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Potato scrubs potato
Mr Potato Brush
Member Name: pmcds
Mr Potato Brush
Advantages: Effective, quirky and fun
Disadvantages: Not everyone would like it, costs a bit for what it is
No one likes being a dirty little scrubber, and when preparing potatoes for most forms of cooking where the skin is still used, it's quite important to make sure it's clean. The best potatoes are the ones that have the least travelling distance from ground to kitchen, and this means that they're likely to still be covered in things from the ground they grew in. Quite often this means any chemicals that have been used, and some of these can get embedded into the little nooks and crannies that the undulating surfaces of potatoes have. Therefore, when prepping your fresh potatoes, you need to make sure they're clean.
Scrubbing a potato is a thankless task. I find that having a brush of some sort to do this with makes a much better job of it than using my bare hands, and while it doesn't take much of a brush, there has to be a combination of strong enough bristles to make sure the dirt comes off but without ripping the outside of your potato to bits, and this is where this Mr Potato brush comes in nicely.
To many kitchens are full of boring junk that serves purpose but does not much else. We could go and buy a fingernail brush that would probably do the same job that this does, but undoubtedly it would get used for all kinds of things or get stored away get all dusty and caught up in other utensils. This Mr Potato brush can sit proudly next to your sink and does in our kitchen, right next to the little metal dog with the long upcurved tail designed to hold your rings while you plough away in the kitchen. Another quirky addition to our kitchen, Mr Potato is relatively small, and his rear houses a strong enough brush while his ceramic body allows you something decent to grip onto when scrubbing away.
He's well designed and easy to use. The brush tips get into the nooks and crannies perfectly, and you can really work away at the potatoes which have some deep crevices or are particularly soily. I also find it rather more effective than a standard scrubbing brush as you don't have to take an excessive amount of care with it, as it does a lot of the work by having thin bristles that are placed closely together. I find that after using it, cleaning is quite simple, in fact I tend to just rinse it as I go, using the cold water tap to keep it clean as it scrubs. You can clearly see whether or not it needs any further cleaning, and it sits perfectly back on the side once you're done. No need to put this one away, it can sit right by your sink.
Of course, not everyone wants quirky additions to the kitchen, and in this respect then you may be disappointed. It's small and fairly unobtrusive, but is a natural talking point, so if you prefer your kitchen to look more like a showroom then this may not be for you. Nor is it cheap, as it costs a bit over £10. I've seen it go for around the £15 mark on amazon for example, and this is naturally an expense you may not feel is worth it. As a result, I'd say this is the perfect gift for someone if you don't feel like you can justify forking out for it yourself. Somehow, this always makes the cost more justifiable, no?
So, a cool quirky product that is quick to hand and does the job very weel, this is a product I'd happily recommend.
Summary: Effective and quirky potato scrubber
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