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Kitchen Equipment Review: Prep N' Pop

Equipment Lab: Prep N' Pop

Call me crazy, but I'm wary of products that are marketed "as seen on TV." Sure, the Magic Bullet looks pretty tempting at 2 a.m., but I've never actually made the plunge and picked up the phone to order. Perhaps someone was hoping to convert me. One recent day, the Prep N' Pop arrived in the mail. This contraption, which looks like a distant relative of a bike pump, promises to help secure foods while prepping them, thereby making peeling, chopping, and slicing easier, quicker, and safer. Did it completely overhaul my kitchen prep process? To find out, head right this way.

This product, which retails for $16.50, isn't available in stores, but can be purchased via home shopping channel QVC. I used the plastic-and-steel tool while making dinner on a range of fruits and vegetables from onions to apples to potatoes. The Prep N' Pop came with instructions, but it was fairly self-explanatory. It's a simple concept, with a trio of tines for piercing food, a loop for grasping onto the other end with your hands, and a spring in the middle to release the fruit, vegetable, or meat base when you're finished prepping it.

Benefits:

  • Because the kitchen tool is designed to hold and secure foods that are difficult to handle, it comes in handy when peeling slippery, easy-to-stain beets, or awkwardly-shaped vegetables (such as corn) right out of the steamer. And the "popping" part is pretty fun!

Drawbacks:

  • The appliance is designed to release foods with the push of a button, so you can peel easy-to-stain vegetables like beets without having to ever touch them. But what about the portion of produce that's obscured at the base? There's no way to properly peel that without removing it from the Prep N' Pop with your hands.
  • The same goes for the Prep N' Pop's promise of hands-free onion chopping. What happens when the layers of onion naturally separate? When I attempted to dice an onion using the tool, all I was left with was a heaping mess of unevenly-cut onion pieces.

In summary: As much as I wanted to like the Prep N' Pop, it's simply unnecessary. If you consume a lot of cooked corn on the cob, it might be worth the price. But to flip or slice meat, you're better off using a fork. For those who loathe peeling beets or chopping onions, reach for gloves, and use an anti-odor soap afterward. Hoping to chop faster? Just keep at those knife skills — practice makes perfect.


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JanetDim JanetDim 3 years
ON THE CONTRARY! Dear Popsugar- You have not given this tool the credit it deserves! I am 57 years old and have had progressive rheumatoid arthritis in my hands since my late twenties. I am now able to enjoy my love of cooking once again because of the Prep N' Pop! This tool makes preparing (not all, but many) of my foods so much easier and I don't have to worry about cutting myself anymore. When I purchased this product from QVC they mentioned it received the National Arthritis Foundation's Ease of Use Commendation and I can tell you first hand I can see why! Not only has it given me a new lease on life in the kitchen but my grandchildren actually look forward to helping me peel potatoes now (LOL)…and we do it in half the time!
Akasha Akasha 5 years
I love my Magic Bullets... both of them, but for the purposes of this post the food prep item. I use it for smoothies daily, and it's great for mixing up crepe mixes, salsas, guac, nut butters, and spice mixes. I like the thing so much that when the motor blew on mine, I went into appliance depression for five days until I could replace it.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I have a Magic Bullet and I use it daily. Then again, I'm talking about the food prep item, and not the vibrator. ;)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Fuzzles, not that one! :oops: This one! I seriously want the Salad Chef. I am thinking about buying it for my parents. Is that ridiculous or what?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
"Sure, the Magic Bullet looks pretty good at 2 a.m....." :rotfl: http://www.eroticnights4u.com/one-touch-magic-bullet-vibrator.html Me thinks that someone wasn't watching Food Network! *ducking* ;)
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