I Tried Dozens of the Most Ridiculous Fruit and Veggie Tools — And Actually Really Liked a Few of Them

published Aug 1, 2020
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Credit: Photos courtesy of: Chef'n, Kuhn Rikon, OXO

You don’t need me to tell you that there are a lot of kitchen gadgets out there. There are companies that make tools specifically for pitting peaches, peeling asparagus, slicing bananas, coring bell peppers, and more. So much more. Of course, in most cases, you can do any and all of these jobs with the basic tools that every home cook should have. So why do these unitaskers exist? Ideally, to make your life easier. If you’re pitting a lot of peaches, for example, maybe you really do need a Peachster!

I spent the last few weeks playing with and testing dozens of highly specific fruit and veggie tools. A lot of them were just plain silly (looking at you, special thingie that cores out individual Brussels sprouts!). But a few really did stand out to earn a permanent place in my already-full kitchen. While their relevance may waver depending on how and what you cook, my point is this: We should all be a little less quick to shrug off a seemingly silly unitasker.

These are the five very specific fruit and veggie tools I’m making space for. Could I do the same job with tools I already have? In most cases, yes. Do these make the job a lot easier? YES!

1. Kuhn Rikon Melon Knife

Do I eat enough watermelon to justify owning a special watermelon knife? Probably not. (I really only buy a few melons during July and August.) But after testing a bunch of different watermelon tools, I fell pretty hard for this guy. It’s basically a super-sharp, incredibly long, inexpensive serrated knife. I’ve been using it, yes, on watermelons, but also cantaloupe, giant loaves of bread, tomatoes, and more.

BuyKuhn Rikon Melon Knife, $21.95

2. OXO Strawberry Huller

It took me a while to come around on the importance of a strawberry huller, but I’ve been making a lot of smoothies lately (I don’t have air conditioning and my kitchen temp averages around 85 degrees!) and now I’m on board. A good one makes quick work of pulling out the green stuff without wasting too much of the fruit. I played with at least five different hullers, and this one was most consistently the easiest to use. Whereas some of the others would jam up, the OXO version spits out the stem every time you pop the button on the top.

Buy: OXO Strawberry Huller, $12.99

3. Chef’n QuickQuad Produce Wedger

If I had tested this at the beginning of 2020, I would have given it a hard pass. I’d rather just use my chef’s knife and save the drawer space. Fast forward to COVID-19 days and I’ve been spending so much time chopping produce — for salads, cheese boards (to make me feel fancy while I sit in PJs on the couch), and snacking. Frankly, I don’t have time for all that chopping. I’ve been using this on cucumbers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, grapes, mushrooms, and more. I especially love using it with carrots because, while I love a carrot, I hate a girth-y one! It’s got sharp, stainless steel blades and springs that guide your food in. And the base comes apart for easy cleaning.

Buy: QuickQuad Produce Wedger, $9.99 on Amazon

Credit: Lisa Freedman

4. OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter

Whether you want to snack on a big bowl of cherries or bake up, say, this galette, you know that cherry pits are, well, the pits. I’ve been buying cherries by the bagful these last few weeks and this pitter is not only effective, but it’s also fun to use. I also got one for a friend who has a fruit-obsessed 18-month-old and she’s equally as enamored of this pitter. Plus, you can use it with olives, too, so it’s not really a unitasker!

Buy: OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter, $12.29 on Amazon

Credit: Danielle Centoni

5. Microplane 3-in-1 Avocado Tool 

Contributor Danielle Centoni turned me onto this avocado tool. It’s not like I’m usually opening more than one avocado at a time, but I hated how I always dirtied a chef’s knife, a butter knife, and a spoon every time I wanted perfectly sliced cubes. This does every step of the job and only calls for dirtying one thing. Unlike some other avocado tools I tested, this didn’t waste any flesh and it didn’t require me to hold onto any dirty parts as I worked.

Buy: Microplane 3-in-1 Avocado Tool, $13.99 on Amazon

Are there any highly specific fruit and veggie tools that you love? Tell us about them in the comments below!