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Corn Twister easily removes corn from the cob without a knife

Corn Twister easily removes corn from the cob without a knife
The Corn Twister from Kuhn Rikon retails for $16 and is widely available online. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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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.

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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