New Kitchen Tools from Cuisipro and VacuVan (and a Giveaway!)

And we have a winner!

Heather C

Thank you to everyone who participated, and be sure to check back soon for more kitchen gadget review and giveaways.

In my post last week about my favorite Thanksgiving gadgets, I realized that I own quite a few Cuisipro and VacuVan kitchen tools. So, I contacted the public relations company for the two companies to find out what is new for the 2009 holidays. And the good news? There is a giveaway!

CuisiproSifter Front_1
CuisiproSifter Front_1
The Cuisipro Flour Sifter is easy and smooth to use, and the single hand scoop lets a baker scoop up measured flour right into the sifter with one hand. Many of my recipes for baked goods call for sifting the flour, as it fluffs the flour which allows for easier absorption of liquid, and sifting sugar or cocoa is a great way to garnish finished baked goods.

The curved handle is designed so the flour sifter can hang over the edge of a mixing bowl so a baker can use both hands to add other ingredients. And the angled mesh opening releases the sifted ingredients neatly into the bowl, making cleanup much easier. And with a retail price of $14, it would be a great stocking stuffer or gift for your favorite baker (hint, hint!)

VacuVin Nut Cracker
VacuVin Nut Cracker
A few years ago, my sister gave me a lovely nutcracker set for Christmas, and it brought back loads of memories of cracking nuts in front of the fireplace during the holidays. The new Vacu Vin Nutcracker is a contemporary take on this old-fashioned tool, providing a stylish update.

You crack whole nuts by pressing the two ergonomically formed handles together and catching the nuts in the base tray. The nice part is, you don’t have to be a body builder to crack the nuts (Brazil nuts spring to mind), the nutcracker requires very little strength even on hard-shelled nuts. Retail price is about $25.

And finally, if the cold, cold winter has you thinking about tropical islands, then the new Pineapple Slicer from Vacu Vin might be just the ticket. I had heard about a tool like this before, and the Vacu Vin model is just as easy as can be. You cut the top off your pineapple, then use the slicer just like a corkscrew to remove the flesh in perfectly formed rings. The core is removed at the same time. All this sounds much easier than opening a can of pineapple pieces!

The Pineapple Slicer retails for $14, another great stocking stuff price. It comes in white or stainless steel. And now….


The contest is easy. One person will win all three of these exciting new tools. Deadline to enter is Monday, November 23, 7pm PST. To enter, you have a few options:

  1. Leave a comment (does not require a blog)
  2. Tweet about the contest on Twitter “@kitchengirl is giving away awesome Cuisipro and Vacu Vin kitchen tools and gadgets”
  3. Post the link to this contest on your Facebook page
  4. Tell a friend by sending them an email
  5. Blog about it on your site with a link back here

For items 2-5, please be sure to leave another comment when they are complete. More chances to win, don’t you know. Only residents of the United States are eligible. A winner will be drawn and notified on Monday, November 23rd, so please be sure to leave an email address (in the secret field) when you comment.


  1. I wish i could win!!!!! thank you for this!!!

  2. I love gadgets, even if they are uni-taskers. Alton Brown would hate me.

  3. Gadgets, gotta have more gadgets.

  4. Gudrun,
    I just started reading your blog (found it via Facebook), just in time for a contest!
    I posted this on my profile on FB as well.

  5. Wow, great contest. I would love any of these!

  6. It would be great to win these gadgets. Thank you for the chance to win, Gudrun.

  7. I think the pineapple slicer sounds like perfect.

  8. I want to win!! Talk about useful gadgets that don’t take up a ton of room. I might be able to enjoy pineapple!

  9. How fun, some kitchen gadgets that are new to me! I am truly addicted to gadgets.

  10. Ooh, ahhh, that pineapple slicer looks especially awesome.

  11. And I just tweeted for you – @HeatherHAL

  12. Such interesting gadgets! Thank you for this give away!

  13. I really want that flour sifter…I typically hate sifting. This tool makes it so much easier!

  14. The flour sifter sounds amazing and I’m just hoping I win!

  15. Who knew they made sifters so cool looking! And, pineapple slicing will never be the same… what other cool gadgets are out there??

  16. These are very useful kitchen tools! Please enter me!

  17. I would love to win these. I have been looking into getting a pineapple corer!

  18. It is hard to find a good nutcracker. This one looks like it could be a winner.

  19. These look like great Christmas gifts to myself!!!

  20. Wow, all three would be useful to me.

  21. I love both of these companies and would really like to win the new products.

  22. Love the Cuisipro Flour Sifter. All 3 are very useful gadgets.

  23. Brilliant little goodies/gadgets! They all look like a lot of fun!

    (in Canada)

  24. Everything is so useful for our kitchen use

  25. I would like to win this.

  26. I am envious (unless I win). I have the old fashioned sifter that clogs and the handle sticks and Yada-Yada_Yada! Ty for the Giveaway.

