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I cook most of mine and my family's meals form scratch and I like to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets so a vegetable peeler is an absolute must-have for me. I have actually got two vegetable peelers - one which I was given by my Mum but never use as it's so flimsy feeling, and this one from Tesco which I use all the time.
This peeler is part of Tesco's own brand 'Go Cook' range and I've had this for around a year now and I've never had any problems with it at all. I paid around £3 for it and it is currently retailing at £4 which personally I think is still a fairly reasonable price. It might seem slightly expensive for a peeler compared to some of the other brands around however it is sturdy and durable and it has proven to be worth the money.
The peeler is fairly basic and minimal in design, and it reminds me a bit of a disposable shaving razor shape wise. It has got a black plastic handle which is easy to hold and grip, and it doesn't feel flimsy at all. The handle has got a hollow rounded part at the end so to save space it can be hung up, however I store mine in my utensil sorter in my top drawer and it doesn't take up much room. At first I stored it in my second drawer down in my kitchen however as it's so sharp I found my self having to be really careful each time I reached in so I moved it to the utensil sorter as I thought this would be much safer.
The blade part of the peeler needs to be held at a certain angle to be effective - in an up and down motion. The blade was extremely sharp at first but after a while it has become blunter and it isn't as sharp so it can take a little longer to peel the vegetables, but it's still quicker than my other peeler. As the metal blade has a swivel head, the peeler did scare me a little at first as I was worried I could cut my self if I held it at the wrong angle, however I soon got used to it and I've never had any injuries from using this!
I use this mainly to peel roasting potatoes for when I make homemade chips/roast potatoes etc which is fairly often and I have found it to be a lot quicker than the other peeler that I have as the blade part has a larger surface area, and I like that because it is fairly sharp even now that it has become blunter after so much use I don't have to apply very much pressure so my hand never hurts afterwards.
Saying that though, I have also used it on sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have got a tougher skin than normal roasting potatoes and I used to really struggle to peel them, but this slices through the skin reasonably easily however unlike with normal baking potatoes I do have to apply a little more pressure. I have to put a bit of effort in when peeling vegetables with tough skin, but this peeler does it in a fraction of the time that it would take with my other peeler.
Though it does cope fine with sweet potatoes and a few other vegetables with tough skin, when it comes to things like swede, pumpkin, butternut squash etc it doesn't cope anywhere near as well and the angle can be awkward with strange shaped veggies like butternut squash, so I tend to use a knife for these kinds of vegetables else it takes too long and can get frustrating. I have also used this to peel apples for my homemade apple crumbles and apple pies and a fair few other fruits and vegetables.
My partner uses this sometimes too whenever he cooks, and he hasn't mentioned anything bad about it, and he never seems to struggle with it. Cleaning the peeler doesn't take very long at all as there are no little nooks and crannies, I just wash the blade area under a running tap which does the job and it is dishwasher safe. All in all this is a good peeler. It's by no means completely flawless but I do recommend it and I am going to give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The fist thing to say is that the picture shown is not for the Y shaped peeler! However as the review title is for the Y shaped peeler that is what I will review! I nearly always cook from scratch and peeling vegetables is something I do daily. I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to kitchen gadgets and so when I spotted this stylish looking peeler from the Tesco go cook range I bought it.
Most of the vitamin C contained in vegetables is found just under the skin and so peeling the skin as thinly as possible is essential! I had been using a knife to peel with and it is really difficult to peel thinly and I would often end up peeling thick strips of skin especially from potatoes.
The peeler is a y shape ( hence the name). It has a sharp stainless steel blade and soft grip ,non slip black plastic handle. The peeler is dishwasher safe although I usually rinse it by hand. The blade is very sharp so you do need to be careful when drying ! I find the peeler really easy to use and it peels the skin away thinly so retaining those important vitamins. I use it mainly for peeling potatoes and it is a lot quickly than using a knife. I have also recently been given a bag of cooking apples and the peeler made the job of peeling them simple and efficient.
In the past I owned a Tesco swivel type peeler and found this a lot more awkward to use than the Y shaped peeler I now have. I really like the look and quality of the Tesco go cook range and think this peeler is great value for its £3.65 price tag.
Overall I would recommend the Y shaped peeler; just ensure you don't buy the swivel version!
mmmm.... I'm a little confused, I own the 'Y' shaped Tesco Peeler but the picture shown above is the Tesco Go Cook Swivel peeler, as the review is titled 'Y' shaped peeler that's what I shall review!!!!
I bought this instore a couple of years ago, it cost around 3 or 4 quid- abit more than I would normally pay for a peeler. A quick look on their website shows them selling at the current price of £3.
