Vegetable peelers – a must-have in your kitchen
What is a vegetable peeler?
A vegetable peeler is a kitchen utensil used for skinning of fruit and vegetables. It features a razor-sharp blade that slides over the vegetable's surface, scraping away the skin sparingly while leaving behind the inside flesh.
What is a vegetable peeler used for?
Vegetable peelers are used not only to remove the skin from vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, eggplant, mang or butternut squash.
They can be also used for shaving thin slices of chocolate or cheese and for slicing vegetables into ribbons that can be used as vegetable pasta or in salads.
Common veggies that are often peeled include potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, apples, and pears. Remember though that not all veggies require peeling, and some, like beets or sweet potatoes, may be even more nutritious when cooked and eaten with skin.
What are the differences between Y-Pe and side peeler?
A Y-peeler, gets its name from the way it is shaped; it looks like the letter Y. It features a long, straight handle with a blade that is angled slightly at the end of it. The blade, which is often made of stainless steel, has a straight, sharp edge that curls slightly toward the end. As the blade readily conforms to the shape of the product and the little bend at the end helps remove any blemishes or eyes, Y-peelers are excellent for peeling vegetables like potatoes and carrots.
The blade of a side peeler, on the other hand, is parallel to the handle and peels vegetables from the side. The blade is frequently serrated or toothed, making it perfect for peeling vegetables with tough skins like butternut squash or pumpkins. It takes a little bit more effort to operate than a Y-peeler since the blade is perpendicular to the handle, and it's harder to navigate around curves.