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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Potato Peelers

    Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even electric
    potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd
    like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

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    On Jan 25, 2:02*pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even electric
    > potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd
    > like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    > (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)


    I never peel potatoes. Skins got lots of good stuff in 'em!~

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    l, not -l Guest

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    On 25-Jan-2011, [email protected] wrote:

    > Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even
    > electric
    > potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos
    > and I'd
    > like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    > (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of
    > them.)


    OXO i-series Y-peeler is my favorite for potatoes. OXO i-series swivel
    peeler for carrots.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:55:51 GMT, "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >On 25-Jan-2011, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even
    >> electric
    >> potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos
    >> and I'd
    >> like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    >> (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of
    >> them.)

    >
    >OXO i-series Y-peeler is my favorite for potatoes. OXO i-series swivel
    >peeler for carrots.



    Thanks, Just to clarify, by hand operated, I don't meana scrapeer type peeler,
    but the type where you put the potato in a mount and turn a handle and a blade
    peels a big spiral of skin off it.

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    Kent Guest

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    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4d3f539b$0$5572$c3e8da3$[email protected] b.com...
    >
    > On 25-Jan-2011, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even
    >> electric
    >> potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos
    >> and I'd
    >> like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    >> (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of
    >> them.)

    >
    > OXO i-series Y-peeler is my favorite for potatoes. OXO i-series swivel
    > peeler for carrots.
    > --
    > Change Cujo to Juno in email address.
    >
    >

    I'd sure agree. The OXO peelers make peeling much easier thana the old metal
    peelers.

    Kent




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    Julie Bove Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:55:51 GMT, "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>On 25-Jan-2011, [email protected] wrote:
    >>
    >>> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even
    >>> electric
    >>> potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos
    >>> and I'd
    >>> like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    >>> (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of
    >>> them.)

    >>
    >>OXO i-series Y-peeler is my favorite for potatoes. OXO i-series swivel
    >>peeler for carrots.

    >
    >
    > Thanks, Just to clarify, by hand operated, I don't meana scrapeer type
    > peeler,
    > but the type where you put the potato in a mount and turn a handle and a
    > blade
    > peels a big spiral of skin off it.


    I have an apple peeler like that. The kind I have seems to only work on
    apples. It cores them as well. I tried it on a pear and that didn't go so
    well. It makes a huge mess. Of course apples are very sticky and the juice
    seems to go everywhere. I would assume that the potatoes would be similar
    because they leave a starchy juice. You also don't have a lot of control
    over where those peels land. I always put paper towels down all over my
    counter and position my trash can with a large black bag in it directly
    below.

    The only time I use my apple peeler is when I am canning applesauce, which I
    have not done for several years. It is necessary when doing that many
    apples at once. At least it is necessary for me. We have made canned pears
    and those are peeled with the swivel type peeler. One year daughter peeled
    all of the apples and pears by herself. I am not sure she would be so
    willing to do that now though.

    If I had to make enough peeled potatoes for about 200 people, I might
    consider investing in such a peeler. But... That's not likely to happen.
    The amount of potatoes I peel for the two or three of us, even when I am
    making extra is not enough to warrant that kind of work and mess. If the
    potato peeler is anything like the apple one, it is a pain to set up, take
    down and wash. The counter must be clean for it to adhere and even then it
    can take several attempts to get it to stick down and be in the right spot.
    It's just too much of a bother for me to do all that unless I will be using
    the peeler for at least a couple of hours at a time.

    Mostly I do not peel my potatoes any more. Exception being russet. I do
    not like the peels on those when mashed into mashed potatoes. They are fine
    on baked or even oven fries. And about the only time I make those mashed is
    when I make faux pierogies. What I do is buy the biggest potatoes I can
    find. Fewer potatoes to peel and it seems to go easier for me. I just use
    an OXO good grips. I wish I could peel like Jacques Pepin. I don't know
    how he does it. He uses a different peeler than I do. I've never tried the
    kind like he has. But he peels towards himself and gets the whole thing
    from one end to the other. I can only manage to do the length and then go
    back and get the ends.



