“ Brand: Lakeland / Type: Peeler „
If there is one thing I enjoy it is peeling potatoes, I may be a little strange but I find it very therapeutic and would love the prison punishment of peeling a room of potatoes, I would be in my element!!
I was used to using a normal kitchen knife for peeling but on a trip to Lakeside with my step-mother, we got dragged to a stand where a rather enthusiastic man was going through a range of unbelievable items you couldn't live without in your kitchen. There were peelers, timers, dishes to poach eggs in, new fangled chopping boards that folded, chopping boards that didn't stick etc etc. I was unimpressed and about to walk away when my step mother got roped into helping with a demonstration on how to make a cucumber into a pretty swirl....how did I ever live without that tool? After leaving his table loaded like a donkey, we headed to the till only to realise that I was being made to buy his wares as well. I opted for the All purpose peeler, only because it was the cheapest item at £1.99 and it really didn't need a half hour demonstration as I had peeled many potatoes in my time.
I have to be honest that when I decided to use the peeler, I was as impressed with it as I was the guy selling it. That means not very, the handle is a curved plastic which holds a blade at one end. They had a few colours but I was so eager to get away from the irritating man, I grabbed the first one I could and ended up with white, how original!
When it comes to using it, I find the plastic quite uncomfortable to hold and the blade seems to sit at the wrong angle for me and it doesn't peel easily. It just felt all wrong and I much prefer my old faithful knife.
There is a metal bit that sticks out of one side next to the blade which is used for digging out nasty bits of the potato, the eyes etc but I found this the only task this peeler could manage. Although the actual peeler sits int the palm of your hand quite nicely, I find that holding the sides of it and trying to guide it around a potato quite tricky.
I know that peeling a potato isnt hard but this makes it hard work and I dont like using things that make things harder than they should be. Thumbs down from me :(
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler was something that was recommended to me by an colleague at work. I had mentioned that my peeler of 10 years had finally given up the ghost and they pointed me towards the Lakeland All Purpose Peeler. I have to say I am not disappointed with my new peeler and would recommend it to others.
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler comes in 4 bright colours lime/yellow, pink, orange and light blue. It is shaped almost like a horse shoe with the blade at the tip of the 'shoe'. It is made out of light weight plastic but is quite sturdy when you use it. The peeler has one blade at the end which is attached quite firmly.
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler can be bought from Lakeland stores but is also available on their website for a very reasonable £1.99. If you do order on the website please remember that postage costs £2.99 for orders under £30.
I have to say I was a little dubious when I bought this as it looked very flimsy and was so light I thought that there was no way that it would stand up to it's claim of being all purpose. However, I have been pleasantly surprised. I have had the peeler for two years now and it is still as sharp as the day that I bought it! It glides through potato peelings even on lumpy potatoes. I have used it to peel orange peel, lemon peel, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and turnips to name a few and it has worked perfectly every time. It sits in your hand very comfortable and there is no need to twist your hand at all to peel anything.
Well, apart from all the reasons above I would seriously recommend this to anyone as it is inexpensive, easy to use, easy to clean and maintain and does the job for what it is made. What more could you ask for?