(This post isn’t sponsored, just so ya know!)
I actually AM writing a post entirely about vegetable peelers.
I got a Good Grips veggie peeler as a wedding gift, and after years of service, it was starting to get pretty dull.
I discovered this when I tried to peel a butternut squash. This is a slightly difficult task with a good peeler, but with a dull one, it’s positively Herculean.
So, I consulted with Cook’s Illustrated (because of COURSE) and they recommended two peelers.
Since I was curious about both options, and since I sometimes need more than one peeler, I bought both varieties, and I’ve been using them for the last few years.
What do I think of them?
The Kuhn Rikon peeler works ridiculously well. It peels butternut squash and mangoes like nobody’s business, two items my old peeler struggled with. And it works great for potatoes as well.
The design is a little odd, requiring you to pull the peeler rather than pushing it, but I quickly got used to the new mechanics. I actually think the pulling vs. pushing motion is part of what makes this peeler work so well.
(Although, interestingly enough, I saw lots of photos online of people pulling this peeler toward themselves. That feels completely awkward to me!)
The only downside is that the blade of this peeler came coated with a really thin black finish, which starts to flake off in short order. Without the coating, the carbon steel blade rusts easily, so I have to hand wash the peeler and dry it right away.
This isn’t a huge deal, but if you don’t want to baby your peeler, it might be a deal-breaker.
On the other hand, carbon steel is supposed to stay sharp longer, so if longevity is a big concern for you, you might be willing to give the bit of extra care this peeler requires.
I bought the 3-pack of peelers on Amazon because for some odd reason, you can get a 3-pack in red, green, and yellow, for the same price as a single purple one.
This does come in a stainless-steel version for $12.95, so if you’re trying to swear off plastic, you can still get this peeler.
The Messermeister peeler is a more traditional design, so you push the peeler away from you as you work. It’s got a good sharp blade, and solid construction, though, so it’s been working very well for me.
And since the blade is stainless steel, you can throw it right into the dishwasher with nary a concern.
(Though I should point out that the three-pack is three different varieties of peelers, which might not be exactly what you want.)
So. Both options are good choices.
If you want easy care, get the $8 Messermeister.
If long-term sharpness is more important to you and you don’t mind hand-washing, though, the $8 3-pack of Kuhn-Rikon peelers is super hard to beat.
And thus endeth a 600-word post on vegetable peelers.
Amazon links are affiliate links. This post is not sponsored, I bought my peelers with my own money, and Messermeister and Kuhn Rikon have no idea I exist.