When it comes to getting vegetables and fruits to part with their skins, nothing does the job like this simple tool. Here are two basic types.

Traditional Peeler

Because the thin blade will remove as little of the surface as possible, this style is ideal for peeling carrots and produce with delicate skins, especially potatoes. You can even use it to shave Parmesan cheese or chocolate and to remove citrus zest in strips.

Harp-Shaped Peeler

Its wider blade helps this peeler (which is also called Y-shaped) tackle thick-skinned produce, such as ginger and butternut squash. It is also good for cutting some vegetables (including zucchini and cucumbers) into ribbons.

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January 5, 2019
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Martha Stewart Member
September 2, 2017
The Traditional Peeler is a piece of junk. It broke where the peeler connects to the metal bar in the handle. It split where its crimped to bar.
Martha Stewart Member
December 24, 2007
Both are used often and found to be irreplaceable.