Felco 981 resin remover

Felco 981 resin remover

Experts tell us to clean and sharpen our secateurs regularly to prevent the spread of plant diseases and viruses and to ensure a good cut.


I’m not sure how you’re supposed to clean them between bushes without the pruning job taking forever. What I do is keep a Domestos surface wipe hanging out of a pocket and wipe the blades with that, hoping it will do the job and no harm. Feel free to tell me I’m wasting my time!

A bigger problem is the resin that gathers on the blades and clogs them up, making them hard to clean.

I’m sure there are other products can do this, but Felco 981 resin remover was the first product I was introduced to. And I love it! It cleans beautifully. Spray it on – a froth gathers on the blade – leave for a few minutes, then rub gently with a cloth (I use a bit of wire wool followed by some paper towel). The result is amazing. Not quite like new, but a huge improvement, and so easy. Now if you’re so minded you can sharpen the blade – another quick job and another tool. See here.

ProCook Apple Peeler

ProCook Apple Peeler

This is a device I would not be without. I have an old apple tree that is quite prolific, though the fruit is usually damaged – it’s either fallen from a great height and been bruised or played host at some point to some pest (who may still be in residence).


It’s difficult to throw out such a bounteous crop. This implement enables me to salvage a good portion.

You pull the winding mechanism back, put the apple on the spikes and then turn – driving it towards three cutting implements at the other end. One peels as the apple passes, the other cores and the third slices.

You are left with a lovely cored, peeled apple spiral. Removing the brown bits is a piece of cake from here – I chop the rest and make stewed apple.

The apple spirals go down well with kids, who love turning the handle and watching it go to work. And it’s not too difficult to clean.


Runner bean slicer and stringer

Runner bean slicer and stringer

The problem with runner beans is that one minute they’re not ready. The next you’ve got a glut and they’re going stringy.


This was a gift. It has a sharp blade in one end for chopping off the ends. You then push the bean through a hole with a series of blades. It slices the beans and takes out the stringy bits.

Yes it works, and I do use it. It’s quick but you do have to push quite hard to get the bean through. And you have to like your beans finely sliced.

It’s ok, but not in the same league as the apple corer and slicer.