanation.

    Picture the cannabis plant cells in the oil. Inside of these cells are all the cannabinoids that we want. When you freeze the oil, the liquid inside the cells forms crystals that pierce the cell walls and release the cannabinoids into the oil, further increasing the potency of your final product.

    After your 2+ hours are up, take the oil out of the freezer and let it reach room temperature. I remember the recipe said it would take around 15 minutes, but I found it took a little longer. If you want, you can put it in the crock pot before you turn it on and let them both come to temperature at the same time, after roughly 25-30 minutes.

    Cook the oil in the crock pot another 3 hours, starting the countdown after the oil has liquified again. The recipe ended here, but I found that my oil didn't quite look as dark as promised. If you want, you can do what I did and repeat the freezing/cooking process 1-2 more times. It can't hurt. When it's done, it should be black. Like blaaaack. Like you just struck oil in your kitchen. I'll update with a picture of mine once I get on my phone again.

    5. Straining
    This is the bitch part. I still haven't found a method anywhere that works as well as promised. I usually just use coffee filters and strain it into an old mason jar or salsa jar. Unfortunately if you just wait for all of the oil to strain out you'll either be waiting for a long time or leaving oil behind in the plant matter. One thing I tried that worked pretty well was using one of those lime/lemon juicers (like this) and putting the balled up filter inside. Whatever way you do it, just try and get as much out as possible.

    And that's it for the oil recipe. Now, for the brownie recipe, I used this. They were ridiculously delicious. I used a slightly different baking pan, but it came out to about 2 batches from the recipe. With the 1 oz of shake/trim + the ~1/4 oz of AVB, it takes maybe a 1.5"x1.5" piece to get me to a good spot. They are poooootent. I actually kind of wish they were less potent because the brownies taste so good.

    And that's it. Let me know if you have any questions or if I missed anything (which is very likely.)
u/scottjl · 4 pointsr/pics

Do yourself a big favor, get a strawberry huller. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Really.

u/kajitox · 4 pointsr/Austin

Truly not trying to be snarky, here, it just sounds like you might be using one of those annoying glass juicer bowl things or doing it without a tool. In that case, I totally understand; trying to get enough juice for lemonade or something would be obnoxious. But have you tried one of these:

It makes juicing a ton of citrus super easy, which is why you see them all the time at bars. I feel like I’ve read that citrus juice oxidizes quickly and changes flavor, so this might be good way to get better juice faster.

u/bendvis · 3 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

Tire iron: A tool that separates the rubber from or fits the rubber onto the rim. Not to be confused with a lug wrench, which actually turns the lug bolts or lug nuts.

If you decided to use a screwdriver, the tire iron would also be redundant. The iron will, however, do the same job in less time with less effort.

Do you use a whisk or fork to mash potatoes? Because you could save a ton of time by using a potato masher. What about using any form of teapot? Coffee maker? Toaster oven? Microwave?

All these things are 'redundant', but that doesn't mean they're "not worth it".

u/PharisaicalJesus · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/random_123 · 3 pointsr/recipes

I agree. This is probably the best recipe for "non-adventurous" aka "picky" people.

Although I prefer a potato masher as I like them somewhat lumpy.

Potato Masher -

u/bitcheslovebanjos · 3 pointsr/cocktails

A list of stater ingredients I used
star anise
orris root
cinnamon sticks

Dried cherries, blackberries, blueberries, mango, currents

Rasins (really helps get a closer angostura flavor for aromatic bitters)

Orange, lemon, limes, grapefruit. Peel these (I use the oxo zester) place them on a cookie sheet for 15-30 min in the oven at 200 degrees until dried.

u/laineycomplainey · 3 pointsr/DIY

A potato ricer forces the cooked potato through a seive. Makes incredibly light & fluffy potatoes and will make your gnocchi an 11!

u/weinerjuicer · 3 pointsr/nyc

nope, but i have one of these

u/Tinfoilhartypat · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

Get yourself a citrus squeezer!

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/BarBattlestations

A citrus juicer was one of the best purchases I made.

u/hatheaded · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Get a lemon squeezer like this one. They are fast to use, clean up easily, extract about as much of the juice as can be, and --- no seeds. All you do is cut the lemon in half lengthwise, pop a half in, squeeze, out comes the juice but no seeds, open the squeezer over a food waste bin, and you're done. I've watched fast cooks do a half every second or two.

u/her_nibs · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I have a tonne of joint pain and totally understand where she's coming from. Do NOT get a "slap chop" or anything else that relies on user strength to press things down, yikes... However, checking that her knives are super-sharp is a great place to start. I know there's a lot of disapproval among gourmands for them, but an electric sharpener might be a good investment here.

Scissors can be pressed into a lot of service in the kitchen and can be easier than knives -- sometimes I'll throw something-or-other into a pot whole, let it simmer and soften, and then chop it with scissors.

Food processors with slicing and shredding attachments are great, and this T-Fal Fresh Express Electric Food Slicer & Grater is simple to operate and gets pretty good reviews.

I have a boyfriend, and assorted manual kinds of jar lid removers, but the must-have for when the BF isn't around and the manual aids aren't cutting it is a Black and Decker "Lids Off" machine. It doesn't work for a very limited number of lids -- juices and most things in kinda juice-like bottles like passata -- but for 95% of jars it gets the thing right off with zero effort on the user's part. A nice electric can opener is a help too.

I have a mandoline and I love it, but, with joint problems, a food processor (they slice and grate, but dicing requires a $1k+ commercial machine -- some French fry cutters are well-engineered and don't require much pressure to get the veg through and then you can dice from there, though) is going to be the better purchase for most items. It's also really easy to injure yourself badly with one -- if she wants one, I'd suggest a pair of Kevlar gloves to go with it if she is anywhere near the 'getting forgetful' stage and might be sloppy about using the guard.

Your mention of tomato harvests makes me think of food mills...?

u/Aloof_pooch · 3 pointsr/Wishlist

This is the one I have. It is pretty nice.

u/RobAtSGH · 3 pointsr/Cooking

> is a food mill the same as a meat grinder?

