This $10 Kitchen Find Cut My Meal Prep Time in Half

updated May 3, 2019
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I’ll be honest: I don’t get hyped about kitchen wares very often. Sure the occasional blender or zoodle-maker will come along and get me hyped for a week or two, but rarely does a non-traditional utensil stay in my lone kitchen drawer for long. (I know, one drawer—New York City kitchens are crazy.)

That is until this past weekend, when I caught wind of the final few minutes of a “Today” show segment with Heather Dubrow, former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, giving a tour of her newly remodeled—and Khloe Kardashian-inspired—multi-million dollar kitchen.

Despite being furnished with high-end appliances like a $3,000 coffee machine and a self-cleaning refrigerator, the one thing in her kitchen Dubrow could not stop raving about was a $10 Clever Cutter—a scissor-style all-in-one knife and cutting board.

I ordered one immediately. (With free one-day shipping—thanks, Amazon Prime!)

To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. After chopping up everything in my fridge, (aka a carrot, two bananas, a block of cheese, and a box of mushrooms) with essentially one hand in less than a minute, I spent the rest of the afternoon texting everyone I know about how great these contraptions are while planning a slew of chop-savvy meals—skillet eggplant parm, anyone?

Comprised of an angled stainless steel knife and a built-in cutting board, Clever Cutters are designed with an ergonomic pressure handle that allows you to safely chop, cut, slice, and dice just about anything you can, well, chop, cut, slice, or dice—all in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is hold your choice piece of fruit, meat, cheese, and veggies in one hand, and the Clever Cutter in the other, and you can chop directly onto a plate, into a bowl, or pan just like that!

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Plus there’s a safety latch for closing and locking your Clever Cutter before storing it. And they’re totally dishwasher safe—if you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher (which I don’t—the New York City kitchen strikes again).

Still not sold? Don’t forget these one-handed wonders will only set you back ten bucks a pop on Amazon. Meaning you can free yourself of tedious dinner prep work—and the need for a cutting board—for less than the price of an order from your favorite takeout place.