Monday, November 20, 2006

Cooking essentials- the vegetable peeler


According to Epicurious.com, a vegetable peeler is "a kitchen utensil designed to peel away the outer skin of vegetables. Vegetable peelers come in many designs and are made from a variety of materials. The better ones have a swivel-action blade that conforms to the contour of the vegetable being peeled, thereby cutting away a minimum of skin."

This is what my vegetable peeler looks like...


I remember when my mom was teaching me to peel potatoes. She gave me a small paring knife and, as hard as I tried, I kept taking off too much of the potato!! I tried and tried to just take off the peeling, but my hands weren't doing it properly. Then my mom gave me her vegetable peeler to use!! WOOHOO!! What a world of difference that was!! It took off just the potato skin and left the flesh intact. THANK YOU whoever invented this cooking essential!!!

What I use a vegetable peeler for:
-peeling potatoes of all kinds
-peeling carrots
-peeling parsnips
-peeling the skin off of fresh ginger
-getting "shavings" off of chocolate to make desserts more lovely

6 comments:

Marie said...

I love the vegetable peeler, when I was a kid. When I got married, I never found one that works as well as my Mother's did. And I have bought several. Mine just never cut nice and smoothly, and it is frustrating. Do you know of a brand that peels well?

Mrs. U said...

Hi Marie!!!
I use one from Pampered Chef. I LOVE IT!! I'm pretty hard on it, too. It's held up well for years.
www.pamperedchef.com

Happy cooking!!

His,
Mrs. U

Susan P. said...

Hi, I just wanted to "pop" in and wish you and your wonderful family a most blessed and special Thanksgiving:)
Love,
Susan P.

Dani said...

I have a love/hate relationship with my vegetable peeler... I love it for peeling, but hate it for poking the eyes out of potatoes... inevitably the the tip slips on the wet potato and I slice my finger... EVERY time... But yeah - so much better than a paring knife!!!

Susan said...

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Hugs & Blessings,
Susan Godfrey
http://www.susangodfrey.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

Hello, Mrs. U! I found you over at another blog and just had to stop by. What a nice little blog. I never mastered the art of peeling with a paring knife like my mother and ALL the ladies in my family of generations past. Thank goodness for my peeler!

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