No, it's more of a hand-cranked potato ricer on steroids.

u/kisuka · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Cooking is all about experimenting. Give it a try :p mills don't cost that much and they're useful for other things too (like homemade apple sauce):

u/withbellson · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Ricer. I have this one, it's held up for almost 7 years. It's also indispensible for deviled eggs.

u/mookiemookie · 3 pointsr/food

>one of those potato mashing devices that you put the potatoes into and push the potatoes through the holes (forget the name).

A potato ricer.

u/agaponka · 3 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I got one of these and it changed my apple slicing game forever :

u/sunflowerfly · 3 pointsr/recipes

We attended an event where participants were using old technology to perform everyday tasks. One area was dedicated to cooking. They were cooking Apple Butter over an open fire in big copper pots. One of the benefits they stated was the ease of processing a lot of apples fast. From memory (likely slightly off):

  • Rough chop entire whole apple. They used a slicer corer that does this in one motion. like this one
  • Boil the rough chop seeds and all. They said the core contained natural pectin.
  • Once soft, run through a sieve. They had a cone shaped sieve with a wooden tool to push the soft apples through the holes. Found one!
  • Boil for like 8 hours.
  • Eat or store.
u/thebigbluebug · 3 pointsr/cocktails

Get this juicer, which is probably the most effective for small-batch juicing available. It's quick, easy to clean, and has very little loss.

As others have said, citrus juice does deteriorate quickly, usually within 30 minutes to an hour. However, whole citrus (lemons and limes and sometimes oranges; I don't usually deal with whole grapefruit) does keep for a long time in the fridge. Get a bag, toss it in the fridge, toss out any that mold or rot ASAP, and use as needed. For context, I just finished off a 5# bag of limes I got two months ago at Costco and had to throw out maybe one.

u/murder508 · 3 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

very nice. do you have one of these ? so worth the money :)

u/Anonymous999 · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips
u/drocks27 · 3 pointsr/GifRecipes

You can do it yourself or you can buy canned pineapple slices

u/Ceadol · 3 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

Seriously. I can have an entire pineapple cored and sliced in to rings by the time he gets the top off of his, for a fraction of the cost. This is the most worthless product I've seen here.

Edit: I just saw the Tactical Short Shorts. I stand corrected. This is tied for the most worthless product I've seen on this sub.

u/Blackstaff · 3 pointsr/cocktails

I have this one I found on Amazon, and so far, so good. It's well reviewed. I like it.

u/weluckyfew · 3 pointsr/cocktails

Easiest answer is flavored vodka. A lemon vodka or orange vodka with lemon-lime soda.

If you like ginger a good ginger beer is a great mixer (ginger beer is non-alcoholic. It's like ginger ale except the ginger flavor is much stronger)

Get something like this -

you can get a cheaper one at Target or Wal Mart, but the extra couple dollars makes a difference, this one is very easy to use. You might be surprised by what a difference a little squeeze of fresh lemon or lime makes to a simple drink (i.e. adding a little fresh lemon to a simple vodka-sprite)

Instead of ice, drop some frozen fruit into a drink. Keeps the drink cold, flavors it, and when you're done you have some boozy fruit to enjoy (I love using frozen pineapple)

Stay open to new flavors, even when you tried it before and didn't like it. Things like whiskey take a little getting used to, but as you develop your palate you learn to enjoy it. That's why most beginners stick with vodka (flavorless) but people who learn to appreciate liquor as a culinary experience move past vodka. I used to only drink vodka - now, I haven't purchased a bottle in a few years. I can get more creative with whiskey, tequila, gin - vodka is the vanilla of liquor.

u/PuckDaFackers · 3 pointsr/cocktails

I can't speak for the OXO squeezer as I've not used it but I have this one and love it:

Extremely well make, heavy duty, my only complaint is the rubber grips fall off easily but I ended up just taking them off entirely and it's fine. Whatever you do just don't skimp on it, it's worth the extra 10 bucks to get something that's quality.

If you want something for stirred cocktails but don't want to spend $40 on one of those ballin mixing glasses, I use a pyrex beaker and it works just fine. I think mine is 500ml.

u/tishpickle · 3 pointsr/cocktails

You really don't need that much equipment to use fresh juices. I do cocktails at parties and all you need is a cutting board, a small knife and this guy

u/MaltyMugwump · 3 pointsr/cocktails

Not sure if it’s the best, but I use this.

u/TwistedEnigma · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


this potato masher.

How is a potato masher tied to fraud, because im going to mash cauliflour with it not potatoes! this potato masher is really a CAULIFLOUR Masher in disguise and I am disgusted by its blatant fraudulent activities!!!!

u/emk2203 · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

The less you mash, the better. Never use a mixer. I recommend this potato masher.

u/dewprisms · 2 pointsr/slowcooking

Using a potato masher works pretty nicely, too!

u/MaggieMae68 · 2 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

Sounds like you're way overthinking and over complicating this.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the simplest, easiest ever. Find a starchy potato. I like russets for my mashed, but Idahoes and Yukon golds will work, too.

  • Peel them, dice them, boil them (in water or in stock) until JUST fork tender.
  • Drain them.
  • Don't use a mixer - you're not trying to whip them into submission. Get yourself a basic potato masher (like this one: and mash.
  • Add melted butter (maybe 1/2 or 1 stick) and milk, slowly, as you mash.
  • Keep testing the consistency and stop adding milk when your potatoes are just creamy and starting to hold together.
  • Add a little salt and pepper and serve.

    As you get more comfortable with making them and learning what the consistency should look like, then you can try adding cream or sour cream or cheeses (I like to add cream cheese sometimes) for additional richness and creaminess. But it's really easy to go overboard there. Keep in mind that the point of mashed potatoes is POTATOES. It's not about trying to add as many ingredients as you can. It's about making the potatoes shine.



    Gravy is a little trickier but really not hard. It mostly requires practice.

