The colder months are upon us which means a change in the menu. It’s out with the salads and in with stews, roasts and shepherd’s pie. But while the thought of winter stodge might get your stomach rumbling, peeling all those potatoes can prove time consuming.
So let’s see if we can make light work of scraping the spuds. Here’s our guide to peelers – which potato peeler is the best?
The manly man’s choice for peeling spuds, and also the simplest. But with simplicity comes a lack of sophistication.
Unless the user is incredibly skilled, expect a lot of potato loss, and wasted time. If the user isn’t skilled, then get the first aid kit ready as a dull knife or a slip could result in injury.
Fixed handle blade
Also known as the Lancashire peeler, this type of peeler, resembles a knife but is much safer because the sharp edge is hidden behind a guard. The French version, the ‘économe’, has two sharp edges, one that peels the skin, and one that’s angled to regulate depth.
Swiss designed swivel peelers have a fixed handle with a moveable blade. This enables the peeler blade to follow the surface of the vegetable or fruit.
Swivel and fixed blade peelers are great for carrots and parsnips, but for potatoes they can be time consuming as they don’t cover a huge area.
Also known as a speed peeler and resembling a razor, the Y-shaped peeler variants make quick work of potato skin, and are very good for carrots and parsnips.
Most Y-shaped peelers have an ergonomic handle which is good news for stiff fingers. They also have a handy blade or loop on the edge for getting rid of unwanted potato eyes.
Speed peelers are safe and make quick work of potatoes and other veg. But if you have lots of spuds to peel, you may want to think bigger.
Electric potato peeler
Why bother peeling by hand when a machine can do it for you? Throw the potatoes in the barrel, add a little water, and the rotating scourers will do the rest.
An electric potato peeler is great for those cooking large meals, and can often be found in professional kitchens.
The labour saving design of the automatic potato peeler, makes it the perfect choice for those with limited movement, a hungry horde to feed, or those who simply don’t have the time to peel by hand.
Funky kitchen gadgets are becoming more and more popular, and the crank operated peeler is no exception.
The user turns the crank, and the fruit or vegetable, which is held in a vice, is pushed along a blade and the skin is peeled.
As they are designed primarily for apples, this type of peeler may not work so well on potatoes. But there is no doubting the funkiness of the device. Unfortunately it can only peel one spud at a time, and let’s face it, who wants to wait longer than necessary to tuck into that bowl of warming stew?