I have to admit, when I first heard about Kitchen Devils Scissors, I sniggered and cynically said : "What's that for? Snipping open the sachet on your frozen ready meal ?" Let's face it, scissors aren't tools that you often see putting in an appearance on Masterchef or on celeb chef cookery programmes on TV. Then we received a pair to review and I have to say, I was impressed.
We've always had scissors in our kitchen but they were just normal scissors that you'd find in your average office or stationery drawer, not proper kitchen scissors. The Kitchen Devils scissors are much sturdier - I was amazed to see that they are guaranteed for an amazing 15 years ! I could be a grandmother by the time they'll need replacing, how freaky is that ?!! - and also much more comfortable to use.
They also cut really well, probably because they have a serrated lower blade to make cutting easier. I have therefore been cutting things that I usually try to cack-handedly cut with a knife in the kitchen while swearing under my breath ! They're fabulous for cutting the rind off bacon, chopping chicken fillets into bite-sized pieces for stir fry and even cutting the fins off fish, which is always really difficult. They're great for chopping through the tough fat and cartilage on cheap stewing beef that is on its way into the slow cooker and that needs roughly chopping. It makes the job quicker and causes much less arm ache.
I've been so impressed that I now find myself hesitating every time I reach for a knife to see if the scissors would do a better job. Kitchen Devils say that they can "snip through peel with ease as well as herbs, vegetables, bacon and tricky kitchen packaging too." Hmmm vegetables, hadn't thought of that. They could make shredding lettuce a lot easier.
What I really love besides the convenience and the comfort is the safety issue, which is brilliant if you're cooking with kids. 10-year-old Sophie (who may well be making me a granny within 15 years !!) loves helping me in the kitchen and, while I'm happy for her to chop mushroom and peel veg, I'm always wary of letting her loose with a sharp knife. The scissors are much less likely to slip and cut her fingers though so I'm happy for her to get much more hands on. Here she is, snipping through the sausages that we cooked in the Actifry (here) !
I've discovered that Kitchen Devils also have the even sturdier Shears that are designed for cutting through bone as well as meat, fish, etc. I'm impressed that the scissors are also dishwasher-safe, although they should be removed and dried as soon as the wash is over to keep them in perfect condition - I have to admit that I prefer washing mine by hand.
I was a bit perplexed by the hole in the middle, that looks like a nutcracker to me, but a quick bit of research reveals that it's a handy bottle opener.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £10.49
for more information : http://www.kitchendevils.com/
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