I have to confess.....I'm a lover of kitchen gadgets! I am not one of those people who buy gadgets just because they're cool, I buy them if I really believe the product will make my life easier and is affordable (a cost-benefit analysis, if you will). I recently bought this Victorio VKP1010 apple peeler from Amazon because I've heard of a bunch of people talking about them and the reviews are great. For $20, I decided it was worth a try. Boy was I happy I did....this is easily one of the best things I've purchased for my kitchen.
This was so super easy to set up and to use. If you read the directions first (and I notice most who fussed about the product obviously didn't do this step) there is only a couple of minutes worth of setup and familiarization with the device. I was peeling apples in less than 5 minutes after opening the box. I peeled an apple start to finish in under 6 seconds and did it without a single jam or problem. I couldn't believe how easy it was and how much less apple waste it created than when I peeled them by hand with a paring knife. I didn't use the corer or slicer part of the machine yet because I plan on coring and cutting the apples into wedges with my other favorite product....the apple wedger from Pampered Chef (although others bought from Walmart work fine too).
My son thought the contraption looked stupid, my daughter thought it looked old-timey and hubby just thought I was weird for getting this and that it couldn't possibly work or be worth $20. Well I don't care if it looks dumb or old-timey, but hubby's getting a challenge this weekend. I told him he's peeling 15 apples by hand and then can use this weird contraption for the next 15 and let him make up his own mind.
At this point, I'm just mad at myself for not knowing about this thing last year when I was canning applesauce, apple butter, and apple slices!! What about you....do you have any kitchen gadgets that you can't live without? Please share!