Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Dick And Nancy Are A-Peeling

nl_big_peeler.jpg
Now THIS is a peeler.

I thought I was getting fancy when I replaced my all-metal 20-year old  Ecko straight-bladed veg peeler with the cushy-handled Oxo.  Then I started hearing about "Y" shaped peelers.  Food writer Daniel Gritzer, among others thinks it's the only way to go.

I decided to get a "Y" job and see how it stacks up against my old reliable.  Sure, I was putting $1.97 on the line for this experiment but felt I owed to Food for Thought listeners to take the risk.

My conclusions?

I peeled a bunch of spuds with the Y for a dish of Potatoes Anna

anna.JPG
Credit Stein / KNKX
/
KNKX
Potatoes Anna. Didn't get the spiral pattern I was trying for but Queen of Spuds, the Lovely &Talented Cheryl DeGroot found them acceptable.

It worked fine and the carbon steel blade seemed sharper than on my old Oxo.  But was it that much better? As I told Nancy Leson in this week's chat "Ummmm... I dunno."  Further research is needed.

Nance did her part. "I bought several new peelers just to see are they really better."

nl_peelers_old___new.jpg
Credit Nancy Leson / KNKX
/
KNKX
That one in the middle is that German job Nance mentions in the segment.

She already had her Oxo Good Grips and picked up two more, including the Chef'n with a straight, serrated and julienne blade.  That's right -- this peeler actually cuts juliennes.  Isn't that  a-MAZE-ing?

-A

"The more tools I have, the more freedom I have. – Du Yun." 

Dick Stein has been with KNKX since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.
Related Content