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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Kent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:4d3f539b$0$5572$c3e8da3$[email protected] b.com...
    >>
    >> On 25-Jan-2011, [email protected] wrote:
    >>
    >>> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even
    >>> electric
    >>> potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos
    >>> and I'd
    >>> like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    >>> (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of
    >>> them.)

    >>
    >> OXO i-series Y-peeler is my favorite for potatoes. OXO i-series swivel
    >> peeler for carrots.
    >> --
    >> Change Cujo to Juno in email address.
    >>
    >>

    > I'd sure agree. The OXO peelers make peeling much easier thana the old
    > metal peelers.


    Oh how I remember those horrid peelers from my youth. They really hurt my
    hand. Peeling potatoes was always my job as a child. My daughter likes to
    peel them too. She is 12 now. I see that she peels them the same way I
    used to. Sort of attacking them with the peeler and only managing to get
    little teensy bits at a time. I also used to hit the potato with the peeler
    each time I took off a strip. My mom would yell at me. I just snicker. I
    guess kids of that age just aren't able to peel right. I also got her a
    device that you stab into the potato (or whatever you are peeling) that acts
    as a handle. She felt she needed it when she was younger. She was
    terrified of peeling herself. I do remember doing that. Peeled my
    thumbnail a few times.

    It wasn't until I started watching cooking shows and saw how the chefs
    peeled things that I learned how to do it right.



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    sf Guest

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    On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:11:46 -0800, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I do remember doing that. Peeled my thumbnail a few times.


    I've never even come close to doing that with my old fashioned Ekco
    peeler <http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/usr/products/70950000306.jpg>,
    but those Y things look just plain dangerous to me. I'd peel the skin
    off a body part the first time I tried it - it's just plain awkward to
    peel toward yourself. Not even television chefs look comfortable
    using those things.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Potato Peelers

    On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:02:56 -0500, [email protected] wrote:

    > Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even electric
    > potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd
    > like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    > (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)


    Peeling a potato takes about 16 seconds each plus scraping out the
    sink once.

    You'd be much worse off cleaning an automatic gadget.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:46:23 -0800, Kent wrote:

    > I'd sure agree. The OXO peelers make peeling much easier thana the old metal
    > peelers.


    My serrated Kuhn Rikon kicks ass.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-Pir.../dp/B000B6NXNY

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:04:22 -0800, sf wrote:

    > On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:11:46 -0800, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I do remember doing that. Peeled my thumbnail a few times.

    >
    > I've never even come close to doing that with my old fashioned Ekco
    > peeler <http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/usr/products/70950000306.jpg>,
    > but those Y things look just plain dangerous to me. I'd peel the skin
    > off a body part the first time I tried it - it's just plain awkward to
    > peel toward yourself. Not even television chefs look comfortable
    > using those things.


    All the Y-Peelers are a PITA compared to:

    http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-Pir.../dp/B000B6NXNY

    I actually enjoy the rare occasion to peel something with my Kuhn
    Rikon Pirahna. I end up peeling more potatoes than I have to.

    -sw (listening to Karen Carpenter, "Rainy days and Mondays...")

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    ?
    <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > Thanks, Just to clarify, by hand operated, I don't meana scrapeer type
    > peeler,
    > but the type where you put the potato in a mount and turn a handle and a
    > blade
    > peels a big spiral of skin off it.


    You'll spend more time trying to save time than just peeling with a regular
    peeler. I rarely peel potatoes, just clean them up if needed. The skin has
    lots of nutrients and flavor. More rustic looking when mashed.




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    Charlotte L. Blackmer Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:46:23 -0800, Kent wrote:
    >
    >> I'd sure agree. The OXO peelers make peeling much easier thana the old metal
    >> peelers.

    >
    >My serrated Kuhn Rikon kicks ass.
    >
    >http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-Pir.../dp/B000B6NXNY


    I'm quite fond of my serrated Messermeister. I've probably bought about a
    dozen of them for the church kitchens (back before Surly Table raised the
    prices) because we peel a lot of potatoes for the soup kitchen.

