One of the kitchen’s most undervalued tools, the potato peeler, had a brief moment in the spotlight last month when it was announced that they were banned from upcoming UK music festival Parklife, thanks to Liam Gallagher’s twisted sense of humour and an ongoing feud between him and his brother, ex-Oasis bandmate Noel.
As peelers have been blacklisted from the festival through no fault of their own, we’ve decided to shine a light on the humble gadget’s other uses, sharing eight new ways to use a potato peeler.
Elevate your cake, mousse or tiramisu with a garnish of delicate chocolate shavings. Hold the chocolate block with one of the long edges facing down, then run the peeler along the top for fine, melt-in-the-mouth curls.
Carrot and zucchini curls
Create thin ribbons of vegetables, including carrot, zucchini, cucumber and radish. The resulting slices are wafer-thin, so there’s no need to cook them before tossing them into a colourful salad.
We love to pull out our trusty vegetable peeler to make parmesan shards for bruschetta or pasta as it saves washing up the grater.
Cucumber for cocktails
Create a chic garnish for this delicious cucumber martini by slicing cucumber ribbons with a vegetable peeler, then bunching them up and threading them onto a cocktail stick.
If you’re looking for a no-tears method for cutting onion, pull out your peeler to slice off thin slivers of onion.
Get rid of those annoying strings on celery by running your peeler down the length of the stalks.
Get your morning off to the right start by using a vegetable peeler to shave thin slivers of cold butter directly onto your toast – no more tearing up your toast with rock-hard butter.
There’s no need to invest in a spiralizer to make zoodles – simply shave zucchini into ribbons with your peeler, then stack the ribbons and thinly slice into strips.
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au