Serrated Vegetable Peeler
Since I am a self-professed kitchen gadget junkie, I figured that I might as well share some of my experiences and recommendations with kitchen tools on my blog.
Today's gadget will be the serrated vegetable peeler. When I was a volunteer assistant at Sur La Table cooking classes, it was recommended in the first class I worked in.
Design: It looks like your typical vegetable peeler, but with tiny little teeth on the blades instead. The serrated vegetable peeler is used to peel soft fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and peaches. It replaces the old method of scoring and scalding in hot water. A normal vegetable peeler cannot handle these foods because you would need to exert too much pressure to peel, thus bruising or ruining the flesh inside.
This gadget is similar to a bread knife or tomato slicer- the teeth on the blades help to gently grip and remove slippery skin without damaging what's underneath.
Suggested Usages: For peeling tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, plums, mangoes, soft pears, and other soft-fleshed, thin-skinned fruits and vegetables. Not recommended for root vegetables (for these, the Y-shaped or horizontal peeler is wonderful) or hard-fleshed things like apples.
Verdict: I loved it and immediately purchased one after trying it out. I find it extremely useful and a gadget that can't be replaced by any regular knife. As for brands, I've seen ones by Oxo, Williams-Sonoma, and many other kitchen gadget companies, as the concept is starting to take off. It's inexpensive (usually around $7) and a welcome addition to my gadget drawer since I actually use it quite often. In fact, it was hard not to go out and buy one during cooking school, where they insisted that we scald our tomatoes each time to remove the skin- such a nuisance!