In search of the perfect potato peeler

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2006/07/25 19:26:05 (permalink)

In search of the perfect potato peeler

Anyone who opened this topic knows what I am talking about. My mother had this potato peeler that she guarded with her life. In her bedroom, she has pictures of her dogs (now deceased) and her standing with her peeler behind a Mt.Ranier size plate of mashed potatoes. No pictures of her children or grandkids. Think about it. Some of us spend hundreds of dollars on knives (well not me, but work with me on this will you?)yet we think of a peeler, a utensil we may use several times a week, as inconsequential. I have one that is on it's last legs. It's reasonably comfortable in my hand but most importantly, it's sharp! The problem in buying a new one is that it's like peppermills. You don't find out they don't really do the job until you get it home and try it. If it doesn't, you really aren't going back to the store to return it (how lame would that look?) but it goes into the drawer with 15 other dull or flimsy peelers. Anyone know of one that is available out there that is sharp and won't run away from the first russet that it meets? Thanks. I feel better. Fred
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/25 19:45:04 (permalink)
    I bought one at Walmart for $1.50 and it works just fine. I use it for potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and other veggies that need peeling.

    Paul E. Smith
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    shortchef
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 10:59:33 (permalink)
    Mine is from Good Grips by OXO. I've had it several years and still love it. Soft black handle, sharp blade, paid $6.50 for it and worth every penny.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 11:14:51 (permalink)
    I have a Good Grips also and really like it.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 13:32:14 (permalink)
    Fred aka Fhoran... welcome to Roadfood by the way! I love the posts you have made so far! This one about your mom made me smile.

    I thought I was the perfect potato peeler when I worked for El Chico, but I cut my finger real bad and was moved to rolling enchaladas. That was the next day after the bleeding stoped! I have not used a knife for peeling potatoes since. In fact, maybe thats why I usually just leave the skins on.
    Joe
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 14:09:16 (permalink)
    I also use a Good Grips peeler, but for another reason. I have severe joint problems in my hands and cannot hold a small handle. The Good Grips is just right

    Anyone know of a company that makes knives with large handles? I'm a danger to myself and others with a paring knife that has a normal handle. (I'm not whining, it's just something I have to learn to work around)
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 14:37:01 (permalink)
    We must have a dozen old dull/ rusty peelers cluttering up our utility drawer - cant seem to part with them. I like the kind that sells for less than two bucks and is a kind of skeleton - hollow handle and floating hollow blade. My wife cant peel with one of those so she has a collection of another kind of two dollar peeler - solid wood or plastic handle, and fixed blade,usually stainless steel- and I cant peel with one of those!

    Cheers, John
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 17:36:50 (permalink)
    We have three peelers -- a straight peeler and a harp peeler (my wife likes the former and I like the latter), both made by OXO, and a serrated peeler by Zyliss that's good for thin-skinned things like tomatoes and peaches.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 17:58:09 (permalink)
    Im with PapaJoe..I seldom if ever peel potatos, if absolutley necessary I parboil the spuds and wash off the skin
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 18:00:39 (permalink)
    I do not peel potatoes but I peel squash, cucumbers, carrots, zuchinni and other veggies as I see fit. Cucumber skins are tough and in my opinion, they are not good.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 21:03:14 (permalink)
    I like peeled potatoes. I like peeled carrots. I like a lot of other peeled vegs. I have one of these, I bought my mother several, MIL has one.........made in Switzerland with a ceramic blade, called a "Kuhn Rikon". Best peeler I ever used. Blade never gets dull. Throw it into the dishwasher. Always works impeccably.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/26 23:57:11 (permalink)
    OXO is the way to go! I've had mine for about 3 years and peel potaties, carrots, chocolate, and just about anything else that gets in my way! Good product.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/27 00:41:45 (permalink)
    I wasn't too impressed with the OXO- I had an older one, so maybe they've improved on it, though. This is the one I currently have, and love:
    http://www.amazon.com/Zyliss-Smoothglide-Peeler/dp/B0000Y66KE/sr=8-12/qid=1153975204/ref=sr_1_12/103-0781132-6427054?ie=UTF8

    It peels nicely and somehow, the blade doesn't slice your finger open when you accidentally run over your knuckle with it.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/27 06:04:14 (permalink)
    I also have an early OXO not impressed, but I do have a knock off and like it so much I bought a back up. It's good to have numerous peelers on hand, it prevents cross contamination from veg to veg. Chow Jim
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/27 14:04:16 (permalink)
    You're right to be so cautious. Getting carrot blood on a potato, especially a raw one, can have very serious consequences.
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/27 23:57:58 (permalink)
    I have to speak up and say that I've heard nothing but raves from my customers about the Pampered Chef Veggie/Potato Peeler. The price is right, too....$3.50!!!
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/28 08:39:17 (permalink)
    Well after all these great responses, I am off on a mission. I am going to visit my sainted potato peeling mother next weekend. My older brother will be there as well. He's a retired Navy Chief and knows his way around a galley. I am going to buy one of each of the recommended peelers and we'll do a comparison, kind of like an America's Test Kitchen kind of thing except we'll do it under real cooking conditions, not like in a laboratory setting. This means I'll have to buy some beer for us to drink before we start and also have my dog running around getting in the way before we peel. I'll report back as I am sure some of you won't sleep until you know the results. Thanks for the advice!
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/30 07:53:28 (permalink)
    I just use a knife to peel.. Seems like with a peeler I have to go over areas too many times to get it clean. Could be I never found a decent one. But I can cut paper thin slices now, so there's no waste...
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/07/31 09:05:35 (permalink)
    We started the peeler testing. Ran into a snag on Friday night as my brother had bought some 3 Monts Ale and decided it would help us to peel under realistic kitchen conditions (in his house anyway). If you are unfamilar with 3 Monts,it a a Belgian style pale ale, made in France and it comes in a 750ml corked bottle. It also comes in at about 8% alcohol. Now my brother, after finishing his first one happened to notice that one of the peelers said "Euro peeler", which got him off on a discussion of international policy (he told me once that all Navy gunners are experts at "foreign relations"). Well about halfway into the second bottle, we decided that no foreign crisis was feeling any too imminent, and neither of us had any interest in peeling potatoes. (My sainted mother made some sarcastic comment about neither of us being in any condition to handle sharp objects either). Next day however, tried a couple. Results: Farberware makes reasonably good (the "Europeeler" - very sharp but not great in the hand)and pretty miserable ("Swivel Classic" - dull and blade bent on second spud). More testing to follow Fred
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/08/02 01:04:58 (permalink)
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/08/02 09:11:30 (permalink)
    Duplicate that photo fifty times and it would be a Warhol classic.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: In search of the perfect potato peeler 2006/08/02 09:43:11 (permalink)
    I have always used the dollar thing in the picture shown above until I tried out a black plastic handled wonder at Sur La Table. Manufactured by Messermeister it takes a bit more caution when used as it will remove part of you if you are careless. I tossed all the dollar ones and bought three of the Messermeisters.
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