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I have one in white….

It’s not what you have but how they do the job!

Words of wisdom from my father about kitchen gadgets and appliances.

Take potato peelers for example- he didn’t believe in them.  Wash the potatoes, scrub them if need be, then cook.  He believed a lot of the goodness was in the skins.  For any other vegetables that did need peeling he had his trusty knife.  It wasn’t anything special, just an old kitchen knife he regularly sharpened on a concrete step.  Very sharp – mum wouldn’t go near it – even as adults we weren’t allowed to touch it!

It’s funny to think of it now but there were ‘words’ in the house on the subject of peeling potatoes resulting in Mum buying one of these.  Hook it up to the cold tap and away you go. Mum loved it!

Each time I saw it in action it made enough noise to wake the dead so as I’d married an Englishman (one who had always been used to peeled potatoes) not an Irishman like dad 😊 I used a knife and have memories of various thicknesses of peelings and from what I remember Lumpy Potatoes.   No way could I master the art of thin peelings and smooth potatoes with rounded edges lol.

Fast forward to arriving in Australia, children now old enough for real kitchen duties so after a few nicks in fingers and ‘losing’ several knives in the peelings (courtesy of children learning to peel spuds) I decided we needed to try a peeler.  Posh ones aren’t cheap are they!  After a couple went walkabout we discovered these.

Nothing special about them.  Some friends call it cheap and nasty.  Cheap maybe – nasty never.  It’s simple design is perfect.  Available in those $2 shops, in supermarkets, even on the web.  They do the job – peel like a dream – for more years than I can remember now I have had smooth round potatoes 😊

Mind you they ‘have’ been known to hide in peelings so that’s why mine is white.  I can see it at a glance amongst those brown peelings.  ‘White tatties’ from the supermarket are clean washed ones so I don’t need to peel them 😊😊

BTW The Golfer uses a little knife – just like his Mum 😊

20 thoughts on “I have one in white….”

  1. I use a knife like my mum did, yet both girls use a peeler, not sure about son, I shall have to ask him! I can’t work a peeler – much too complicated 🙂

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  2. We’ve used the same peeler, similar to yours, for more than thirty years now. The older generations in our families used knives.

    I’d hate to lose or break our old peeler. I am attached to it. Lol.

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    1. I must ask Mr G about the development of potato peelers Marie.
      Hope you haven’t spoken too loudly about your love of your current utensil! I don’t want to be the cause of tears!

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  3. Interesting to see the machine your Mum bought !
    My hubby likes those peelers you use and I’ve used the ones for arthritisy wrists – lots of cheap versions around now :D)
    Definitely agree about needing a colour that stands out lol. Cheers Cathy xx

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    1. Hello there Sue. Nice to see you, it’s great you are finding more time to ‘visit.
      Mum’s water powered spud peeler was something to behold. I love chatting about everyday objects and it seems like I picked a goodie today.

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  4. Would you understand what I mean when I say I am a wasteful potato peeler, especially with a knife. Years ago we bought a stainless steel peeler and it has been terrific. I guess it cost a bit more. If I had to regularly peel potatoes, I would want one of those peeling machines. It looks like great fun.

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    1. Oh I’m not knocking the posh ones Andrew – just sent too many on a trip to the tip with the peelings 😊
      That machine was a novelty my mother couldn’t do without lol

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  5. There is only one potato peeler in the world for me, since I found it I have bought a further 2 more and now I have three. It is the IKEA 365+ VÄRDEFULL, very reasonable at $4.99 and it is amazing. 🙂

    I did have the ones you show here but after a while they tend to lose their sharpness, I did not realise how much so until I met the IKEA one.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Snoskred I might get The Golfer to look for one next time he visits the big international barn. He might like a change from his knife 😊

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    1. Honestly EC produce is cleaned so much these days there doesn’t seem to be any need to peel. Except if we buy dirty unwashed ones straight from the farm!

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  6. We also cook the potatoes with the skin on. On the rare occasion when we need to peel, we use peelers just like the one that you have shown here.

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  7. I have the exact same peeler, and find it does the job! I rarely boil potatoes now, choosing to scrub and bake them with the skins intact. I guess I agree with your father, that the goodness is in the skins!

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    1. We mainly steam them Diane but for some reason I prefer to boil them if they are to be mashed.
      Dad would peel only on the odd ocassion we had Champ – an Irish dish of mash plus chopped scallions

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  8. Yup. Been using the cheap ones for years
    I have a slightly more expensive one now as it’s thicker in the handle and easier for my poor hands to hold
    But like your dad. I now buy washed poetoes and give them a quick rinse and just use as is
    I too never was any good with the knife

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  9. I use a bread knife to peel vegetables. Yes, a bread knife! Not sure why or when I began to do this but it’s some time ago. I used to have a peeler – still do in fact – and my husband uses it.

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