  • Make a roux. This means take equal parts fat (butter or drippings) and flour and cook them over medium heat, stirring. The longer you cook, the darker the flour will get. For a basic gravy, you don't need to cook very long. Just enough to get the "raw" flavor out of the flour. Let it get a lovely pale brown.
  • While whisking your roux, start adding the liquid of your choice. For Thanksgiving gravies, this is likely going to be chicken or turkey stock. (Adding milk will make a cream gravy). Make sure the liquid is at least room temperature or even better, heat it up a little so it's warm. Warm liquid will help keep the gravy from chunking up.
  • Whisk like mad as you add liquid and when the gravy reaches the desired consistency, stop adding liquid. (This takes a bit of practice to learn how thick you like your gravy and when to stop adding/whisking. You can always add more liquid to make a thinner gravy, so err on the side of caution here.)
  • If your gravy is lumpy, don't stress. Just pour it through a mesh strainer and use the back of a spoon to press out the lumps. Throw them away and serve perfectly smooth gravy.

    As a basic rule, gravy proportions are this: 2 T fat (butter, drippings, oil, bacon grease), 2 T flour, 1 cup liquid. Scale up for more gravy. Add more liquid if you want a thinner gravy, less liquid if you want thicker gravy. As you make gravy more often you'll learn how it works best for you and be able to eyeball it better.

    The absolute key is to COOK THE FLOUR IN THE FAT FIRST. Too many people add the flour into the stock later and then you get that raw flour taste in the back of your throat. Ick.
u/dogs_and_dogs · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love me some lemons. If you like some lemonades, or even lemon granita, this would be PERFECT.
ZOMG We Need this!

u/fennekeg · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I've heard of people using a zester with good results, but haven't tried it myself

u/i_cant_mathematics · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Definitely go Organic. Can't stress it enough. Oranges have a texture that really holds on to pesticides and other chemicals.

For zesting, get yourself one of these.

Edit: Also, Valencia oranges are my favorite for sweet orange peel. You can use just about any of the other regular varieties for bitter.

u/Arachnidiot · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I use this one by Oxo. The handles are comfortable to use. I previously had one with handles that would cut into my hand when using it, so I switched to the Oxo.

u/pnmartini · 2 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

its what they want you to believe

u/Delteron · 2 pointsr/food

Personally I use a Potato Ricer I just find that much less messy and effective than trying to squeeze them with a towel.

u/butternut718 · 2 pointsr/treedibles

if you are pre-straining with cheesecloth, and you already have your cannabis wrapped up nicely, just drop the bundle into a potato ricer. it acts like a citrus juicer or a garlic press & just squeezes the dickens out of what you drop in there. you get way more butter/oil than if you just squeezed it by hand, or pressed it through a strainer. and you also, make less of a mess of yourself in the process.

u/red498cp_ · 2 pointsr/AskFictizens

Alex: I don't know. But she used a potato ricer, which made it pretty smooth.

John: Indeed. When it comes to non-lumpy mashed potato, a potato ricer is your friend. Lumpy mashed potato is enough to make me vomit.

u/ogg25 · 2 pointsr/vancouver

A Citrus press for around $320 at the time. Use it mostly for making cocktails, but fresh squeezed lemonade is also great. It works pretty well but I wish the build quality was a bit higher for the price, and when you just want one limes worth of juice it is a hassle to clean the whole thing.

It's this one on

Oh and video games, Have over 400 games on Steam now(lots gathered through bundles) but for the time playing I think it is justified. If you include everything from Early consoles to now it gets out of hand.

u/dagurb · 2 pointsr/cocktails

I'll add a mexican elbow to the must haves. Also, the guy apparently likes Old Fashioneds, a stirred cocktail, so I'll add a mixing glass as well. That also puts a bar spoon in the must haves. :)

Edit: You'll need a julep strainer for the mixing glass.

u/Mcbuttums · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I like this one... this is a good one!

My most recent:

I was making dinner and needed to mince some garlic so I get out my garlic press , plop the garlic in, and squeeze.... only to realize that it was indeed NOT a garlic press and in face a lemon juicer. So I mistook one of these for one of these. Yeah, I felt dumb.

u/mamallama · 2 pointsr/Wishlist
u/clavicon · 2 pointsr/gifs
u/variaas · 2 pointsr/Pizza

That's how I started and then eventually upgraded to the Oxo Food Mill.

u/iwasntmeoverthere · 2 pointsr/Paleo

You can easily do a pot roast in a 5 1/2 qt saucepan such as this one. Rub your meat down with salt/pepper or something like Montreal Steal Seasoning. Put a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil into your saucepan and sear the roast.

Once the roast is seared, you can shove some veggies of your choice into the pan pour in about 1/2 of a cup of a hearty red wine and some beef bone broth and allow to simmer until it is cooked through. I use the following spices: thyme, bay leaf, oregano, rosemary, and occasionally sage, or a combination thereof depending on what is in my garden. I always cook meats by temperature. I have also been known to throw in a couple of pieces of bacon or sausage to impart their fat and flavor. The veggies that I use are: onions, carrots, parsnips, turnips, and celery root (celeriac).

You can use the same ingredients in the slowcooker. Put the veggies into the slow cooker before the meat. After the meat is seared place it on top of the veggies, put the spices on the meat, and pour in your liquids. If you are using onions, keep in mind that they impart A LOT of water to a slow cooked meal and you may want to reduce the red wine and bone broth. The liquid should only come up an inch of the meat.

Searing your meats does nothing for keeping moisture in the meat, it is for flavor. And it is a lovely flavor.

The roast that you didn't sear was tough and dry either because there was too little liquid in the slow cooker, or it cooked for too long. The roast that wouldn't shred wasn't done cooking in the slow cooker, or didn't have enough liquid to cook in. The slow cooker was designed to trap the moisture of whatever is being cooked and use that moisture to continually baste the meat. I always try to go for the low setting with mine, and to use the appropriate bowl (I have this one. It has three bowl sizes. To optimize the functioning of the slow cooker the bowl should be 3/4 of the way full.

With a roast, I will also turn the liquid into a gravy by reduction. Strain the liquid with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth, put the liquid into a large pan with a big opening at the top, such as the 5 1/2 qt pan that I linked at the top, and boil the hell out of it. The larger surface area of the pan allows for more water to evaporate more quickly. You can also thicken with arrowroot powder, but the gravy will break down quickly and turn runny.

Let me know if you have any other questions or need more information!

edit: I forgot that I also make a gravy with the liquids from the slow cooker and the veggies. I use this to turn the veggies into a thick, flavorful liquid and then bled it with the juices. While I'm doing all of the veggie squishing and blending, I'm roasting veggies in the oven, sauteing, or making a gargantuan salad.

u/rboymtj · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

Oxo Good Grips Food Mill.

