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Different Types of Vegetable Peelers

Updated on November 28, 2010

Different Types of Vegetable Peelers

 

Peeling vegetables can definitely take the fun out of cooking, especially if it takes a very long time to do so. That’s why there exist numerous and varying designs of vegetable peelers in the market today, to aid us cookers, may we be a professional or just a plain food junkie.

 There are over 500 or so patented vegetable peelers that exist in the market today, so you should need to know the qualities of the best of them. One important thing to remember when choosing is that your peeler should cut the minimum amount of vegetable skin as much as possible. Not only because it is economical to do so, but most vegetables, for example potatoes, have most of their nutrients concentrated in the outermost layer of the flesh, close to the skin. So, you should choose a vegetable peeler with a swivel-action blade, which then allows it to conform to the vegetable’s contour.

Another major characteristic that you should look for in your vegetable peeler is the handle. A thick, non-slip handle makes life easier by making sure that the peeler will not slip from your hand while you’re busy cutting away vegetable skins. Another is the blade. There are many different types of blades, which is very handy because one type may work best with one vegetable but may have disastrous results when used in other vegetables. For example, a serrated blade works best with vegetables with tough outer skins such as a sweet potato and squash but when used on a tender-skinned vegetable, you may peel a much thicker skin.

The more than 500 patented vegetable peelers can be classified into three major categories: the Y Peeler, the Lancashire Peeler, and the Dalson Classic Aussie Peeler.

The Y Peeler

Perhaps the most recognizable peeler design is the Y Peeler or the yoke peeler. Its name comes from its appearance. The Y Peeler looks like a razor and can be used just like one. You peel a vegetable on it by pushing it away from you. This action, though awkward at first, markedly reduces the peeler-to-vegetable friction, so peeling gets a lot easier once you get used to it. This makes the Y peeler ideal for thick-skinned vegetables.

The Lancashire Peeler

While the previous vegetable peeler is best for peeling vegetables such as squash and other tough-skinned veggies, the Lancashire Peeler is recommended for thin-skinned ones. This type of peeler is distinguished from the others by having the blade extend from the handle. To peel your cucumber, for example, hold the blade with your dominant hand and the cucumber with the other. Then, pull the peeler towards your body.

Dalson Classic Aussie Peeler

The least known and used of all peeler designs, this type is said to have originated from Australia. Sometimes known simply as the “Australian Vegetable Peeler”, it is distinguished by a partially rotating blade that makes it easier and quick to peel vegetables.

Electric Peeler

Some varieties of this design do not only peel a fruit or vegetable but can also grind and zest. There are also some designs that can be used on a specific type of produce only.

 

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      Chen 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Fatima and bojanglesk8 :-)

      Glad to hear you liked it :-)

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      fatima 

      7 years ago

      nice..useful

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      bojanglesk8 

      7 years ago

      Good info.

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