Try It: Samurai Peeler

3:57 PM, Nov 25, 2009   |    comments
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Samurai Peeler

The Samurai Speed peeler says it can do twice the work in half the time.  The three piece set includes a peeler, julienne cutter and mandolin slicer.  We review this kitchen helper.

Ashley Curlette is a track coach for the state AAA champion girls cross country team at St. Pius X High School.  She knows the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  "I like salads," she said, "carrots and potatoes, love those things."   But all that peeling and slicing slows her down in the kitchen.

So the Samurai Speed peeler sounded like a winner to Ashley.  She tried the peeling a carrot first.  "Very easy," she said, "Lightweight, blade is sharp."  She also used it to peel a potato.  "Oh yeah, this works really well. No friction or anything," she said.  "It's really easy to peel the skins right off."

The julienne cutter lets you shred carrots, potatoes and cabbage like a pro.  The device cuts thin strips off the vegetables quickly for garnishes and salads.  "Oh yea, it works really fine like this," Ashley said.  "I feel like Julia Child."

The product was looking great so far but then she tried out the bonus mandolin speed slicer.   Ashley had a tough time figuring out how to attach the plastic board to the peeler.  In the commercial they say it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Ashley disagreed.  "Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10."  After finally getting it together, the mandolin really wasn't much help.   "What's the purpose of this?" she said.  The topper - after the first use, the white plastic was stained.

So does the Samurai Speed Peeler make the cut with this track coach?  "I love the julienne slicer and peeler but I do not like the mandolin slicer," Ashley said.  "So overall I give it a thumbs up and a thumbs down."

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