Choppi electric garlic peeler aims to make life a little easier

Some kitchen chores are so tedious they defy description. In fact, they transcend the kitchen and become synonymous with boring, menial tasks. Peeling potatoes is a prime example. Peeling garlic is another. The tiny, powerful cloves may house a deliciousness unlike any other, but getting to the goodness can be a chore. Tricks abound with ways to peel a garlic clove, all with varying success. And now, an electrical contraption has gotten into the mix. Well, make that mix and chop.

The Ariete Choppi is an electric garlic peeler. Despite the fact that peeling garlic is a tedious enough chore … Read more

The right peeler for each job

Your everyday vegetable peeler will always make a mess out of soft fruits and vegetables, but a peeler made for more-precise work--like peeling a peach--will take forever on a job like peeling a potato. It's important to have the right tool for the job, and that means having a variety of different peelers. You don't have to completely fill a kitchen drawer with utensils, though. The Twist & Peel Dual Peelers, from Kuhn Rikon, provide you with four different peeling options. Each set includes a green and an orange peeler.

The Twist & Peel Dual Peelers have two … Read more

Peel your asparagus properly

The trick to cooking tender asparagus is to snip off the ends and peel off some of the tougher skin. In general, I just use my standard vegetable peeler, but the Asparagus Peeler caught my eye. In addition to peeling, it can cut the ends off of asparagus. You just place the end of your asparagus between the two sides of the peeler and push them together. Of course, you can use this peeler for far more than just peeling asparagus -- it can peel any vegetable. The snipper can also come in handy for the ends of green beans … Read more

Peel even soft skins

Whether you're baking a fruit pie or you're dealing with a picky eater, sometimes you just have to take the skins off of thin-skinned fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes or plums. But there's no way to do that with a normal vegetable peeler; most of the time you wind up removing the skins (and plenty of the fruit in question) with a knife.

The Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler offers an alternative. The peeler uses a sharp serrated steel blade to smoothly remove even the thinnest skins. Where most peelers use a straight edge to cut away a … Read more

A gadget that will ap-'peel' to your inner clean freak

Though it's no secret that vegetables are healthier for you when left intact, peeling them is a necessary part of cooking. And though I don't mind peeling my carrots and potatoes, I detest getting rid of the peels. Because my sink is devoid of a garbage disposal, I get to complete the unpleasant task of scooping the stringy outer skins by hand into the trash.

But there's a gadget on the market that will make life a bit easier for those of us without in-sink disposal methods. The Veggie Peel solves the pesky peel problem by embedding … Read more

A crafty carrot peeler

It's easy for a kitchen drawer to wind up looking pretty boring: even if you have a bunch of different kitchen tools, most of them will have a plain, utilitarian appearance. The Carrot Peeler, from Patina Store, however, adds a little touch of whimsy to any drawer. The Carrot Peeler can be used to peel any vegetable, but the handle is shaped like a carrot stick--and it's bright orange, to match. The grip is soft, allowing a little more comfort than a true carrot stick might, which comes in handy if you need to peel more than just … Read more

A peeler that appeals

I have an almost 10-year-old who loves to help out in the kitchen. She's a big fan of peeling carrots and cucumbers for my famous sushi salad. I, however, am not such a fan of finding said carrot and cucumber peelings in the space between the trash can and the cabinet the trash can lives in.

Until my daughter perfects her aim, Jaccard has come up with an innovative solution: a fruit and vegetable peeler with a chamber designed to hold your peelings while you work.

The double-sided stainless steel blade lets lefties and righties share kitchen duties equally. … Read more

Julienne as easy as peeling

Prep work can be so monotonous--boring, even. Anybody who has ever peeled pounds of potatoes or chopped any amount of onions would agree. (Well, OK, onions in particular keep things interesting with their affinity for tear ducts.) That being said, prep work pays off; the reward is almost always worth it. After all, that's why we do it. Sometimes, it's the simple little things that make meals special.

I enjoy a good salad, but I don't enjoy the preparation they sometimes require. Carrots are a delicious ingredient in most any salad, but perhaps more than any other … Read more

Peeling at the speed of a button press

I am a DIY type of guy. If something needs doing, I do it. Perhaps that is why I became interested in cooking in the first place. One needs to eat; might as well make it at home and make it the best it can be. Of course, with an independent nature, not only comes confidence but a fair share of mistakes--especially in the kitchen. I have reported before about my arch-nemesis, the peeler, and its aggressive nature. Perhaps owning an electric peeler would be of some benefit.

The Zyliss Multipeeler Electric Peeler could be just such a gadget.

Featuring … Read more

For extra-wide peels, use an extra-wide peeler

It's always nice to have the right tool for the job. Anybody who has ever tried mashing potatoes with a spoon or mincing garlic with a fork can certainly attest to that. While it might be obvious that a peeler is a necessary tool for the kitchen, sometimes it's the little things we overlook.

The Kai Ultimate Wide Peeler available for $19.95 at Williams-Sonoma is an oversized utensil designed for specific tasks. Capable of producing buge slices of cheese, chocolate, or vegetables, this peeler is more versatile than the average standard-sized variety. Additionally, the extra-wide 4.25-inch … Read more