test kitchen; until veggies grow zippers
This familiar gadget-
Thin blade on thin metal handle--
It has developed into a correct and efficient tool for ergonomics.
Probably no other kitchen utensils are as useful as they are every day.
In addition to peeling vegetables, it can also be used to scrape truffle or radish slices and cut hard cheese such as Pammy Giano --
Remove the thinnest skin of the lemon, peel the apple, and even make decorative chocolate or butter curls.
Why buy a weak peeler from the supermarket?
To compare the peeler, I chose the most common one: a Rotary Peeler, and the blade swings back and forth in a small arc.
Unlike peelers with fixed blades, this type can be used in any one hand-
Because I was left with an important consideration-handed.
I tried stainless steel, carbon steel and new ceramic blades.
The traditional Peeler has a blade sticking out of the handle.
Push the blade directly (and scrapings)away from you.
However, an increasingly popular design places the blade horizontally on the y-axis of the handleshaped holder.
With this version, you will pull the blade towards you when you peel it.
It may be more comfortable for some, but in most cases I prefer traditional designs.
AdvertisementI tests two types of thinand thick-
Vegetables, fruits, hard cheese, lemon, frozen butter and French chocolate.
The best performing peelers are new steel lines from Oxo.
The ergonomic handle is smaller than the fat black rubber handle known as Oxo.
They are longer and thinner and are made of brushed stainless steel with a ridge rubber edge to provide a comfortable grip.
They don\'t think it\'s heavy.
Both the traditional mode and the Y mode have good advertising results.
The stainless steel blade is very sharp and smoothly removes the transparent slices of the lemon peel, and it is easy to peel off the thick and smooth skin of the eggplant and the hard and rough surface of the celery root.
This is the only peelers I have tried that do not require a saw motion to cut a hard or uneven surface. They are $6.
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I also tried several peelers from Italian manufacturer Pedrini.
My favorite is Acciaio, a traditional model with a nice weighted stainless steel handle and a clean, solid look and feel.
It works best for thin
Peeled fruits and vegetables, whether rough or smooth, but like most peelers, a little saw is needed to remove the lemon peel. It is $12. 99 at Macy\'s. The Y-
Kuhn Rikon is also in good shape with lightweight plastic handles of all colors.
Although it does not feel strong, it has a carbon steel blade that is easy to cut and is very easy to operate.
This peeler is $2.
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It works well for all fruits and vegetables, can be cut into thin slices of butter and cheese, and can also effectively cut off curls from slightly heated chocolate. In fact, the Y-
The shape of peelers is the only new type that works well on chocolate.
Most other recent models have a curved stick to fix the blade, which breaks when the chocolate starts to curl.
Ceramic blades are touted as super sharp.
The two I tested from iSi and Kyocera are very good, when short controlled movements are needed ---
For example, when peeling sweet potatoes or celery roots.
But they don\'t look any sharper than the best stainless steel or carbon steel blades.
They also need a sawing movement to remove the lemon peel.
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It has an advantage because it has a rubber ergonomic handle in both traditional and Y designs.
The charm of Kyocera lies in its bright
Red plastic handle
Unfortunately, the ceramic blade breaks if it falls on a hard surface. Both iSi Peelz-
Its model is $12.
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The price of Kyocera is $19.
99 in Jensco Online
When I test an old model, how good are all the new models to be clear
Vintage stainless steel peeler for Ekco.
This Peelers is a great service for me, but the new Ekco, which sells for $2 at the home goods store, is awkward with a dull blade.
Carrots and zucchini are easy to peel but I had to see the eggplant and lemon zest.
Let\'s face it: it\'s never fun to peel a bunch of potatoes.
But the new peelers make it easier to work-
And definitely more stylish.
The ads feature the perfect chocolate burrito. When testing vegetable burritos, the biggest finding is how easy it is to make chocolate burritos to decorate if you choose the right burritos. A Y-
The shape peeler with an extremely sharp blade will pull up a long, smooth slice that is curled and not broken.
But the temperature of the chocolate must be appropriate, so it is easy to fall off without melting.
Use a good piece of chocolate about an inch and a half, so the peeler extends slightly to the edge and the blade has a clear passage.
Hold the chocolate with a tissue and lift it to the lamp to soften the side to be cut. (
Cover the chocolate with plastic wrap, it may be enough to heat it by hand. )
Work quickly, place the chocolate on the working surface, heat the side, and press the blade of the Y peeler at one end of the side.
Gently pull the peeler down from the side.
A piece of chocolate should curl up. (
If it is too cold, it will peel and crack. )
You may need to experiment with the temperature of chocolate.
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A version of this article was printed on page F00005 of the National edition on April 25, 2001 with the title: Test Kitchen;
Long Zipper until vegetables.