Monday, June 21, 2010

Handy, Dishwasher-Safe Vegetable Brush: Cool Gear

With concerns mounting about pesticide residues on produce, being able to clean produce as well as possible before preparation suddenly takes on more importance. Oxo Good Grips Flexible Vegetable Brush has an outstanding set of reviews on Amazon, showing very high satisfaction from practically all of its users.

Oxo's vegetable brush gets kudos from its users by being easy to hold, even for people with arthritis, having the right amount of stiffness in its bristles, and being dishwasher-safe. Many users mention that they use it every day or practically every day, throw it in the dishwasher basket after using it, and wonder what they would do without it: "easy to maintain and ... DURABLE", "easy to hold and use", "Stiff enough to really clean the veggies ... and soft enough that it doesn't tear the skins", "size and grip is perfect", I use this every day; don't know what I would do with out it", "dishwasher safe and sturdy", "fits near perfectly in the palm of your hand", "does a great job cleaning vegetables", "small enough to sit on top of your sink", "Scrubs my potatoes, turnips, carrots, beets and other such veggies perfectly", "Easy on arthritic hands." This product ends up with an outstanding ratio of positive to negative reviews (102/5). Oxo Good Grip's line focuses on making tools that are easy to hold and use. This vegetable brush, which has now been around for quite a few years, has a very clean look, excellent usability, and could well become a classic of design.

If your hands are very weak, an interesting alternative is Chef'n Vegetable Brush, which does not share the same clean design, but offers a finger lock on the back of the brush, guaranteeing a decent hold even with a very weak grip, as long as your third finger fits the ring. This vegetable brush is a much more recent introduction, and has gathered a modest, but excellent set of reviews. People love the finger holder and the ability to throw it into the dishwasher, and one user reports using it for over a year without loss of functionality: "It fits great in my hand and doesn't slip and slide around", "After each use, I put it on the top rack of my dishwasher and it stays clean", " It's easy to hold b/c of the finger slot which makes it easy to use", "I keep this by the sink and use it all the time." Beware if you have really thick fingers, as the finger lock may be a bit tight for you, despite its flexibility.

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