Corn Twister from Kuhn Rikon

The Corn Twister from Kuhn Rikon retails for $16 and is widely available online. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

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Looking for a simple way to remove corn from the cob without using a knife? The handy little Corn Twister from Kuhn Rikon should be able to help.

Unlike a knife, whose straight edge can make a mess of kernels as they’re cut from the cob, the Corn Twister comes with an incredibly sharp, round stainless steel blade, attached to a yellow tube. Fit the tube over an ear of corn and, as you push it over the cob, the blade rotates, cleanly slicing the kernels away.

The two-part gadget also comes with a green silicone sleeve made to look like leaves. The sleeve fits over the other end of the ear, providing a good grip and shielding your hand from the blade.

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The Corn Twister effortlessly handled every ear of corn we threw at it in the Test Kitchen, though some online reviews mention the tube has a hard time fitting over larger ears of corn (the tube is about 1 1/4 inches in diameter).

Normally not a fan of single-use gadgets, this is one tool I’d make an exception for in my kitchen. The compact gadget is about 3.75 inches long and weighs just under 2 ounces. It retails for $16 and can be found at select cooking supply stores, and is widely available online.

If you have any gadgets, kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

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