I got one as a wedding gift and it does what it's supposed to. Not bad at $50.

u/ahecht · 2 pointsr/Cooking

> Stainless Spatula (slotted or unslotted)

I like a slotted metal-core silicone spatula for frying in my non-stick pans, and a very thin solid metal spatula for scraping my cast-iron (something like this).

> Silicone spatula

Yes, preferably a regular size one and mini one for getting into narrow jars.

> Silicone spoonula

Yes, see above.

> Stainless spoon 5. Slotted stainless spoon

I prefer plastic and wood, since they're non-stick safe, unless they're polished ones to use for serving.

> Ladle

Yes, preferably plastic

> Wisk

Yes, both a high-density balloon whisk and a silicone-coated one for nonstick pans.

> Tongs (should they be silicone or stainless? do you use these in your nonstick pans?)

Both. Stainless are easier to use, but I always keep a silicone one around for my non-stick pans.

> Peeler/juliene peeler

I'd say no on a peeler. I've found the best approach is to buy cheap ones and toss them when they get dull. Nothing is more dangerous that a dull peeler that you don't want to part with because it matches a set. I personally use the Kuhn Rikon ones that are 3/$10.

I have a julienne peeler, but it's more trouble than it's worth, and I wouldn't recommend it. If you're doing small quantities it's almost as fast to use a knife, and if you're doing large quantities just get a spiralizer.

> Draining spoon (for pasta)

Yes for slotted spoon, but no need for the "pasta spoons" with the tines for grabbing spaghetti. You're much better off just draining your pasta in a colander.

> Potato masher

I've never used mine. I use my RSVP Potato Ricer instead.

> Measuring cups

Yes, preferably metal dry measuring cups and a Pyrex wet measuring cup. For dry measuring, I like the stainless ones with short sturdy handles (such as the KitchenMade ones). Even though the handles are a bit short, they're incredibly sturdy and won't bend or break, and the handles are short enough that they won't cause the cup to tip. For wet measuring, go with the original-style glass ones, and skip the ones with the inaccurate angled measuring surface.

> Measuring spoons

Yes, again preferably stainless and with the little hooks on the end of the handle so you can lay them down flat on a counter (like the Cuisipro ones have).

u/irreleventuality · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

This is what I use. Perfect texture every time.

u/AngelicBabyGirl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Eating a bowl of cookie dough and watching K dramas are the best way to relax! XD

Get me out of here!

u/s2xtreme4u · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I cant live without my apple slicer

every morning I make smoothies and this thing is a time/mess saver!

Let's do it in the kitchen.

u/PositivePostman · 2 pointsr/USPS
u/rewlor · 2 pointsr/gaybros

I make a lot of margarita's... one thing that I find really annoying is when people do not have a decent citrus juicer.

Made margs at my cousin's house during my hurrication last week, and it was so bad that I actually returned home, collected my juicer, and then went back to their house.

u/MsMargo · 2 pointsr/cocktails

This hand juicer is excellent and worth the money.

u/Oregon_Trails · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

this strawberry huller is really useful. i dont use it as often as I should, but when I do it really saves time.

Let's do it in the kitchen.

u/-Miss_Information- · 2 pointsr/funny
u/bellyjabies · 2 pointsr/CasualUK

Protip: Long thumb nails are great for hulling strawberries, and save you a few quid.

u/Chantey · 2 pointsr/food

I use one of these. Well worth the $5-10.

u/delerium23 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

400 gifts! that is amazing, YOU are amazing!

this is awesome and under $5 or pick whatever makes you happy!! <3

u/IguanaGrrl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Pineapple tool

ARRRRRRRRRR ye scurvy PaganPirate!

u/PenguinsGoMeow · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

<3 This would be something I have always wanted. I love fresh pineapple and never have a way to cut it!

I had originally put a pencil sharpener on here, but that is no longer needed. :)

u/rrpjdisc · 2 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

Anndddd .. I just bought one on Amazon after watching this lol

u/Train_of_mystery · 2 pointsr/bartenders

You need to invest in a better hand squeezer.

Also, the flat juicey side goes DOWN in that. I've seen so many people try to put the half lime/lemon into it so that it fits the cradle (curved side down).

u/kablammywhammy · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I have one like in the video -- it might even be bigger. Definitely industrial size. I used to have this one. I preferred it as was a little easier to handle, but either one makes amazing mashed potatoes, smooth guacamole, homemade spaetzle, can even get the skin off roasted tomatoes when making sauce (no need to peel).

u/j3w · 2 pointsr/AdamCarolla

And you, sir, shouldn't stand for it. Not even a fucking fleck of skin.

But you shouldn't eat watery potatoes either.

You boil them up, skin on. Slice in half. Press through a ricer and the entire skin is removed in one piece leaving delicious fluffy spuds for mashing:

u/veggietrooper · 2 pointsr/bartenders

Sure. Its pretty intuitive as soon as you use the press, but you squeeze about 80% and it's mostly juice, then you hit some resistance. Squeeze harder and it's more juice but very pulpy. Then squeeze very hard and you get dribbles which are very oily and bitter. If you do that and then touch the press you'll find it's very oily.

They're pretty cheap on Amazon, let me see if I can find it for you. Here: fifteen bucks.

u/Edward_Morbius · 1 pointr/Cooking

I use plenty of butter and milk and this potato masher and only give it a few hits.

