Do you remember “The Pampered Chef?” About 30 years ago, I bought several Pampered Chef products.
One was a pizza stone which I used for all kinds of baking. It lasted for years.
I also bought a large stone casserole dish which I used for years until it broke.
I bought the expandable wooden trivet to put the stone casserole dish on when it came out of the oven. I still use the wooden trivet.
And I also bought the Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer with Stand. I used it recently when I made an apple pie for Thanksgiving. The Apple Peeler still works great. The only issue I had was when the two little red, plastic pieces which are wedged between the tool and the wooden stand became so brittle they broke. When this happened, I could still use the Apple Peeler, but it would slide all around. I could kind of manage by trying to hold it steady, but it was a trick.
I decided to let that Apple Peeler know who’s the boss. I got out my hot, gorilla glue gun. I put dabs of hot gorilla glue (the gorilla part being critical here) where the red, plastic tabs had been. Problem solved. Now that Apple Peeler knows I am the boss. Wish I could convince Dan just as easily.
The pie was delicious with the apples being sliced into perfectly sized pieces. Another one of my favorite dishes to make using the Apple Peeler is “Curly Cheese Potatoes.” This is a Pampered Chef recipe. I leave out the onion, and I use garlic powder rather than a garlic clove. Just like my apple pie, the curly cheese potatoes win the gold ribbon at the Chambers Country Fair every time it is served.
By the way, The Pampered Chef is still around today as well as the Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer with Stand. It costs $63, and it still has those two red tabs.
About a year ago, I bought a “Spiralizer” from Aldi. I used it to made Zoodles – you know, noodles out of zucchini. My Sprializer hasn’t worked out as well as my Apple Peeler. The zoodles are hard to get just right; they can be soggy and mushy if not done just so. The Spiralizer can’t do potatoes; the potatoes revolt and get stuck in the tube going down. I can’t use the Spiralizer on the apples; it doesn’t peel and core them. Who wants to eat apple pie with the skin still on the apples?
So, I’m looking at this Spiralizer. It is on my kitchen counter taking up precious real estate. Everything I want it to do, I can do more quickly and easily with my good ole’ Pampered Chef tool. Clean up is easier, too. I’m thinking of giving it the boot. Anyone have a last reprieve for Old Curly?
What would you do?