This fall we have been rigorously testing vegetable peelers. A good vegetable peeler is essential; we use ours daily, especially during apple pie season! During the Best Pie Bakeoff last month we systematically tested quite a few peelers, and now we're bringing you our favorites.
First up: a classic, from CUTCO.
This CUTCO peeler got high marks for doing a basic job in a quiet, thoroughly competent manner. It didn't have a novel approach or fancy new materials. It's built solidly with an ergonomic plastic handle and a very sharp blade.
The handle is larger and more bulky than the slim metal peelers we're used to, and it took a little adjustment before we were comfortable. When we adjusted, though, it felt steady and sure, like it wasn't going to slip away unexpectedly. The blade was killer sharp, and we peeled five apples in much less time than usual.
The CUTCO guarantee also makes this appealing. They guarantee their products unconditionally, and also offer sharpening services.
It's a little tricky, of course, to buy their products; you can't just walk into a store or buy them online. You need to buy them through a CUTCO representative. If you do have an opportunity to buy one, though, we highly recommend this peeler. It's been a great tool so far, and we have read reviews from other customers who say theirs has stayed sharp for eight or nine years.
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They don't list prices on their official site, but these CUTCO peelers run about $27.
Do you have any CUTCO products? Have you enjoyed them? Watch for more peeler reviews soon, including one old-fashioned peeler we discovered in an offbeat place and another unusual peeler from France.