Every time I finish cutting up a butternut squash I send up a little prayer to whoever it is that controls these things that I still have fingers – so when, I saw news of a new gadget called the Scoopsaw by Chef’n designed to make the process a little less painless I asked if I could try it out ASAP. It arrived a couple of weekends ago – and OMG it’s brilliant. You wouldn’t think it would be when you see it as it just looks like a plastic spoon with Freddie Kruger’s fingernail inside it. But my squash was sitting ready for it, there was a soup I wanted to make and so I gave it a try.
First up is the saw bit, which, erm not surprisingly you use for slicing the squash. It’s quite thin and when you first place it on the squash I was really scared that it was going to snap off and fly into my face, but it’s got a super-sharp angled blade that cuts squash skin like the proverbial knife goes through butter and, once you’re in, just like cutting down a tree, you then saw your way through to the other little side. It’s a deceptive little device. I normally use a knife twice the size of this to cut squash but this did much faster. I did still fear for my fingers but it definitely got through it. Next up though was the bit I truly loved – the scoop.
It’s almost like insult after injury when you drag the squash over to the sink to remove the seeds and pithy stuff with a spoon as it feels like you’re there for days – and there’s always one seed that makes it’s way into the oven as I lose patience (not one of my virtues), but with this, it took seconds – and then, with a reassuring clean sounding scraping noise, all the seeds and string were in the sink and it was back to the chopping board. Honestly, I can’t believe how easy it was – admittedly then I had to chop it into smaller pieces before I could pop it in the soupmaker which was its normal task of torture but at least the first bit went well.
Oh and Chefn’n also do a kale stripper which gets rid of the stringy stem bits. I have that in my ‘to be tested’ pile as this was supposed to be a dual post but they only had ready cut kale in the supermarket when I went shopping. I’ll let you know if it’s any good.
Main image: Lakeland Plastics
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