Handy Chef Kitchen Utensil
By: Amy Jacquin
You have to have the right utensil before you can do anything in the kitchen. Or maybe you can just reach for the Handy Chef. It claims to be six utensils rolled into one.
Many people in the Fredericktown area know Debbie Schneider for her cooking. She's handy in the kitchen, but always looking for a way to be more efficient. That's why we asked her to help test the $15 Handy Chef.
"I have a drawer full of utensils over there," says Debbie. "This thing is supposed to take care of six of them. We'll see."
Makers of the Handy Chef don't include any directions with their product... but they do show pictures on the box. So that's what we try to duplicate.
"Let's see what we can do with a pancake," Debbie says, after seeing the picture of Handy Chef working like a spatula.
Debbie navigates most often with a wheelchair, so she's hoping the Handy Chef prevents her from running after various utensils.
"These are metal, and you have non-stick pans," Amy Jacquin says.
"Are you scared about using them on non-stick?"
"No, not at all," answers Debbie.
The Handy Chef turns the pancake, but the key is making sure it's firm enough before flipping.
"I don't think I'd give-away my pancake turner," Debbie summarizes.
Looking at the pixtures, it seems to be turned more like a tong instead of a spatula when picking up an egg... which Debbie does pretty easily.
"Does it feel like you have it securely?" Amy questions.
"Yes, look!" Debbie says as she wiggles her hand to prove the egg is firmly held.
Next, we try grabbing some spaghetti. But the noodles keep slipping out of the Handy Chef. We try... and try again...
"Nope," says Debbie. " I can't get a tight enough grip. Huh-uh."
Amy Jacquin gives it a try, with the same results, plus another lesson...
"The first time I was holding it... see where my pinky is? I opened it, and man did I get pinched right here!" Amy explains.
Next Debbie tries to whip some cream. We all know whipping cream by hand is next to impossible, but again, the box shows a beautiful bowl of fluffy, firm cream. But after about 5 minutes and very little progress, Debbie calls it quits.
"Well, it definitely won't whip cream," she says.
Finally, we try the Handy Chef instead of salad tongs. No problems with this, as long as you open the tool as wide as possible.
The Handy Chef is dishwasher safe. But even when it works, it isn't any more convenient than traditional utensils.
"I would not, absolutely not, give away my tools for that item," Debbie says. "No."