  27. I could use these tools.

  28. I would just love to win these gadgets! Cooking is greatest joy ( um, oh, and so’s my husband)

  29. FUN!! I would love to have these gadgets in my kitchen!

  30. I am a kitchen gadget junkie, but I do not have any of these. I would love the pineapple slicer!

  31. we are gadget nuts here love the pineapple slicer

  32. Would love to win this! Thanks!

  33. The curved handle on the flour sifter so it can hang on a bowl is a cool idea, love gadgets!

  34. Roxanne Ellis Raymond

    Some very cool tools!

  35. I didn’t know that these great gadgets were available. I love to cook, but hate some of tedius clan up. Thanks for bringing me up to date.

  36. Great gadgets & I don’t have any of them!

  37. I’d love to have every one of these gadgets and would put them to very good use.

  38. The Pineapple Slicer rocks!

  39. Can never have too many gadgets, you sometimes need more drawers though….

  40. I love kitchen gadgets.

  41. This is the perfect giveaway for me! On my Christmas wish list I have a flour sifter listed! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I enjoy trying new gadgets in the kitchen

  43. How fun, some kitchen gadgets that are new to me! I am truly addicted to gadgets

  44. I would love to win these. A person can never have too many kitchen gadgest.

  45. I could certainly use the nutcracker. I have 3 producing pecan trees in my backyard and a ton of nuts but cracking them by hand is the pits.

  46. That is some pretty cool gadgets.I would love to win.
    Thanks for the giveaway:)

  47. My Mom and Dad have got into the kick of eating fresh pineapples lately. They cut them by hand. Would love to show up with the Pineapple Slicer and make their day. 😀

  48. I am interested in the gadgets; especially the flour sifter.

  49. I love all these! Fingers crossed!

  50. Deborah Wellenstein

    I adore kitchen gadgets. Thanks!

  51. I love to cook and bake!

  52. my hubby is a chef and would LOVE these tools!

    I’d love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.


  53. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  54. I love to cook and I love gadgets!
    .-= Deci Worland-MacKinnon´s last blog ..Carolyn’s Kitchen giveaway. =-.

  55. You’re living up to your blog name now! Cool gadgets–all of them. I love that the sifter sits on the side of the bowl, that the nut cracker is so well designed, and what a neat pineapple tool. I could use all of these. The one I use the most right now is the sifter, but mine is very old school. 😉 BTW, we’ve been thinking about tropical warmth and fun, so we just book a trip to Key West between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 🙂
    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Super Easy Turkey Breast and Surprise Stuffing =-.

  56. I’ve actually always wanted a pineapple slicer like that! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  57. I tweeted. Will do more later. 🙂

    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Super Easy Turkey Breast and Surprise Stuffing =-.

  58. Great items – thank you for the chance!

  59. These are great gadgets. Thanks

  60. I am a kitchen gadget person! Thank you!

  61. This looks handy, I’d like to add it to my gadgets

  62. I love kitchen gadgets. I need these for my collection.

  63. I’m always looking for more kitchen gadgets. Would be so great to win.

  64. I REALLLY like that pineapple slicer!! Thanks for the chance.

  65. OMG – we eat pineapple all the time! This slicer would be wonderful

  66. This would be great to win; a pineapple slicer would come in handy here. Thanks for the chance.

  67. Great giveaway

  68. Wow, I can crack my nuts, sift my flour, and slice my pineapples while reading blogs!

  69. I’m entering 🙂

  70. Gadgets, did you say gadgets. I could really use the
    pineapple slicer. I do it with a knife now and by the time I’m finished I’m covered in juice.

  71. The Pineapple slicer would be sweet because we just don’t have pineapple because it is so hard to cut.

  72. Gadgets are good. Thanks for the chance.

  73. I would love to win the nutcracker. The one we have could not seem to crack the brazil nuts we had during the holidays last year.

  74. You found some really handy gadgets – I NEED that sifter 😉

  75. My husband loves to be in the kitchen. These would make great gifts. Thanks

  76. The nut cracker brings back memories of my childhood.

  77. Ooh, a pineapple corer! I always end up slicing ours poorly and I hate the hard parts.

    Thanks for the chance.

