Gadget: Rotato Express

Just because we don't recommend unitaskers for your kitchen doesn't mean we can't show them to you. Take a look at this potato peeler - clearly a modern attempt to update those old-fashioned table clamp styles of potato and apple peelers.

This fascinates us, in a Rube Goldberg sort of way. It's a fairly self-explanatory gadget; just stick a potato upright on the spike, then let the peeler go. It automatically stops at the end of the skin. We wonder how well it works; has anyone tried it?

And while we wouldn't buy one of these ourselves, we do wonder if it would be useful for people with arthritis who can't grip a peeler very well. Our grandmother doesn't enjoy peeling mounds of potatoes for Thanksgiving or Sunday suppers very much anymore, and a gadget like this might actually be more than a unitasker in the right kitchen.

• Buy Rotato Express at Fresh Finds for $24.99

You can also buy a manual, hand-cranked version.

Original Rotato, $19.99

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.