Published September 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.
This odd-looking pair of large kitchen shears, sports dual spring-loaded curved blades and a plastic scoop beneath the blades to capture items for slicing. Can it make the cut?
The Toss and Chop Salad Scissors, an odd-looking pair of large kitchen shears, sports dual spring-loaded curved blades and a plastic scoop beneath the blades to capture items for slicing. The idea is that you can use them directly in a bowl, scooping and snipping lettuce, tomatoes, and more to create chopped salads. When we tried them on an assortment of vegetables, our first problem was that the scissors don’t open wide enough to get around anything thicker than a carrot or stalk of celery. A whole tomato or onion, say, or a head of romaine or iceberg is out of the question—so you still have to precut such items with a knife and cutting board before the scissors can go to work. (At that point, why not just finish the job with the knife?) As for the mashed, oozing, irregular-size chunks that the scissors made, even someone with lousy knife skills could do better.