  78. The gadgets would be helpful

  79. I absolutely love all type of kitchen gadgets. Thanks for the opportunity.
    .-= Carolyn G´s last blog ..Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Superhighway Tour Website Review and Giveaway =-.

  80. I LOVE gadgets. Have so many, I should probably redo my kitchen to accommodate them.

  81. Must. Have. Gadgets.

    And I’m wondering if that nutcracker will crack the nuts from our walnut tree. Seriously, I’m tired of having to use a hammer on the darn things.

  82. Such brilliant gadgets 🙂

  83. this sounds wonderful thanks

  84. Thanks for a chance to win this!

  85. I Tweeted. (hstamper)

  86. OH that’s one amazing bunch of prizes. I hope I win!

  87. How wonderful! I love kitchen gadgets and this pineapple tool looks especially good! Thank you!

  88. I would love to win and I tweeted

    thank you!

  89. I would love to have these in my kitchen!!

  90. I love kitchen gadgets and the pineapple slicer sounds like it would make life easier.

  91. i have always wanted one of those pineapple things! hope I win!

  92. great gadgets… we don’t have any of these yet!

  93. how sad as it, as much as i bake i do not own a sifter! would love to win this!

  94. These would be an excellent addition to my kitchen!

  95. Awesome gadgets! Especially the flour sifter. I’d get so much use out of that 🙂

  96. Great giveaway this would be very helpful in the kitchen!

  97. love your blog!!! from one fellow foodie gadget girl to another – Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  98. I could really use these — thanks for running the contest!

  99. I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

  100. Great giveaway, those are awesome tools.

  101. Always looking for more great gadgets! Would love to win

  102. That pineapple Slicer would really come in handy here! I love fresh pineapple, but it’s such a pain!

  103. my kids would love,love,love the pineapple gadget most of all. thanks for the giveaway.

  104. Yes please great prize!! I hate cutting a pineapple! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m going to tweet now.

  105. I love anything for my kitchen — and these look like fun.

  106. I am a pineapple junkie but never buy it fresh because it is impossible to slice. This would be amazing to have!

  107. these fun kitchen gadgets would sure help me out

  108. Kitchen Gadgets are always fun! My nutcracker went missing this summer. I think the grandkids used it for some great experiment and now I can’t find it.

  109. I love these unique gadgets. Would love to give them all a try!

  110. Helpful home kitchen gadgets are a great thing for cooking

  111. great prizes!

  112. I wouldl love these kitchen gadgets

  113. I am a kitchen gadget freak… I really like the sifter and I know my pineapple fiend child would like the pineapple slicer

  114. I would love a pineapple slicer! thank you for the chance!

  115. These kitchen toold would come in very handy and my kitchen would sing their praises.

  116. These tools would be a great addition to the kitchen, esp that flour sifter because mine is so small and cheap! Thanks for the giveaway!

  117. Love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win these great gadgets!

  118. I’d really love these gadgets!

  119. Could certainly use a new flour sifter.

  120. Wow! It would be great if I could win this! I’m moving into my first apartment and could really use the new gadgets! 🙂

  121. The flour sifter is my favorite. I love your blog! Thanks so much for the contest!

  122. I shared this contest with everyone on my Facebook…good luck with your blog!

  123. I’d love to win these amazing products!

  124. I could totally use these gadgets!

  125. That Pineapple Slicer from Vacu Vin would get a lot of use in my kitchen.

  126. What a great collection of gadgets.

  127. I really love fresh pineapple and would love the pineapple slicer-thanks for the chance 🙂

  128. These would be great for baking

  129. I love some cool kitchen gadgets. Thanks for the chance


  130. I could really use all of these products so I hope I win!

  131. The sifter would be a great asset in my kitchen!
    .-= Bebemiqui´s last blog ..The Role of the Holy Spirit =-.

  132. I’d love to win these, thanks for the chance!

  133. These are great, handy tools! I would love to win.
    .-= tuesday´s last blog ..The One With The Video =-.

  134. My hubby and I both are gadget nuts we would love to win these thanks for the chance to win

  135. Great gadgets.

  136. I was not aware of these brands. I’ll be looking into them. The pineapple slicer looks like a dream for my kitchen.

  137. We need to update our kitchen appliances. Thank you

  138. These sound like great gadgets, thanks for the giveaway!

  139. I love these gadgets. Hope I win.

  140. How cool! I especially hate trying to cut up a pineapple!

  141. Please enter me 🙂

  142. Very nice gadgets,the nutcracker is so neat,have never
    seen one like that.These would sure make life alot easier.Thanks for the giveaway

  143. Sweet! I could really use some of these things. The other? Merry Christmas!

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