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Vegetable peeler

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok this is a dumb question, but I am eternally frustrated by how crappy the veggie peelers I buy are. Some work well for a little while but dull so quickly that the barely function. Is this just the reality of peelers? You use them till they suck and throw em out? Should I just buy the cheapest one I can find?

Restaurant guys - what do they use in professional kitchens?
post #2 of 21
Cook's Illustrated did a product review on a variety of vegetable peelers a few years back. They highly recommended both the Messermeister Pro-Touch Swivel Peeler, and the OXO I-Series Swivel Peeler, both relatively inexpensive options.
post #3 of 21
does anyone have this peeler? the handle seems like it might be slippery, but who knows. http://kioskkiosk.com/c/81/p/595/Fam...le-Peeler.html
post #4 of 21
I highly recommend a Japanese-style one:

post #5 of 21
I use a Tasker peeler, extremely sharp and comfortable. Sometimes hard to find. Don't put them in the dishwasher tho.
post #6 of 21
Try a Kyocera ceramic peeler
post #7 of 21
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Try a Kyocera ceramic peeler

+100. I was skeptical but am totally convinced. These things are wicked sharp.
post #8 of 21
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+100. I was skeptical but am totally convinced. These things are wicked sharp.
Yeah, they are really great.
post #9 of 21
i like the oxo for most things, and i've got a serrated messermeister for others. i think it's a matter of preference whether you like yoke-style peelers or swivel peelers. And i actually find a really sharp peeler (like the messermeister) is sometimes disadvantageous because it takes a lot more than i want it to (including tips of my thumbs if i'm going quickly).
post #10 of 21
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Love this place, thanks for all the answers. Post in frustration and receive a bunch of great suggestions.

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Try a Kyocera ceramic peeler

This guy? http://www.amazon.com/Kyocera-KC-P1-.../dp/B0000VLQUC

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Cook's Illustrated did a product review on a variety of vegetable peelers a few years back. They highly recommended both the Messermeister Pro-Touch Swivel Peeler, and the OXO I-Series Swivel Peeler, both relatively inexpensive options.

Definitely respect Cook's Illustrated.

Think I can find any of these without having to order it online? Sur la table, w&s, etc? or Would it be cheaper just to order?
post #11 of 21
i dont' think there's that much price difference. i use the messermeister for just a few tasks, like peeling raw peppers, etc. the oxo is my go-to. you can often find them at marshall's, don't remember how much.
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post #13 of 21
OK, here's a weird spin on it ... how many people peel pushing away from your body, and how many peel pulling toward it? I see lots of people pulling toward, but I learned to push away and it just feels wrong to do otherwise. and i think those yoke peelers definitely do better pulling toward.
post #14 of 21
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OK, here's a weird spin on it ... how many people peel pushing away from your body, and how many peel pulling toward it? I see lots of people pulling toward, but I learned to push away and it just feels wrong to do otherwise. and i think those yoke peelers definitely do better pulling toward.

I listen to Jacques Pepin who says you should pull toward. BTW, I like the OXO peeler, the kind with the blades parallel to the handle.
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OK, here's a weird spin on it ... how many people peel pushing away from your body, and how many peel pulling toward it? I see lots of people pulling toward, but I learned to push away and it just feels wrong to do otherwise. and i think those yoke peelers definitely do better pulling toward.
It depends on what I am peeling.
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