The more you mash/beat/whip potatoes, the gummier they get.
I use the fewest number of hits that make it look mostly mashed.

u/troxy · 1 pointr/Frugal

Rather than buy a mixer I have a big pyrex bowl and an Oxo good grips potato masher to mix things up with.

making cheesecake with it.

u/rarelyserious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/makesureimjewish · 1 pointr/CollegeCookingLevel

another picture of the meal

The Meal

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • Basil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Black and White Beans (from a can)

    Mashed Potatoes:
  • 3 Idaho Potatoes
  • 2 Yams (sweet potatoes)
  • 1 Large yellow (sweet) onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • cream/milk/somethinglikethat
  • sugar

    Special Tools:
  • potato masher thing like here or here i know it's not a 2 dollar item, but you'll only need one for the rest of your life if it's a metal one

    Directions: i'm going to assume you have basics like olive oil, salt and pepper. from this point ill stop assuming anything

    Ill start with the chicken because that took no time at all. Spread beans over tinfoil'd pan. on that bed of beans lay down the chicken. It's up to you if you want to leave the skins on the thighs, i kept one but it's a lot of fat. pepper and salt dat chicken. scatter torn basil on top and cherry tomatoes. Pop into oven at 325º. keep in there until outside of chicken is brown. after about 35 minutes i take one pice out with a fork and cut into it to see how done it is. if it's pink, but it back in (that's what she said).

    mashed potatoes:

    this is like my favorite thing to cook.

    cut up potatoes and yams into about 3-4 equal pieces each. put into pot of water that completely covers all the potatoes/yams and bring to boil. keep em rolling around but you may want to turn down the heat. after about 15 minutes take one out with a fork and slice in half. knife should go cleanly through really easily. if not, put back in pot and keep boiling.

    dice onion and garlic and over tiny pan let them simmer. salt and stir. sugar and stir. i do about 2 extremely generous pinches of sugar. you want more than you think an onion needs. stir. let it keep cooking. keep stirring once in a while. you want to cook these until the opinion kind of changes colors and becomes soft. taste test when you think it's done. when it no longer has any bite (unless you're into that), take off heat and put aside.

    When potatoes reach good consistency: drain water. use potato masher to bash into submission. add some milk/cream. keep mashing. you don't want it watery. i do it to taste. add onion/garlic mix.

    eat like a champ

    notes: this made enough for 3 full meals for me and i eat a lot. ~2800+ calories a day. the chicken thighs were on sale for 2 dollars and something cents, i'm still adding basil and tomatoes to my breakfast eggs, and the beans were about a dollar a can. i think this entire meal aggregated cost about $4 and i got 3 meals out of it.
u/AyekerambA · 1 pointr/cocktails

I've tried 3 variations:

  1. The one I landed on above.
  2. "oleo sugar extraction" method, I then use the lime juice to "rinse" the sugar off the peels.
  3. Making the lime syrup and letting the zest soak over night and straining.

    2 works REALLY well if all you have is a vegetable peeler and can only get garnish-style strips of peel.

    However, all 3 are indistinguishable if you use a zester like this:

    My guess is that so much surface area is exposed using zest that it doesn't make much of a difference on the technique.

    To add to my above, I'll usually strain through a chinois and give a gentle press with a spoon to really get that good shit out.
u/AldermanMcCheese · 1 pointr/cocktails

I use this OXO channel knife.

u/dreer_binker · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I've also used blood oranges in a Hefeweizen and Cara cara navels in an American wheat. I use a citrus zester ( to get the zest without the pith. It's pretty easy to use, but it does make very small shavings of zest.

You have to put them in a hop sock. The first time I used citrus zest, I just plopped it into the beer. At racking time it clogged up my auto siphon big time. I learned that lesson. Total pain in the @$$.

u/princeofpudding · 1 pointr/pics

It's a lemon zester

Edit: Someone else pointed out that it's a channel knife (which a lot of zesters have as part of their design)

u/BlueTheBetta · 1 pointr/ExpectationVsReality

A potato ricer makes super smooth potatoes. I've seen where you can even put them thru a 2nd time if you want them smoother.

u/bigtcm · 1 pointr/Cooking

Best thing I've found to get as close to the silky smooth instant mashed potatoes as you can get.

u/Eilif · 1 pointr/keto

With a ricer (e.g.). You can just use a potato masher as well, but the results are a little different, but not prohibitively so. Don't forget to squeeze out the water afterwards...still makes delicious food, but it'll be soggy and unusable as a pizza crust.

u/tdohz · 1 pointr/Cooking

Use a ricer. I just made a sweet potato pie with one and it came out unbelievably smooth. I did use a stand mixer after that, but once you have the puree I imagine a whisk/fork would suffice to mix in the other ingredients.

Just be careful about not letting the puree sit around too long before making the pie, or it will start to separate.

u/helcat · 1 pointr/buffy

I have this one

u/Packersobsessed · 1 pointr/funny

use a potato ricer and they turn out even creamier with no clumps at all!

u/purebredginger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This guy, we'll call him Talula, was sitting on a branch and gathering seeds for the winter, when he heard a call. It wasn't the usual bird call from a mate or chick, but a soft whistle. Some mystical instinct took over and he followed it dutifully. When he reaches the source of the call, it's that bitch Cinderella who needed helped getting dressed again. If she can clean a house she can wash her own damn hair.

Potato Ricer for awesome mashed cauliflower!

u/arrrg · 1 pointr/FoodPorn

The fuck. What are you doing in Weiden?

Here I am, randomly browsing Reddit, seeing another one of those stupid “haha, look at Spaghetti Eis, haha” posts (they are always the same) and then that photo is taken in Weiden, right in front of the old town hall. I grew up in that town.

For your information, this is how it’s made: First a base of whipped cream is put down. Then some vanilla ice cream is mashed with a potato masher thingie on top of that cream (stand-in for the spaghetti). Originally, apparently, also meat grinders were used for that job. But I have only ever seen potato masher thingies like the linked one in actual use. Strawberry sauce is added (stand-in for the tomato sauce), at least traditionally, though other flavours are possible. Lastly pieces of white chocolate are added on top (stand-in for the parmesan).

You can’t possibly be German because everyone in Germany is at least seen how Spaghetti Eis is made since everyone has either at some point ordered it for take away or seen someone order it for take away. And if you do it they make the whole thing right in front of you.

u/unseenpuppet · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

Food processors have their use, but in this case, they damage and spread far too much starch from our potatoes, turning your gnocchi gummy. A potato ricer breaks far less cells, which results in a lighter and fluffier gnocchi, or mashed potato.

u/Cdresden · 1 pointr/Cooking

This manual juicer isn't the cheapest, but it's the best. It's geared to deliver 2000 lbs of force on your oranges. It will last a lifetime, versus breaking apart after a year like those cheap electric spinners. Also, clean up is easy.

u/stgabe · 1 pointr/cocktails

Awesome suggestion. Are they big enough for grapefruit? Either way I just ordered one to give a go before I spend more on an expensive one like the Hamilton Beach.

u/Duffuser · 1 pointr/cocktails

I used to have that one, and I gave it to a friend so I still use it occasionally. Though it's a bit more expensive,I prefer the OXO model. It doesn't fully turn your citrus inside out so it seems to be more effective, and the flat handles with very slight padding are more comfortable.

