The crinkle cutter is a handy kitchen gadget used for making crinkle cut French fries and many other types of food garnish. Most of the newer versions are dishwasher safe, with a stainless steel cutting edge and resin coated handles. There are many ways to use the crinkle cutter to make your vegetables more interesting, especially during holidays or special occasions. Read on to learn how to use a crinkle cutter.
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Notice the two types of semi-sharp edges and the two handle types. One has a handle covering the full length of the blade, and the other has a handle that the blade is attached to, like a small clever. The two types of blades are straight or curved. The curved blade allows you to use a rocking motion to crinkle cut food, rather than just pushing straight down (though you still have to push straight down, when cutting large vegetables or frozen foods). A hard plastic blade cover for storage protection is also a nice feature.
Use your crinkle cutters for crinkle cut French fries but also think of it as a food-garnishing tool. Cut vegetables to use in dips, make your own crinkle cut pickles or cut cheese for appetizers.
Try the waffle cut by slicing through the vegetable with the cutter and then giving the vegetable a half turn before cutting the next slice. Make the slices as thin as possible, and use this cut on carrots, potatoes or cucumbers.
Make a scallop cut. Take a beet, carrot, potato, cucumber or turnip and cut a slice off the bottom so you can stand the vegetable straight up. Use your cutter to trim from the top down, to make a corrugated design on the skin, before slicing up the vegetable, in the usual manner.
Tips and warnings
- Use a cutting board under your crinkle cutter to avoid damaging counter-top surfaces.