The humble kitchen vegetable peeler. It's in every kitchen drawer, and dutifully comes out whenever any vegetables or fruit need peeling.
If it had feelings, it would be shouting 'I'M WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN THIS!'
Your underused peeler really can do so much more than just peel off skins. Read our clever tricks, and get your peeler to say (if it could speak), 'because I'm worth it!'
14 Clever Tricks With A Kitchen Peeler
2. Create chocolate curls: Nothing makes a cake look oh-so-decadent than topping one off with chocolate shavings. Make sure your chocolate isn't too soft, and then use your peeler to peel thin slices of chocolate, which will automatically turn into curls. If you want to make very thin curls, use a peeler that has 'julienne teeth'.
3. Make soap go further: Soap has a nasty habit of never being used up properly. It turns into a gunky, squishy mess that most of us throw away. Stop! Instead, make thick soap shavings with your kitchen peeler and place into a bag. You can just use a single-serve shaving each time you need it, keeping the rest dry!
4. Give your soap a new lease of life: Scented soap has a habit of losing it's scent quickly. That's because the outside solidifies. Shave off the outer layer of your bar of soap, and you'll find the aroma is back to full strength.
5. Vegetable Ribbons: This is a great tip, especially if you have a julienne peeler (a peeler that has serrated edges). Create spiralized ribbons of sweet potato or zucchini – great for adding a touch of class to salads.
6. Add a 'twist' to your cocktails: Ever wondered why cocktails made in fancy bars have twists and curls of citrus fruit in them, rather than just slices? The best cocktail makers know that when you create curls, the fruits release their oils more easily, adding flavor and aroma to the drink. Copy them by using your vegetable peeler to peel off a thick piece of orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime (skin intact), and bend each slice slightly to release the oils. Then pop into your cocktails!
7. Create slivers of cheese for salads: Huge chunks of cheese are a big no-no in salads, but perhaps you don't care much for cheese shavings, and need something more substantial? You'll find your vegetable peeler can easily create slivers of cheese, perfect for topping off your salads.
8. 'Refresh' cheese: Cheese left in the fridge can develop a hard rind-like exterior that is chewy and tasteless. Use your kitchen peeler to peel off this layer to reveal fresh, tasty cheese – wastes a lot less cheese than cutting the rind off with a knife.
9. Make watermelon monsters: Your kids are going to love this! Cut a watermelon into half (you only need half a melon to create one 'monster').
Cut the half melon into two portions; one portion should be 2/3rds to create the monster 'head', and the other 1/3rd for the monster 'jaw'. Now use your vegetable peeler to peel about an inch and half thickness of the skin from the cut end of each portion (leave the rest of the skin intact). Use a knife to create triangular 'white teeth' into the skinless part.Gouge out an 'eye socket' on the bigger piece and place a berry in there to create an eye. Now arrange both pieces on a big plate, and fill the monster's mouth with any fruit you like. Kids won't eat fruit? They will when they're taking them out of a monster's mouth!
10. Sharpen a pencil: Yes, you heard right! When you've no pencil sharpener to hand, put that dangerous knife away, and get your handy kitchen peeler out. Much faster.....and safer!
11. Get your kids to eat broccoli stems: Not just kids, lots of adults also don't like broccoli stems as they are tough. Use your vegetable peeler to slice off the outer layer, which will reveal the inner tender flesh. Watch everyone wolf down the stems as fast as the florets!
12. Never tear toast again: Everyone prefers a little butter on their toast, rather than margarine. But butter straight from the fridge is difficult to spread, and can tear your toasted slices. Just use your vegetable peeler (Y-shaped peelers are best here) to make super thin slices of butter that you can just lay on top of your toast. No spreading, no tearing!
13. Don't throw out 'old' potatoes: Potatoes start to sprout 'eyes' after a while, but they still remain edible. If you're using a Y-peeler, there should be a rounded loop on the side of your blade which is ideal for digging out these eyes, as well as any suspicious dark spots on your potatoes. If using a swivel peeler, you’ll find an extension on the blade, or a rounded nub, which you can also use to get rid of potato 'eyes'.
14. Love celery again: Most people don't like celery because of the stringy bits that get stuck in between the teeth. Simply shave off the curved sides (that's where all those fibers are). Fall in love with celery again!
Do you have an unusual use for your vegetable peelers that’s not on our list? Tell us! How do YOU use your Chef Remi Kitchen Peelers??