Many people peel their vegetables in a bowl of water to contain all the bits, but personally I think
that peeling them onto several sheets of scrap newspaper or Braille magazine,
spread out on your clean draining board is much easier, if only to stop your
sink getting clogged.
I realise that many visually impaired people still prefer to use a vegetable knife, but I prefer
to use a potato peeler with a y-shaped handle that has a horizontal blade
running across the top, so you can pull the peeler towards you to remove the skin,
rather than sideways, which means not having to twist the vegetable round in
your hand as you are trying to peel it!
Find a peeler that is lightweight yet substantial, with a blade that swivels slightly but not too much, or the blunt edge
will catch on the vegetable when you are using it.
You will find the right way to hold the peeler that suits you best with practice, but use your predominant hand, i.e. the right hand if that is your
Hold the peeler with the handle in the palm of your hand and the peeling slit in the blade downwards.
Settle it comfortably so that your finger ends are angled over and above the top and slightly in front
of the blade.
Now take the vegetable in your other hand and lay the hand with the peeler in it on top of the
Hold your wrists comfortably, the hand holding the vegetable probably with your thumb upwards and, keeping
your peeler hand flat, slide the peeler along the vegetable, bringing it
You will notice that as well as the peel coming away, the finger ends positioned over the blade can be dropped down on to the vegetable, monitoring your progress.
You will soon get used to the moister, slightly less grainy texture that lies below the skin.
Once one strip is off, lift your peeler hand, back to the other end of the vegetable, move a little way further across till you can feel the slightly
raised, rougher, less resistant unpeeled ridge and repeat the process.
You will soon get used to the changing texture as you become more fluent with the peeler and accustomed to what to
Giving the peeler a little shake will dislodge any peel on to your paper.
It might be necessary to turn the vegetable round to peel the other half, particularly if you are dealing with a large carrot or potato.
Have a bowl of luke warm water to drop the vegetable into every now and again as this will remove any starchiness or
stickiness from whatever it is your working on, making it easier to feel the
rougher, slightly raised, more resistant unpeeled areas.
The only reason why I say lukewarm is to keep your hands at a comfortable working temperature!
I’m thoughtful like that! Smile!