Collapsible Mini Colander
The Collapsible Mini Colander from Progressive International ($6.13) holds 3 1/2 cups and folds down to a height of just 1 inch. Unfolded, this 8-inch-long silicone colander is sturdy, and its oval shape made it easy to tip rinsed food into a container with no spills. But the best part is its plastic base, which pops on to seal the colander’s holes so you can flood the contents before draining or set it on a counter without drips. It’s dishwasher-safe but hand washes in a flash (it has no crevices to trap dirt) and after weeks of use showed nary a sign of wear. It’s our new go-to gadget for washing small quantities of fruit and vegetables.
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasn’t sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
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The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.
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