The 'Y' Shaped Peeler is so called because unsurprisingly it's in the shape of a Y. The peeler handle is roughly 6 inches long with a 'v' shaped head- the curved blade sitting across the top of the 'v' held in place with sort of hinges either side thus making the blade move with the shape of the veg. The peeler is light in weight.
It's made from stainless steel and has a coated handle. According to the Tesco website the peeler is battery free, suitable for the dishwasher and -obviously- not microwave safe. The whole thing is good quality and sturdy feeling, it's comfortable to hold and easy to clean.
I peel things almost daily, with 6 of us in the house that's a lot of potatoes, and the blade is still sharp. I find it easy to use as the hinged blade glides over the uneven shapes of the veg/ fruit. The blade size takes a nice one inch or so wide strip of skin off making quick work of peeling- a chore which I hate. The veg/ fruit skin comes off nice and thin making minimal food waste. I find 'Y' shaped peelers alot quicker to use than traditional peelers (as the one pictured above) or knives- so again a plus for me as I hate peeling. Also being clumsy I'm glad of the design, my fingers are well away from the blade.
Pulling out potato eyes is something I do during the chopping up stage with a sharp knife so I don't miss the sharp pointed end of some swivel peelers.
I would recommend this peeler and wouldn't hesitate to buy the same one again.
I try to avoid peeling veg at all costs as I find it a bit boring but sometimes it can't be avoided and as we eat mainly vegetarian food (I don't like meat) vegetables are a must in our household. I do like having a browse at the supermarket, anything that distracts from the main job of piling food in to the trolley hey! My previous peeler was OK at its job but had gone a bit rusty in the drawer so I picked this up during the weekly shop just before Christmas and threw away the old peeler.
The purchase decision
The big handle on the peeler appealed to me as I have quite large hands (for a lady!) and often fumble with wet veg when peeling. It was also stainless steel so I thought it might not rust when left in the drawer between uses. I also like the end of the peeler for digging out any eyes in the potatos if they have gone a little bit manky.
The main thing I peel are potatoes, carrots and parsnips and the odd apple for my daughter when I can't be bothered to munch the peel off for her. I find it easy to grip and nice and sharp for peeling the skin of the veg off without wasting too much of the vegetables. It is definitely safer than using a sharp knife thanks to the safety part near the blade so it is a better idea to use this than a knife on its own. I even use the peeler when not peeling; using the pokey tool on the end to rid myself of any eyes in the potatoes when we are cooking them as jacket spuds. Washing the tool is easy, I tend to hand wash the peeler with a bristle brush and it doesn't take much scrubbing.
This peeler costs £3.65 which is probably at the top end of what I am prepared to pay for a vegetable peeler!
I do think this peeler looks a lot nicer than my previous peeler which was all plastic with a metal blade. The handle makes it easy to hold and you can get a proper purchase on the vegetable you are peeling. The round shape of potatoes was more difficult to peel with this peeler than the long and thin veg like carrots but that may be true of any style peeler.
I use this peeler two to three times per week and have had no problem with it so far. I do prefer it to look at more than my old plastic one but I hope that over time the blade doesn't become less sharp and make peeling the veg hard work. This is in no way a speciality item but the long and thin shape suits my large hands and makes quite light work of peeling the vegetables. If you are looking for a new peeler I am happy to recommend this one, and will probably buy a similar style when this one comes to the end of its life.
I have cutlery and utensils of many varieties and from different places. When I first moved out at the tender age of 18 I didn't even realise how I would need to purchase such practical things like a can opener and a peeler! Fortunately I lived near a huge Tesco which had all the usual assortments of homeware so I managed to snap this up some years ago, and it still lingers in the cutlery draw to this day.
The peeler looks a bit like a sharp knife and when in my drawer I often mistake it for such with a quick glance. It has a long black handle which is made from plastic and allows the peeler to be easy to grip and comfortable to hold. The plastic is quite matte so this is useful as my hands can sometimes be slippy and wet if flapping about in the kitchen doing numerous things like also cooking meat and vegetables and rice etc.
The blade of the peeler is rather sharp at the tip and has a jagged blades with space in the middle which sits vertically in line with the shape of the handle. To be honest when I first bought this I didn't think of the practicality of peeling and more looked at the cheap price and thought I'd be able to use it perfectly fine. Realistically this peeler is not suitable for me to use!
