There are some household items that you know you need to replace regularly: sponges, loofahs, toothbrushes, makeup, water filters, pillows. But there is one common kitchen tool that, according to Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, may not realize that you need to get involved in the reg.
“Vegetable peelers are getting rusty, boring, and very cheap so you can just throw them away and buy new ones,” Garten said recently Food & Wine. “I do this every now and then.” Garten recommends replacing your vegetable peeler along with your zester annually Food & Wine.
The advice from the beloved chef and cosmopolitan enthusiast is a bit unexpected but actually makes a lot of sense. Seriously, how much time, forearm strength, and frustration have you spent wrestling with a blunt peeler and chopping a thick-skinned vegetable? Mutilate a potato, cucumber, turnip, eggplant, pumpkin or carrot ̵
Which peeler should you use? Garten recommends the Kuhn Rikon Straight Peeler ($ 5, Williams Sonoma), which has earned a coveted spot on their exclusive equipment list. You can also buy it in a colorful three-pack ($ 13, Amazon) so you can easily keep a fresh backup handy. (By the way, that’s Giada De Laurentiis’ choice too.)
For a zester, Garten likes the Cassandra’s Kitchen Zester / Rasp ($ 15, Cassandra’s Kitchen). Kenny Thapoung, the Chef at SELF, is loyal to the JOFUYU Premium Stainless Steel Lemon Zester and Cheese Grater ($ 11, Amazon). Whichever tool you use, make your food prep a little airy and toss that jagged old peeler like last week’s stinky leftovers.