hot ginger and lemon drinks and all the fresh curry pastes and spice rubs we turn to in the colder months, we must go through pounds of it. But we don't like peeling it at all. So we were rather interested when OXO sent us their new ginger peeler to try out.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind, looking at a ginger peeler, is "unitasker!" We've talked about peeling ginger with a spoon, which we know works well for many of you, and up until now we've resorted to a knife. Why do you need a separate tool, you ask? The problem with the knife is that we are impatient and just willy-nilly hack off chunks of ginger, often wasting a lot of the clump. The spoon technique, sadly, has just never worked well for us. Our spoons don't seem to be sharp enough to really scrape off the skin effectively. So, what about this little tool? It's built with some of the same idea of the spoon. It has a rounded blade that, unlike a spoon, is sharp enough to really peel away the ginger skin. The body of the peeler is stubby and curved to lay in the palm of your hand. It's easy to cradle it in one hand with the ginger in another. We loved the way this worked with the ginger. It was easy to peel off the ginger skin, working quickly around the bumps and creases, and wasting very little of the ginger itself in the process. Overall, we thought this is a great little tool for people who go through tons of ginger. If you regularly make curries from scratch or cook with a lot of fresh ginger, you might enjoy this, and the (small) space it takes up in your drawer might be justified. But if you don't cook with ginger very much, then stick to the spoon trick. What do you all think? Have you tried out this OXO peeler? • Find it: OXO's Good Grips Ginger Peeler, $6.99 at Amazon Related: Oxo's Perfect Peeler (Images: Faith Durand)