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Prep those Potatoes - Mr Potato style
Mr Potato Brush
Member Name: scooch12
Mr Potato Brush
Date: 20/09/13, updated on 21/09/13 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Cute item, does a great job on smaller jobs
Disadvantages: The bristles don't return to shape quite as well as they could do
I bought the Mr Potato brush from ebay around two years ago, alongside a few other kitchen accessories from the same range by Joie. I thought he was cute, funky and would be a nice addition in my kitchen, being a bit different than a standard scrubbing brush. He cost around £3 back then but today he costs around £5.
The bristles on this brush are fairly short at around 1.5cm long but it's certainly not something that I've found has affected my use when using. The bristles are quite soft and are fairly flexible when brushing it across items, including potatoes which is what I mainly use it for. They are fixed underneath a potato shape, which forms half of the scrubbing brush unit and is made of strong, rigid plastic. He's a similar colour to a potato mainly, but also has green feet and eyes that are clear plastic with a piece of black plastic inside to give the effect of an eye. The bristles are cream and he also has little marks on him, just as a real potato would from the eyes. The brush is small, at around 6cm tall and 4cm deep so doesn't look out of place at all on my worktop. As it's quite small, it's quite easy to lose grip on him, especially if running the food under some water at the same time.
I've used mine until now but that's because it's only used whenever preparing potatoes and that being it - we don't eat them very regularly. I doubt it would last anywhere near as long if it was used very regularly or for dirtier items. The potatoes I buy are usually ones that have been rinsed before being sold and I just scrub them for a minute just to make sure they're as clean as they can be. I think if he's used to scrub over more stubborn items of food, he wouldn't do an exceptional job. The bristles move flexibly but don't spring back into shape all that well and although he does a great job on the potatoes that we buy, I'm not sure he'd do a fantastic job on items that required a bit more work because of this problem.
The brush is easy to clean after use to get rid of excess and dirt that it picks up - I usually just rinse it quickly in warm water whenever it needs and usually the excess leaves straight away. It helps that the bristles are soft and smooth to touch as I don't find much dirt sticks in the bristles very much anyway. The bristles haven't started to come away or fall out with my use either and it still looks in good condition so I feel it will stay in our house for a while yet.
I would recommend this little scrubbing brush, it's a great little item and one I'm glad I came across by chance way back when. Since then, I've not had to use any other and when I finally do need to replace my current one I will do so with another of these ones. I also really like the fact that there are other items available in the potato range - I also own the potato peeler (another fantastic item), the food storage clip and the potato masher. They are lovely looking items and a bit quirky compared to the standard ranges of kitchen accessories. I've rated the potato scrubbing brush 4 dooyoo stars as it fully deserves them, I've just taken one off for the bristles not returning to shape as brilliantly as they need to for stubborn things. I don't think this item would be ideal if you're used to preparing a lot of vegetables as you may need a scrubbing brush that's a little more substantial than this. If you're like me though and just need one for a small amount of use, then this is great.
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: A great little item to have on display in the kitchen
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