Everyone Just Discovered the Correct Way to Use a Potato Peeler, and Whoa, People Have Thoughts

published May 15, 2023
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If you’re like me, then you can probably thank social media for teaching you more than you’d like to admit. While the internet (including me) is still picking its jaw up off of the floor from the recent revelation about Morton Table Salt’s not-so-secret lid feature, another “the more you know” moment is making its rounds on TikTok — and this time, it’s showing us the proper way to use a potato peeler.

In the video, the content creator — who specializes in delivering content around dinner recipes and kitchen tools — goes on to demonstrate the wrong way of using a potato peeler: slicing only in a forward motion, letting the skin peel and fall forward, away from the body (the way I had been using it for my entire life). But the correct way to use a potato peeler — or any vegetable peeler, for that matter — is to hold the peeler against the potato, slicing back and forth while never lifting the blade. Simple. Why did I never think of doing this myself? I don’t know. Will I try this on my next potato? Definitely. 

And if anyone else is feeling like their peeler could use an upgrade after seeing how sharp and shiny it’s supposed to be from the TikTok video, I’ve got my eyes on a $10 self-sharpening find that doubles down on ease and convenience.

This post was originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: Everyone Just Discovered the Correct Way to Use a Potato Peeler, and People Are Speechless