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Vegetable Peelers – Is There a Difference?

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my favorite is the kind that does not swivel at all, looks like a strange knife with two slits stamped out lengthwise, where the sharp blade part is. I have the OXO and use the serrated one on fruit, but for anything else I use the fixed blade one. And I peel away right into the trash can.


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There are two types - one has the blade mounted at the tip of a Y handle (so that it looks a bit like a catapult?), and the other has the blade mounted in line with the grip, like a knife. I much prefer the Y-type peeler.

This.

Y- and U-shaped peelers are sometimes sold as 'speed peelers' with good reason. Unlike the 'knife-style' peelers they are less inclined to get clogged with apple/potato/whatever skin when peeling a large quantity of items. I'd also vote for one that doesn't swivel. If the blade is on a swivel eventually, I think, it'll break.

Born that way, I guess, but I love the order of peeling off very long, wide, neat strips of peel.


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I'm using a "Betty Crocker" brand vegetable peeler that was given to me by my GF. It's OK, but I'm not very pleased with the way it works. However, I've not tried other brands, so I really don't have a point of comparison.

Are all vegetable peelers pretty much the same? Are there some designs (are there other designs?) that work better? What do you use, why do you use it or like it, and have you made any comparisons?

Thanks!

...Shel

No, they are not the same. Get the OXO Good Grips peeler.


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Y-peeler (Kuhn Rikon) for everything except citrus. the Messermeister linked in a post above is perfect for getting planks of zest without pith.

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It makes a difference if you are right or left handed. Most kitchen tools are designed for right handed people. I bought my left handed daughter a Rosle left handed peeler as a gift and she says suddenly she can peel things easily. This goes for can openers too. Even some knives that are sharpened only on one edge.

Maybe there should be a thread about left handed issues in the kitchen?


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Maybe there should be a thread about left handed issues in the kitchen?

Here's a previous similar eGullet discussion:

"Left-Handed/Ambidextrous Tools & Utensils"


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Oxo good grips straight peeler here (from a leftie)

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messermeister is for the win, best peelers i ever used, even though (strangely enough) they are not available in europe why i have to source them from the us.

even at twice the price because of shipping they are still a great deal!

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It's been a while since this thread was started, and that's given me some time to check out a few suggestions. I decided on the Messermeister swivel peeler after trying an OXO peeler ... it just seemed to work better for me.

I never would have thought there'd be such differences in so simple an item. Thanks to all for your suggestions and info.


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The Kuhn Rikon Y-peeler is my favorite, even compared to other Y-peelers like Swissmar, and I definitely can no longer use swivel peelers. The key for me is the shorter handle which provides me greater control...necessary when you're peeling baby turnips, radishes and asparagus and still want to keep them nice and round.

However, I can see the pros of swivel peelers if you mainly peel large potatoes, carrots and the like and the concern is more of having a confident grip.

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I've tried several different peelers, I don't like the Y-shaped or U-shaped peelers at all.

The Oxo and Messermeister straight peelers that so many like are okay, but rather cumbersome.

I keep going back to the old Ekco (not the newer junky model) that I've used for years, it's by far the fastest peeler I've ever used.

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There are two grades of Oxo Swivel Peeler (straight):

The Pro model has replaceable blades:

I've tried many peelers over the years (ceramic or not, straight or not, various brands). Even a famous "cult" peeler, bought shortly before the vendor's death:

The Oxo Pro peeler is my favorite peeler of all, by a wide margin. I don't mind the heft. Replaceable blades cinches the deal. My hands do the voting. This isn't what I want to believe, this is what I reach for.


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Some miserable rat bastard "borrowed" my peeler off my station, and used it to peel bricks or something. Because now it is absolutely freakin' ruined. So now I need a new peeler.

I'm looking for a peeling lightsaber so I can 1) decapitate the person who borrowed my last peeler; and 2) peel things like a madman. Any recommendations?


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The Oxo peeler changed my whole perspective on peeling. It's sharper, easier to use, easier on the hands, and has lasted for years.

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Many of the comments are of the "I don't use it every day/don't need to peel pounds at a time" variety.

Well I do. I use a peeler every day, and peel pounds of veg every day. I spend roughly half an hour every day, peeling things. Also, I'm left handed. I'm not looking for the best value. I'm looking for the best, full-stop. Ideal peeler would have changeable blades (available in multi-packs), left-handed (or ambi), Y-shaped (I prefer them to knife-like peelers), heavy construction (no plastic). The Rosle swivel peeler looks like it might fit the criteria. I was hoping that there's a garde manger cook lurking who has a bead on the best peeler for a line-cook.

I don't mind spending $30 on a peeler if it's the last one I need to buy. Frankly, I don't mind spending $50 or $100 -- if there's something that is far and away superior in the world of peeling vegetables. Anything that can save me a few minutes is a godsend.


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I like the Kyocera Mega Peeler. Yes, the handle is plastic, but it's sturdy. The blade can be popped out and reversed for lefties. It's ceramic, so it will stay sharp for about 5 years. It's sharper than the average peeler, so it glides through food more easily. It cuts off thinner peels, so there's less waste. It doesn't weight much, so your hands don't get as tired. It's wider, so things like squash and big potatoes get peeled faster.

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I'm left-handed, too, and I love the Messermister. The OXO has a nice and squishy handle, but the Messermeister seems like the blade is sharper, and is one of those tools that gives that 'extension of your hand' feel. I don't know how many years we've had our peeler, but it's never been sharpened, and still zips skin off like magic.


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How much use does the Messermeister get? I need something I can go-to every day, half-an-hour a day, and peel asparagus into little strips. A couple quarts every day. That action seems to be hard on a peeler. And then of course I have my co-workers, who constantly raid my station because I use nice tools. "Easily-replaceable blades, sold in multipaks" is a must. The Messermeister does not appear to have that option. I don't have time to sharpen a peeler when I have only 15 minutes before service starts. I need to swap it out right now, and move to the next task.


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