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Ok, I must admit that I'm pretty useless at peeling stuff in the kitchen with the normal potato peeler. Perhaps it is because I am left handed, perhaps I haven't adapted to the 'grip and the blade is an extension of your hand' method. But before I found the Chef'n Palm Peeler I found it really difficult to peel potatoes or carrots. With it, the job (and my life cooking food at uni) has been made so much easier.
__So, what is it?__
Basically, it is a kitchen peeler, but instead of you gripping the peeler with your hand and the blade coming out of the side, the blade is now in the palm of your hand. You put your middle finger through the hole at the top of the device, hold on to the plastic shield in your palm and operate the peeler with the blade on the other side of the shield. At the tip, there's a device to remove potato eyes.
Let's focus on practicality first. With the blade being closer to your hand (in fact in the palm of your hand) you have greater control over how you peel. You rely on using your arm rather than using your wrist to peel, and don't need the guidance of your other hand. Peeling requires less effort and perhaps less skill is needed to operate this device efficiently compared to the normal peelers. I'd say the method of peeling this device is similar to stroking a potato! The shield prevents peel from getting on the operating hand, although sometimes it can stick to the underside of the shield and every now and again you will have to remove it.
Now, design. Chef'n seem to make these ingeniously designed products with high quality workmanship and well finished final product. This device is no exception. The device works with both your left and right hand (perhaps it is just me but other peelers don't work as well). The blade swivels as well, so it adjusts to the contours of the object you are peeling, rather than a rigid blade which I would argue would be more difficult to use. The top half of the device is made of a soft rubbery material, and the place where your finger slides on expands, meaning it will take all sizes of fingers and it is also easy to put on and take off. This is mounted onto a more study hard plastic shield, onto which a stainless steel blade is attached (and is allowed to swivel). On one side of this hard plastic shield there is a potato eyer - use it to dig out stuff in the potato that you don't want.
It's pretty easy to clean - there are no hidden crevasses where peel can hide - just clean the top half, one side of the bottom half and then the other side and that's basically it. It's also dishwasher safe - you can stick it on the top rack and there are no issues.
I've had two of these blades - one has been in the home for about 3 years - and I've noticed that it has started to get a bit blunt. I bought another one for university last year because without it I would have taken hours to peel a couple of potatoes. It costs around £3 to £4, but even though you can get a cheap peeler from Tesco for 15p or so, considering the time saved using the PalmPeeler, I think it is definitely worth it, particularly if you find it difficult to peel potatoes the normal way.
Summary: This product is a total life saver in the kitchen. I'd say that this is the most useful kitchen gadget that I own. Where the blade is located is so intuitive - it makes peeling so much easier! It is most useful for people who can't peel stuff quickly, as the job is made so much easier with this device. If you're already nifty at peeling, perhaps it isn't as necessary but I'd suggest that you should still try it out to see what difference it makes.