    Charlotte

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Charlotte L. Blackmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I'm quite fond of my serrated Messermeister. I've probably bought about a
    > dozen of them for the church kitchens (back before Surly Table raised the
    > prices) because we peel a lot of potatoes for the soup kitchen.


    Mine is serrated too and will peel just about anything I need it to.
    --
    --
    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    Janet Guest

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    > On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:02:56 -0500, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > > Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even electric
    > > potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd
    > > like to make it easier.


    If used properly the most basic hand peeler does the job in seconds,( far better than any machine);...but many people
    just don't know how. Second only to people who make hard work of their table cutlery or holding a pencil.

    http://thecookskitchen.com/browse_3267

    Janet

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    George Guest

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    On 1/25/2011 5:02 PM, [email protected] wrote:
    > Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or even electric
    > potato peelers? My least favorite job in the kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd
    > like to make it easier. I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks.
    > (And I know a lot of folks prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)


    Maybe review if you need to peel them? I practically never peel potatoes.

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    James Silverton Guest

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    George wrote on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:33:41 -0500:

    > On 1/25/2011 5:02 PM, [email protected] wrote:
    >> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or
    >> even electric potato peelers? My least favorite job in the
    >> kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd like to make it easier.
    >> I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks. (And I know a lot of folks
    >> prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)


    > Maybe review if you need to peel them? I practically never
    > peel potatoes.


    I don't usually peel potatoes either except for certain stews but I
    can't say I *prefer* to have the skins; I'm just lazy! In most cases I
    use thin skinned small potatoes anyway. I'm not going to do a search but
    does anyone know if commercial potato peelers, those that swirl the vegs
    in a rough container, are available in home sizes at practical prices?
    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:15:40 -0500, "James Silverton"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > George wrote on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:33:41 -0500:
    >
    >> On 1/25/2011 5:02 PM, [email protected] wrote:
    >>> Anyone have any experience with one of those hand operated or
    >>> even electric potato peelers? My least favorite job in the
    >>> kitchen is peeling potatos and I'd like to make it easier.
    >>> I've seen a couple of them online. Thanks. (And I know a lot of folks
    >>> prefer leaving the skins on. I'm not one of them.)

    >
    >> Maybe review if you need to peel them? I practically never
    >> peel potatoes.

    >
    >I don't usually peel potatoes either except for certain stews but I
    >can't say I *prefer* to have the skins; I'm just lazy! In most cases I
    >use thin skinned small potatoes anyway. I'm not going to do a search but
    >does anyone know if commercial potato peelers, those that swirl the vegs
    >in a rough container, are available in home sizes at practical prices?


    You won't like the fact that they waste a lot of potato and they do
    not de-eye or remove damaged spots... they also consume a lot of
    water. If you're too lazy to pare spuds then buy larger spuds.

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

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    On Jan 25, 7:04*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:11:46 -0800, "Julie Bove"
    >
    > <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > > I do remember doing that. *Peeled my thumbnail a few times.

    >
    > I've never even come close to doing that with my old fashioned Ekco
    > peeler <http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/usr/products/70950000306.jpg>,
    > but those Y things look just plain dangerous to me. *I'd peel the skin
    > off a body part the first time I tried it - it's just plain awkward to
    > peel toward yourself. *Not even television chefs look comfortable
    > using those things.
    >


    I like the basic OXO swivel peeler. The handle fits my hand
    comfortably, and the tip of the plastic blade guard lets me easily dig
    out any eyes or bad spots. We got an OXO Y peeler as a gift, but have
    yet to use it.

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    Arthur Shapiro Guest

    Default Re: Potato Peelers

    In article <wdrpkjy047tq$.[email protected]>, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I actually enjoy the rare occasion to peel something with my Kuhn
    >Rikon Pirahna. I end up peeling more potatoes than I have to.
    >

    The Kuhn-Rikon site doesn't mention potatoes in discussing the Pirahna, which
    I'd (perhaps naively) think would be the vegetable that most folks peel most
    often. Perhaps the Swiss don't peel potatoes???

    Art

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