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Feb 16, 2009 05:08 PM

A better thing for peeling veggies?

I've always used the old fashioned straight thing for pealing potatoes, apples, carrots....the one with two blades that can run either way on a carrot. It doesn' t help that I don't know the proper name for what I do use.
Now on Top Chef, I've seen contestants using a different pealer, one that has a curved pealing blade and that sort of looks like half of an eyelash crimper (sorry if that is too old fashioned a reference, but there aren't many things that shape).

Anyway, is the TC thing an improvement, what do you call it, and where do you buy it. (Unless it doesn't work.)

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  1. I use my standard peeler, still have it, still works. I guess I am a old fashioned cook, I can cook with a simple knife and spoon and plain old pots and pans. To me it is the cook and not the equipment. Technically a small knife would work too rather than a peeler. I make do with whatever I have. I don't replace anything until it breaks, and then me ... I don't spend top dollar. I buy medium priced, decent quality.

    I know what you mean and have seen them. I would probably go back to my old standard unless I got it as a gift.

    1. hmm, I have a hard time visualizing what you mean.

      A lot of swivel peelers are kind of eyelash curler shaped, but the blades themselves are straight. Haven't seen the curved blade one on TC.

      1. A Y peeler? It has more of a slingshot appearance? I can't think of anything else it could be, but you can buy them online in various places like Amazon. It still has the same straight blade as the standard peeler, so I don't really know whether it would be better. It probably just depends on how you prefer to hold the peeler. To me it just seems like the standard is more intuitive.

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        1. re: queencru

          That's it, I'm sure. There are no widely available peelers (if any) that have a curved blade. It's no better or worse for peeling veggies. The ones seen on Top Chef are simply a Y peeler. There are countless manufacturers as queen mentioned.

          1. re: Jack_

            Pretty much the same idea as a Y peeler isn't it?

            1. re: HaagenDazs

              Yea, pretty much but I like the handle and how you hold it better than a Y type

              1. re: Jack_

                Gotcha - it is a wider hand-hold, you're right.

                1. re: HaagenDazs

                  And you really gotta watch the videos of Joe Ades with this thing. I first saw him in 1990 and would often see him around selling these things, what a master

                  1. re: Jack_

                    I didn't realize he had died, wow. I did get a glimpse of him in Union Square. I bought one of these from a different salesman who was set up here in DC, at Eastern Market, who was also a whiz. It's a great peeler, way better than what I had before. It did help to have had him show me how to use it -- without him correcting my technique, I would have thought it was nothing special. Not that I can do what those salesmen can with it.

            2. re: Jack_

              Thanks for the youtube site. I saw the obit, but I did not know about the video. Makes me want to go buy a peeler!!

            3. We have the Oxo straight ones and a Kyocera yoke-style with the ceramic blade. The Kyocera is a recent replacement for an earlier one that vaporized. I really like it, but the handle isn't as comfortable as the earlier version, and you have to adjust how you hold stuff to use it.