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Vegetable Peelers

Everyday Food, Volume 15 September 2004

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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