Usually you can buy one at your local Target if you don't wanna wait for shipping, and sometimes they're cheaper there than on Amazon.

OXO Good Grips Citrus Squeezer (Color May Vary)

u/Larrow · 1 pointr/cocktails

I'm partial to this OXO one.

u/coryb1980 · 1 pointr/cocktails
I have this one. It's all metal, I don't think I will ever break it. I bet that plastic one will eventually break.

u/depression_era · 1 pointr/cocktails

I have 3-4 juice presses that I use, most of them are extremely old cast iron because I tend to use a lot of antique items, though my modern one is a norpro citrus juicer which has held up quite well. Unless you're going to be doing massive amounts of juicing the hand press will probably tide you over for a while. At this point, I'd say spend the money on quality spirits and ingredients over an huge table top juicer.

I have a bottle of Velvet Falernum that I use, though I'm looking toward making my own when I can come up from air at my day job. There was a great reddit thread here that talks about making your own from a recipe vs the JDT bottle.

Tiki farm stuff is really big especially here in Orange County, CA. They have great stuff. Some friends of mine designed the Meihana mug for the cocktail of the same name.

Good Luck!

u/noksagt · 1 pointr/cocktails

There are many good hand presses. You may have to spend in the low tens of dollars. I like and use the Norpro stainless steel.

u/JenTiki · 1 pointr/cocktails

I use one of these electric juicers if I need enough citrus juice for more than a few drinks. It has two different sized heads for large and small citrus, plus you can adjust how much pulp gets through. I've had no problems at all with it after about two years of use. Otherwise, I just use the basic hand juicer. I have two different sizes and have had no problems with any of the enamel chipping off.

As for pineapple, you'll need a serious electric juicer (one where you throw the fruit in the top) with a large pulp collector, or just use the small cans of unsweetened, non-from-concentrate juice.

u/klukins · 1 pointr/ehlersdanlos

Kosher salt dissolves easiest. If you can grind it up Sea Salt would be good as well. I'd stay away from table salt because you are drinking it in such high quantities and they add iodine (which is good in the small doses you use in cooking but not in these doses).

You can always sub limes for the lemon if the lemon gets boring. Though you'll need to use more limes and lime is harder to juice. You can also use maple syrup or agave sweetener if that taste better to you. Just make sure that it is 100% of whatever sweetener you choose and natural is better.

If you do start doing this regularly one of these is a solid investment. It cuts the time and effort in half at least.

u/neighburrito · 1 pointr/Cooking

This lemon/lime squeezer thing. Best $12 spent ever. It always took me forever to squeeze every drop of juice from lemons (even harder with limes), and after about 3-4 of them my hand cramped up bad. This handy device lets me get all the juice out and I waste less of the fruit and my time and energy.

u/SLOWchildrenplaying · 1 pointr/cocktails

Ah, gottcha! The ol' cheater tin.

Yeah the juicer is kinda pricey. They make cheaper variants:

This one is aluminum cast. Not as ergonomic and it hurts after juicing on a 10 hour shift. However, it certainly beats that plastic one you linked. To be honest, that plastic one is such a pain in the ass to use, you'll likely want to skip making citrus cocktails just because that thing sucks so bad! There is a special place in hell for that thing!

The cheaper one I listed is only $4.50 and comes with free shipping. You can't beat that!

u/dizzyelk · 1 pointr/YouShouldKnow

Or just buy one of these, get far more juice, and no seeds.

u/Mohawk_Scalps · 1 pointr/Mixology

Cocktail Kingdom is good but the quality for many pieces seems to have dropped off (e.g. broken jigger, Koriko tins and mixing glasses) That being said almost everything I use everyday is from them.

Uber has some quality products and also offers sets. Reviews say that the quality varies in the sets, but the spoon and muddler I use work well. I believe they are based in Austria as well!

I have just discovered a new website called Parched Penguin. I have not bought anything yet but am interested in their mixing glasses and many decorative pieces for special occasions.

If you are just getting started I would buy:
-Hand Juicer
-Small Tin
-Large Tin

Once you enjoy it and have mastered all of your favorite shaken drinks:
-Mixing Glass. We use these at my bar because they are cheap and can go through the dishwasher.
-Muddler. Once again dishwasher friendly and industructible.
-Bar Spoon. A cheap and effective spoon, easy to learn a proper Japanese stir.

Then comes the books...

u/Ass_Antlers · 1 pointr/ATKGear

From Season 10: Sensational Skillet Recipes



WINNER - Electric


Black & Decker Citrus Juicer - $19.99

> With no effort, lemons were completely squeezed of all their juice. As you pressed gently, the reamer rotated in both directions to clean out the fruit half, and an adjustable pulp screen kept out seeds and let you adjust the pulp level of the juice with a simple switch. Great for bigger jobs when you want a lot of juice, but easy enough to use for just one lemon. Simple to assemble and clean.

Amazon Link


WINNER - Manual

AMCO Houseworks Enameled Lemon Squeezer, model 06-0354 - $11.95

> Surprisingly easy to use—juice gushes out. Of the squeeze-style juice presses we tested, this was the most comfortable and effective, with curved handles and a well-shaped plunger. Squeezing the rounded handles didn’t hurt our hands like others of this style, and seeds were contained. It was also attractive, sporting a bright yellow finish, but hand-washing is best if you want to keep the paint from chipping. (We tested the paint and found it lead-free.)

Amazon Link

Also rated as RECOMMENDED:

  • OXO Good Grips Citrus Juicer, model 34781 - $12.99

    > Nice and easy, this juicer removed all trace of juice in each lemon half with its sharp-edged, open-sided reamer. Seeds stayed out of the juice in the collection cup, which was easy to pour. Sturdily constructed. Has many parts, including a larger reamer that’s inverted beneath the lemon reamer and hangs into the collection cup, making it harder to clean than other manual juicers.

