Alice and Rylan's guide to staying safe in the kitchen
Growing numbers of people are reporting to A&E departments with injuries caused when cutting avocados - with even film star Meryl Streep among the victims.
Last week, in the wake of the news, both Phil Vickery and the Hairy Bikers shared their methods for cutting the popular fruit. But if you still don’t fancy your chances, Alice Beer (with a little help from Rylan) is here with gadgets to help you slice, dice and chop safely - as well as other products to keep your kitchen an accident-free zone.
3-in-1 Avocado Tool, £8.75, OXO Good Grips
This gadget splits, pits, slices and scoops avocados for safe and mess-free prep. The built-in plastic blade cuts the avocado skin, yet isn't sharp to touch. The pitting tool removes the stone with just a simple twist.
Chef'n Avoquado 4-in-1 Tool, £12.99, Tesco
The Avoquado is a 4-in-1 tool that allows you to cut, pit, separate and scoop avocado in one go. It's silicone material and blunt blade means no 'avocado hand' in sight!
FOR SLICING AND DICING:
Vegetable Cube Cutter, £25.95, Gefu
An easy-to-use gadget that can dice a range of vegetables and fruit in no time. To use, just put whole fruit or vegetable in the top compartment and turn the handle to dice.
Chip & Dice Vegetable Chopper and Dicer, £21.99, Lakeland
This gadget makes it easy to dice and chop food with remarkably little effort. By pushing the food forward gradually, two interchangeable stainless steel blades work to cut on your behalf. When it comes to dicing, a helpful knife guide means you can chop uniform cubes.
The Garlic Twist, £15.99, Amazon
At the heart of each Garlic Twist is a matching set of cross-cutting mincing teeth that allows garlic cloves to be minced to perfection.
Pineapple Slicer & Wedger, £9.75, OXO Good Grips
This slicer will peel, core and slice a fresh pineapple in just 30 seconds. It works like a corkscrew, removing the flesh in perfectly formed rings, leaving the core in the shell.
Progressive Zip Slicer, £12.85, Amazon
Alice's favourite gadget at home - it slices cherry tomatoes and grapes in seconds. It can also be used on olives and cherries and is perfect when preparing food in a rush.
OTHER SAFETY PRODUCTS:
Smart Touch Automatic Can Opener, £15.99, Lakeland
Ideal for those who struggle with traditional can openers, the hands-free tin opener will open a can at the press of a button. It also opens jars, bottles and tab cans.
Pebbly Wooden Toast Tongs, £4, John Lewis
Pick up your toast with ease, with this bamboo toaster tong from Pebbly. Made from biodegradable bamboo it is a safe, easy way to retrieve your toast without damaging your toaster.
Coolskin Oven Gauntlets, £25.25, Coolskin.com
These ambidextrous gloves are knitted in soft, flexible Meta-Aramid, the same material used to protect firefighters from intense heat. Proven effective up to 350C (well above the limit reached in domestic ovens), they'll give you dependable protection from painful burns.
Eddingtons Onion Goggles, £10.49, Currys
No more pain, no more tears - the Eddingtons Onion Goggles now make it comfortable to chop, slice and dice your raw onions. A comfortable foam seal shields the eyes from the irritating onion vapours while anti-fog lenses keep viewing clear.