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#1 Kerry Beal

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 06:32 PM

A couple of weeks ago, while looking for a double handled cheese knife on e-bay to cut caramels, I happened upon this little number that is used to cut cheese into cubes.

It has fixed wires 7/8 inch spacing and cuts 24 pieces.

I cut some pates de fruit with it tonight, but the pieces are kind of small. I suspect it might work quite nicely for ganache, given that I prefer to make small pieces.

Should tide me over until I finally aquire a real guitar, which seems to be taking a bit longer than anticipated.

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#2 Jmahl

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 07:23 PM

What a neat gizmo. Where was it made?

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#3 ejw50

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:40 PM

I always love these "ebay" posts. I just discovered ebay myself and bought a dental vibrator (thanks to this forum's suggestions) as well as vanilla beans (again, another forum suggestion) and a dehumidifier so I can continue to practice during the summers.

The one item I really wanted to try, but might not have enough $$ for, is a vacuum mixer. Of all the crazy ebay things to try, that is one I would like to try the most.

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#4 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 04:03 AM

What a neat gizmo.  Where was it made? 

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It is made by Prince Castle which is an american company, not sure exactly where this unit was put together however. It's old, they don't offer anything like it anymore. I bet Andi would know more about it.

#5 ejw50

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 05:10 AM

and how much did it cost?

#6 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:00 AM

and how much did it cost?

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With shipping it was around $100.

#7 Tweety69bird

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:09 AM

Kerry,
Didn't you purchase one from D&R after all of your hard work getting a deal for eGulleters?
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#8 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:51 PM

Kerry,
Didn't you purchase one from D&R after all of your hard work getting a deal for eGulleters?

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Didn't end up getting it. By the time everyone decided to look at other options I didn't quite get around to it. I don't know if anyone ended up getting one. I felt very guilty for getting Nicolas from DR all worked up, then not coming through. I'm working on one from Germany, but we'll see what happens.

#9 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:26 PM

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I needed to cut a small sample batch of ganache today, but didn't want to be bothered to pull out the guitar and clean it after. I had found this little cheese cutter at Value Village a month or so back, and decided to use it to cut my ganache.

Worked a treat - the wire goes right though the entire width of the cheese cutter, unlike the set up on some of the marble cheese cutters I have seen.

I think it cost me about $2.

#10 Darienne

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 08:46 PM

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I needed to cut a small sample batch of ganache today, but didn't want to be bothered to pull out the guitar and clean it after.  I had found this little cheese cutter at Value Village a month or so back, and decided to use it to cut my ganache.

Worked a treat - the wire goes right though the entire width of the cheese cutter, unlike the set up on some of the marble cheese cutters I have seen.

I think it cost me about $2.

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O that is so good. So clever. I just love unexpected bargains like that. Good going. ...think my DH could put together something like that... :wink:
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#11 Edward J

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 09:45 PM

My "poor mans version" is a "Kook-e Kutter" picked up from a bus-tub of assorted crud at Nicholson's (www.nicholsons) a large new & used bakery supplier in Vancouver.

What this is, is a trough of about 12" long that is divided into 3/8" wide sections. The hinged top part is a frame strung with piano wire and cuts only in 3/8" wide slices. The wire is one long piece and is only tightened by only one (1!) key that looks very much like a guitar (the musical kind) key.

This device is used to cut logs of cookie dough into 3/8" slices and I use it quite frequently for this purpose.

However.....If I pour my ganache into 1" tubes, I can slice the ganache into 3/8" "coins" which are pretty much ideal.

For squares I use my wheeled cutter. Matfer does make a device like this, basically a rolling pin with anywhere from 24-36 s/s discs, but this retails for somewhere around $300. Nicholsons sells the s/s discs for around $2 a wheel. It's pretty simple to string them on a piece of threaded redi-rod and turn some wooden handles and spacer blocks.

Works fairly well for cutting ganache.

#12 Kerry Beal

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 04:31 AM

My "poor mans version" is a "Kook-e Kutter" picked up from a bus-tub of assorted crud at Nicholson's (www.nicholsons)  a large new & used bakery supplier in Vancouver.

What this is, is a trough of about 12" long that is divided into 3/8" wide sections.  The hinged top part is a frame strung with piano wire and cuts only in 3/8" wide slices.  The wire is one long piece and is only tightened by only one (1!) key that looks very much like a guitar (the musical kind) key.

This device is used to cut logs of cookie dough into 3/8" slices and I use it quite frequently for this purpose.

However.....If I pour my ganache into 1" tubes, I can slice the ganache into 3/8" "coins" which are pretty much ideal.

For squares I use my wheeled cutter.  Matfer does make a device like this, basically a rolling pin with anywhere from 24-36 s/s discs, but this retails for somewhere around $300.  Nicholsons sells the s/s discs for around $2 a wheel.  It's pretty simple to string them on a piece of threaded redi-rod and turn some wooden handles and spacer blocks.

Works fairly well for cutting ganache.

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Can you post a picture? I'm curious as to what this looks like.

#13 Lior

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 06:24 AM

wow I just love allof these poor man cutters!! I want them all!!!!

#14 khanners

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:26 AM

very interesting mellon baller tedious  thank you for ideas