If you’re like me, and enjoy cooking, you know how important it is to have the right kitchen tools to be able to prepare delicious food in a reasonable amount of time. Using the right pots and pans, spatulas, bowls, knives, and peelers can save you time and trouble and make cooking much more pleasant. While most of us do pay attention to the more commonly used kitchen items such as bowls and knives, we may overlook the importance of having a good peeler. This is a wonderful little tool that comes in very handy when you want to peel vegetables or fruits. Having a good peeler makes preparing these much quicker, easier, and safer. Here are some things to consider when choosing a good peeler.
1. The design. The first thing you want to decide on is the shape of the peeler. There are two basic kinds: the y-shaped peeler (blade is perpendicular to the handle; also called yoke-shaped peeler) and the vertical blade peeler (the blade is parallel to the handle).The vertical blade peeler is more suitable for long vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers and carrots. A peeler with a blade that has a serrated edgeis especially useful for peeling thin-skinned vegetables such as tomatoes and kiwi. Also look for a size that will fit comfortably in your hand. A peeler with a good grip and a non-slip handle is ideal. Try these out to see which works best for you.
2. The material.Whichever type of peeler you decide to buy, the most important part of it is making sure it has a sharp blade. Dull, cheap blades can break or rust easily and are unsafe. If you are left-handed, make sure the blade is two-sided so that it is universal for both right-handers and left-handers.If you would like to buy an expensive peeler that has a ceramic blade, know that the ceramic blade will not react with the acids in fruits and veggies like tomatoes or apples, and will also keep its edge longer. Once you have decided on the type of blade, it might also be worthwhile to think about a handle that you can comfortably grip in your hand. Metal handles can be uncomfortable and slippery, while wooden handles can be a haven for bacteria to grow. Plastic is generally considered to be the best choice- it is inexpensive, durable, hygienic, and can come in a variety of colors and shapes.
3. Cost.When shopping for a peeler, you will find a wide variety of shapes, sizes,colors, and interchangeable parts. Consider what you are mainly going to be using the peeler for, and how much you would like to spend on your purchase. While getting a peeler with multiple blades might seem like a good idea, invest in it only if you are going to use these attachments. Quite often, these extra parts lie forgotten in the back of a kitchen drawer and are not worth purchasing.
Read this article for tips to easily choose the right peeler. Peel vegetables and fruits easily and quickly by buying a peeler with a sharp blade and a handle with a good grip.