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I'm not very good in the kitchen department, so it's just as well that Mr. Thecatsnose is an excellent cook and manages to rustle up something for us to eat every day, otherwise we would be eating cereal and toast if it was left to me. Occasionally though, I have notions that I am a domestic goddess and will venture into the kitchen, with dreams of turning into Nigella, and creating something wonderful.
The reality is that if I use the grill, I burn the inside of my wrists and end up looking like I have failed a suicide attempt for the next 3 weeks while waiting for the ugly red marks to fade. If I have something bubbling away in a pan I get distracted by the mountain of washing that needs folding, and it ends up boiling dry. If I am peeling vegetables, it is practically a guarantee that I will emerge with more slices out of my fingers or the heel of my hand than out of the potato.
It was with the peeling in mind that I went out on the hunt for a vegetable peeler, and came home with the Jamie Oliver Speed Peeler (bought from T J Hughes for £2.99 at the time).
This vegetable peeler is fab. It is so sharp that you can peel pretty much anything with it, it glides through potato peel easily, shaving off a waver thin slice so there is no waste. Because it is so sharp, you don't have to dig in like you would do with a knife, because the peel offers no resistance at all to the blade. I am pretty sure you could shave your legs with this if you needed to!
Because of the shape it is comfortable to hold as you hold it more like a razor than a knife, and it is made of stainless steel so it shouldn't go grotty over time. I have tested it out on potatoes, carrots, aubergines and courgettes so far, and it has worked perfectly every time, and according to the information on the packaging Jamie says "Apart from just peeling veg and potatoes quickly and easily, they're great for shaving parmesan or even chocolate!" although I haven't tried this myself yet.
If you are a novice in the kitchen, or just want to speed up your preparation time, I would recommend this speed peeler.
Peels almost anything!