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Subject: Potato spiral-cutting gadget?
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: lenona321[at]aol.com (Lenona)
Date: 12 Sep 2000 03:24:40 GMT
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I saw this years ago at a county fair. It turns a raw potato into a Slinky,
which you then deep-fry (of course, once you DO cut it that way, that's the
only way to cook it aside from baking, I guess!) Where can I buy this, please?
What's the price? Name?

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From: Janine 
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 06:44:30 GMT
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Spiral fry cutter.  Restaurant Supply.  About $200.

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From: The Trinker 
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 00:01:32 -0700
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Actually, there's a much cheaper gizmo that's sold at a lot of
home stores.  Bed Bath & Beyond, Lechter's, Williams Sonoma...

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From: amyhughes[at]my-deja.take-this-part-out.com (Amy Hughes)
Date: 12 Sep 2000 17:08:55 GMT
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The Trinker wrote:
: Actually, there's a much cheaper gizmo that's sold at a lot of
: home stores.  Bed Bath & Beyond, Lechter's, Williams Sonoma...

Tater Twister. Works like a charm, despite the silly name. About
$13, if I recall. I tossed mine when I was convinced I would give
up deep-fried food. Ha! I should go get one again...

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From: Kalkaska[at]bwu.edu (Boron Elgar)
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 17:39:52 GMT
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Amy Hughes wrote:
>Tater Twister. Works like a charm, despite the silly name. About
>$13, if I recall. I tossed mine when I was convinced I would give
>up deep-fried food. Ha! I should go get one again...

$13!!!??? I am stunned. Granted, I have a *real* old one collecting
rust spots in the back of the "everything" drawer, but I could swear
this is an under $5 item (yes, when I was growing up, it was probably
under $0.50, but I can get with the times.)

These things used to be metal...kinda like a flat shoehorn with a
screw widget on one end and a finger hole on the other. One side was
tapered to be sharp (not too sharp). I guess they make 'em in plastic
now.

The NY Renaissance Faire was selling french fried potatoes slinkied
this way when I was there a couple of days ago. They went well with
the smoked turkey legs the kids were gnawing on.

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From: amyhughes[at]my-deja.take-this-part-out.com (Amy Hughes)
Date: 12 Sep 2000 20:37:33 GMT
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Boron Elgar wrote:
: >Tater Twister. Works like a charm, despite the silly name. About
: >$13, if I recall.

: $13!!!??? I am stunned. Granted, I have a *real* old one collecting
: rust spots in the back of the "everything" drawer, but I could swear
: this is an under $5 item

The $13 model is electric. I don't know if that means it's easier to
use or if it just takes up more space and makes more noise, like an
electric can opener. It's been a long time since I used one, and I've
never used a manual tater twister.

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 15:31:14 GMT
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Those apple peelers will do spiral cut potatoes.  Mine was just under
$20.  It clamps to the table or counter - turn the handle - it's made
of cast iron or really heavyweight alloy.

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From: jtemsmom 
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 21:54:26 GMT
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I have one of these gadgets it is called "the potato twister"
they run here about $11.99
Thanks for mentioning it ! I havent used mine in years!
Think I will make twistie fries tonite for the kiddies.
Thank you!

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From: A Ferszt 
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 09:11:45 -0600
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We bought one at Woolie's or similar for a couple of
dollars...called something like a vegetable trimmer or
whatever. Still available in dollar/pound stores, sometimes
as part of a garnish set.

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From: "Dottie Brundige" 
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 13:44:52 -0400
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We have an electric one that we picked up at Wal-Mart about 4 years ago.  It
was a Presto, and it still works great.  (And it's speedy, too).  I  think
it was around $20.

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From: Stan Horwitz 
Date: 12 Sep 2000 13:48:21 GMT
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Any decent cookwares store in your area should see these
or certainly tell you where else in your area they might be sold.

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From: Brian Huntley 
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 17:26:47 GMT
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Once spiraled, you can then make a single quick radial cut (ie from edge
to center and end up with a stack of thin potato disks. (Yeah, they have
radial slits, but for all intents they're disks.) Great for whatzit -
Potatoes Anna, Scallop, what have you.

My lastest gadget - a crinkle/waffle cutter. Can't wait to try it out.


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