Tools for Preparing Fruit
A paring knife is the most useful tool for peeling, pitting, stemming, and cleaning fruit. Some other specialty tools can help you prepare fruit more easily, though.
Cherry pitter: It looks suspiciously like a painful dental tool, but this device is designed to remove pits from cherries. If you make a dish that includes cherries, a cherry pitter is a real timesaver.
Citrus juicer (reamer): The inexpensive citrus juicer should be near your work counter at all times because so many recipes call for lemon juice.
Citrus stripper: This tool has a little protrusion that peels away one neat strip of citrus zest. It also works on cucumbers, beets, carrots, and other firm vegetables.
Citrus zester: This tool has five little holes at the end for peeling threads of lemon zest (also limes and oranges). It also works on firm vegetables, such as carrots and beets.
Mandoline: This tool has nothing to do with ethnic music. The French mandoline is a device that slices, juliennes (cuts thin strips on a bias), and waffle-cuts fruits and vegetables. The food item is placed in a little compartment and held in place by a handle. You run the food over an adjustable blade. Be extremely cautious when running foods over these sharp blades.