I generally only peel potatoes (the boring cook that I am but this will change in line with my new years resolution!) and so in respect of peeling these I find this tool really hard to use. For starters being designed vertically I am not used to holding a peeler this way and so find it takes me ages to peel anything at all. At my mums she always had the peeler where the blades sit horizontally making a semi-circle kind of shape on the peeler. So transitioning to this type was awkward and just not my cup of tea!
Another annoying thing about the peeler is the blade is not really sharp and it only seems to peel short peels of a potato skin at a time. The metal piece of the peeler is curved slightly and when scraping across the skin of the potato it foes not seem to catch enough to peel huge strips off in one go. This definitely is not altogether useful and another reason why it sits in the draw unused!
On the whole, I sadly cannot find any reason to recommend this peeler. Sure its cheap, I think back in the day I probably paid about £2.50 on it, and nowadays it can be picked up for around £3 or so. This is a good buy as I see kitchen utensils costing in excess of this, but considering its annoying to use and is poor quality anyway its more worthwhile to just shell out a few more pennies and get a good one, which I ended up doing!
When my old peeler began to get so blunt it wouldn't peel things very happily any more (baring in mind it was probably 10 years old or something, and I cook A LOT so it had a lot of use in that time!) I decided that I wanted to get a new peeler. I didn't have a lot of money at the time, and decided that the best thing to do would be to use Tesco because of their clubcard system, meaning I could purchase the peeler with the points I had on my clubcard, which was quite handy.
When I arrived at the store, I found that they only had a couple of varieties of peeler in stock and this one seemed to be the cheaper one, but still looked like it would do what it needed to do - peel!
The look of the peeler is fairly basic, like most peelers are. It has a black handle with some of that rubber stuff on it to make it easier to grip, which is always handy if you've got to peel something big or awkward. The blade of the peeler is metal, and is a basic peeler design; up and down piece of metal which has been curved and sliced to create the peeling blade. It's just your average sort of peeler, really.
Upon first using it, I found that it was relatively easy to use, easily managing to peel the potatoes I had wanted to peel that evening for my dinner. I was quite pleased with it, although it did take a few attempts to get it to peel decent sized strips of the skin of the potatoes. I guess this is probably the case with any peeler though, to be fair, so it's not really a negative.
I found that the product was relatively easy to clean as well, which is always a bonus when it comes to sharp things! Of course you still have to watch your fingers when you're cleaning it, and make sure you don't leave it in a bowl of water for someone else to find and cut themselves on, but this is up to you, really. It's a health and safety matter, not a product fault. I've never cut myself with this particular peeler though, so I wouldn't see this being a problem anyway, as long as you are careful with it.
I would have to say that this is a pretty good peeler. I would definitely recommend it to people that like to use the traditional up and down peeler like this one is. If you prefer to use one with the blade going the other way though, this might be more difficult for you to use. My mother, for example, prefers horizontal blades and found this more difficult to use.
Overall, for the price of £3.50 (or £3.65 as the site specifies the product now costs) I would have to say that this was well worth the money - well, clubcard voucher.
Tesco has a really great cooking department where you can find just about every kind of tool you need for your kitchen. When I first set up a home with my husband its here that we bought all the little things that you don't have and need for your kitchen such as cheese slicers, graters, and peelers. Its Tesco's I now go to when I need to update my utensil drawer and its here I bought this very cheap but very good Y peeler.
For me a peeler is an essential item in the kitchen. I like to cook with fresh vegetables and my little boys favourite vegetable at the moment is carrots I am forever peeling carrots. I also peel potatoes, butternut squash, fruits to be able to puree them for my little boy and this peeler works really well.
The peeler is just a long handled peeler and has the round blade at a verticle angle on the peeler so its up and down as opposed to peelers you can get where the blade is horizontal across the handle. I prefer this better this way as I think you can get a good grip on the peeler and peel the vegetables quickly and efficiently. The handle on the peeler is quite short but big enough for you to be able to wrap your whole hand around it so you get a good grip on it and can attack your vegetables well. There is also a black plastic grip on it which makes holding it easier and means your hand does not slip when you are peeling the vegetables. The rest of the peeler is made of metal so its very sturdy and hard wearing. I find this particularly useful when I am peeling butternut squash which I do for soups and puree for my little boy. These are really quite hard to peel and very hard when they are not cooked and the angle of them means they are awkward but this peeler does a really good job on them.
The actual peeler head is fairly large and wide so you get a good amount of skin off in each peel and it doesn't take too long to do each vegetable. The blade has kept sharp for years as I have never had to sharpen it or replace it. The peeler costs just £3.27 which is an absolute bargain in my opinion and a peeler I cannot see myself replacing for a very long time yet as it works so well.