    Amazon Link



  • Fox Run Craftsmen Wood Lemon Reamer, model 4165 - $2.95
  • Chef'n Juicester Citrus Juicer and Reamer, model JUC-380CI - $14.99



  • OXO Good Grips Lemon Reamer, model 28281
  • Kitchen Aid Citrus Juicer, Cast Metal, model KG070CR
  • Norpro Stainless-Steel Citrus Juice Press, model 523
u/captivatingbleu · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Closest to $2.00 is: [$1.29] ( from my "For Listening (mp3/albums)" wishlist. (This was definitely the hardest to find on my wishlist. I had a lot that came close to all of the other amounts.)

Closest to $4.00 is: [$3.99] ( from my $10 and under wishlist.

Closest to $6.00 is: [$6.01] ( from my "For my Puppies" wishlist.

Closest to $8.00 is: [$8.00 exactly] ( from my "$10 and Under" wishlist.

Thanks for the contest!

u/phlod · 1 pointr/Cooking

My only complaint with Alton is that I feel he sort of lost his way towards the end of the series. When he recommended the huge, uni-tasking, counter-sculpture of a juicer over the much smaller, just as useful hinge juicer, I lost a lot of respect for him.

u/brightlights55 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I've got something similar to this at home and it works brilliantly.

u/sheisaeval · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/furious25 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Nice cutting board $100

Food mill $50

Cream whipper $30

Grill pan $33

Peel $60

Kitchenaid meat grinder/sausage stuffer $60

Culinary torch $20

u/trebole13 · 1 pointr/Baking

Call me old fashioned, but I use a food mill for basically everything. Thirty five bucks for a great one, and I can make perfect pumpkin puree, soups, sauces, etc. I adore the thing.

u/seamonkee · 1 pointr/Canning

a) I mean like through a food mill like < this >. Not sure what a Victorio is.

b & c) Typically chunky salsa takes I think 15ish minutes in the water bath, hot packed (where the ingredients are boiled first). Off the top of my head tomato sauce is supposed to take somewhere around 35-40 minutes, hot packed.

u/linengray · 1 pointr/recipes

If you do not have a food mill I would strongly suggest investing in one. Oxo makes a great model that I have used for years. It comes with three discs and works perfectly for what you want.:

It is a good investment for a lot of other uses as well. Great mashed potatoes or other purees./sauces you want to make.

u/account_disabled · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Also, a side note for future trips... You can really dehydrate damn near anything. I dehydrate spaghetti sauce, throw the sauce roll ups (yeah, it's the same consistency of a fruit roll up) into vacuum seal bags. When it's time to make it, I just toss it in the pot and let it reconstitute. It ain't mom's, but it'll do. If you have a food mill then you can make a puree out of all kinds of stuff that easily dehydrates into a skin that packs light. This is all stuff for people who spend WAY too much time living out of a pack, and much of it was learned from BSing with other hikers. Also, for note, there are other food mills on the market that are cheaper, that's just the one that I inherited when Grandma died.

u/wangston1 · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

This ricer is recommend by america's test kitchen and it's a tiny bit cheaper.

u/Hamsterdam · 1 pointr/Cooking

I agree with Kaiotic, a ricer makes the best mashed potatoes. I have this model from RSVP. It was highly recommended by Cook's Illustrated and is only $14.

u/IndustrialAssemblage · 1 pointr/loseit

Ok. So, you can google for finer details, because I never measure, but it goes like this.

The absolute most important thing is to have a potato ricer
This device removes the fibers in the potato and makes it silky smooth. You can use it for many, many other things so it is great little tool to have on hand. I have never been successful making potato gnocchi skipping this step.

4-5 medium sized sweet potatoes or yams, roasted in the oven, cooled, and skinned. Roasting brings out the caramelization and gives the recipe such a deep rich flavor. I credit roasting with being able to skip olive oil or other fats for richness.

About 4-6 oz of frozen spinach, thawed and drained VERY VERY WELL. Like, wrap it in thicknesses of paper towels and squeeze on countertop until paper towels are pretty much dry. Moisture must be well controlled for this dish. Alternately, you can chop fresh spinach or de-spined kale very, very finely and use it raw in the gnocchi dough. I have done both and got great results either way.

1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Optional.

Probably 2 cups of Flour. Use regular, whole wheat, rice, or whatever you like. It is just a binder. I don't use egg, or oil. Doesn't seem to need it for flavor, and cuts down on calories bigtime.

Seasoning such as sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Put a bunch in there.

So now, just know. If you have never made gnocchi before, your first batch will not be your best ever. But it will be a learning experience and taste amazing either way.

Put a large pot, like a stock or soup pot, whatever you usually use for pasta, about 3/4 full of water on to boil.

Rice the sweet potato into a bowl, this will be messy. It is supposed to be. DO NOT PUT THE FIBROUS BITS THAT CATCH IN THE BOTTOM OF THE RICER INTO THE BOWL. Pull them out as they clog the strainer blade and throw them away.

To your gorgeous, silky smooth sweet potatoes, add the veggies however you have prepared them, the parmesan if you want it, and your spices, then moosh them around until well mixed by hand. Begin to add flour in a handful at a time until the mixture takes on a ball of dough shape. It will be sticky and not yet dry.

Spread out some of the remaining flour on your counter or a big cutting board, and then roll a palm sized ball of dough in your hands gently. Make it into a snake, just like playdough, rolling it in the flour as you form it. It will totally feel like playdough, not super wet. Make it about your middle finger wide and 8 or so inches long. Cut in about 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife.

You will have to reflour your work surface as this is how you get the dough the right consistency. The goal is to work the dough gently till its just dry enough to hold its shape and allow you to cut it.

Now you are ready to rock. If you are nervous, you can roll out all of your "snakes" and then start cooking them, but this is how I do it.

I put the first one or two series of pastas, or "snakes" worth, into the water with a slotted spoon. Then I roll out two more while those cook. After I roll out two more, it has been about 3-4 minutes, and my first batch gets pulled out, drained for a second on the slotted spoon, and set into a broad shallow pan or serving platter. Then I add the next two "snakes" worth and begin rolling my next batch, and so on working steadily until all of the pasta has been cooked, drained, and set into the platter/platters or pan/pans.

Then I sit down for a second. jk

Here's the thing. Some people like their pasta soft, I like mine browned under the broiler a bit. You can do either, or try both. This recipe makes a bunch of pasta.

A nice fresh chopped tomato topping, sauteed with onion, garlic and basil, is the perfect complement with some parmesan cheese. This doesn't need oil either if you use pan spray to saute.

I hope I haven't overwhelmed you, it really is fun, and makes a lot to eat throughout the week, or impress someone with :)

Let me know if you give it a go, or if you have any questions. Bon Appetite!

u/bridgette1129 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/Flying00Fiddle · 1 pointr/fatlogic

If you aren't someplace oversensitive to pocket knives, cut it up right before you eat it. I keep a mini cutting board in my lunchbag for this exact purpose.

Edit: If a knife isn't an option, something like this apple slicer might work.

u/Flitch1 · 1 pointr/Cooking

I think /u/Hypno-phile has the right idea. Peel a long thin potato then use one of these on it lengthwise

u/CapOnFoam · 1 pointr/AskWomen

Favorite? Negroni, hands down. Equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. However, a friend of mine made me one with DRY (white) vermouth and it was incredible! So I've been making mine that way lately. Craziness. (FWIW, we both use Dolin vermouth, my favorite.)

2nd favorite, probably a margarita. 3 parts tequila (I prefer reposado), 2 parts fresh lime juice, 1 part orange liqueur.

3rd favorite, bourbon + lime + ginger beer. Wait, or maybe a manhattan. Or a sazerac. Scratch that - 3rd favorite, nearly anything with bourbon or rye in it.

I almost always make my cocktails at home because I'm cheap :) And, I'm a cheap drunk. One cocktail and I'm not really fit to drive.

For anyone wanting to do cocktails at home, I want to recommend this citrus press. It's incredible.

u/BenTheHokie · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Can openers and citrus squeezers. I recommend these

ZYLISS Lock N' Lift Can Opener with Lid Lifter Magnet

Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer (Lemon)

I got my juicer for $15. Not sure why they pumped the price up so high.

u/sassafrasAtree · 1 pointr/cocktails

This is my go to recipe for lime cordial, it is uncooked, and uses all of the peel as well as the juice. I use a Microplane to remove the lime peel, without getting the bitter white pith. It makes simply amazing Gimlets. Throw a capful of vodka or gin in it, and it will hold over a bit longer too.

If you are juicing on the fly, and want to create a quickie cordial, you can add in simple to fresh juice. This is the juicer I use (which has a rachet mechanism to extract the juice way easier). IMO though, having the peel in the cordial makes all the difference, as that is where the real essence of a lime lies. Cheers.

u/KatelynnPwnz · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

420 hehehe

Item :)

Thanks for the contest!

u/Doebino · 1 pointr/pics
u/MalachiVenom · 1 pointr/videos
u/ColossalKnight · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I can't think of anything off the top of my head, so I'll just say I don't like oranges but I do find orange juice delicious!

Edit: Although someone might find this to be useful.

u/clynnec01 · 1 pointr/cocktails

You can get a pineapple corer for relatively cheap - core the pineapple in a big bowl and let the chunks sit for a few hours, you'll be surprised how much juice they render - plus you now have a cored pineapple to serve drinks in ;)

u/Pullet · 1 pointr/Hawaii

Buy this. The plastic version works just as good.

u/luvs_T0_spooge · 1 pointr/pics
u/anthylorrel · 1 pointr/lifehacks

If you want rings, do 1 minute of work and use one of these.

u/seraph582 · 1 pointr/oddlysatisfying

Huuuuuge waste of time. Get the thing that you push down on to the top and it cores and wedges the Apple in one maneuver. It also doesn’t peel off tons and tons of the fruit under the skin like OP’s misconfigured spiral thing.

u/erixxi · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Sliced apple with peanut butter! You can buy pre-sliced apples at most grocery stores, or you can buy an apple slicer (most grocery stores sell them) and slice it yourself. You don't have to refrigerate apples, so you don't have to worry about them taking up fridge space. I slice mine in the morning and pack them in a reusable food container.

u/LateralThinkerer · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Just like a ShinyTile, bringing a juicer to a knife fight...

Actually I'm just after cheap movie cliches - I use a squeezer myself. Worth every f**king penny and I have yet to break it.

u/sweetmercy · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

How are you squeezing them? I never have seeds in anything because I either squeeze through my fingers (wash your hands first of course) or with one of these lemon squeezers...which, btw, extract more juice than most can by hand.

u/packetdrop · 1 pointr/keto

put it in microwave for 8 minutes then press the water out with a potato ricer:

u/schwacr01 · 1 pointr/eldertrees

In the past and for this method I'll use this potato ricer to filter, as you get really good leverage to squeese every drop.

u/sciencewonk · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I have had this one for about 6 months. It seems pretty solid.

amazon link

u/tamajinn · 0 pointsr/blueapron

You can get a cheap zester that will quickly get the job done. I have this one from OXO and have used it for years: The only thing is it will make long pieces of zest which you would then need to chop with a knife, but that only takes a few seconds. You can also invest in a microplane grater which also works well on things like ginger and hard cheeses. Zesting should never take up a ton of prep time, and I never get as much zest as they say I should (two teaspoons? from one tiny lemon?).

u/moderatorrater · 0 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

Most juicers are made so that you don't have to peel it.

u/lenzm · 0 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have this one and it seems pretty sturdy.

u/laurenbug2186 · 0 pointsr/AskCulinary

I bought a mango splitter when I was using a lot of mangoes for making baby food a few years ago. It works pretty well.

u/superjj · 0 pointsr/Cooking

If you aren't using this squeezer you are doing it wrong.

u/theinternethero · -1 pointsr/videos

/u/OliverBabish, there are tools for squeezing lemons my dude!

u/RabidMonkeyOnCrack · -1 pointsr/trees

Fuck all that work, just get what he mentions at the end. $13 on Amazon

u/Burgher_NY · -2 pointsr/lifehacks

Or, ya know, just get one of these

u/the_madeline · -3 pointsr/cocktails

No need to have an electric juicer even if you're juicing en masse.

I have two hand tools in my kitchen: one for lemons and limes and one for grapefruit and oranges.

They're quick and efficient and sturdy.