Friday, 27 May 2011 12:00
Testing 1-2-3 Testing 1-2-3: EZ Peel Gloves
Any Italian will tell you that they were taught to eat a balanced diet that incorporates all the food groups: pasta, pizza and potatoes. We live in carb-heaven and our blood sugar levels and mid-section pays for it but man, does it taste good! I don’t regret eating all the food my Nonna has ever force-fed me; I only regret passing out afterwards instead of doing some sit-ups or something.
The point is, if you’re going to enjoy each food group equally, you don’t want to spend hours on food prep. If there’s one thing I hate most… it’s peeling potatoes. I always used to get those looks of disappointment from my aunts when they saw that I peeled off about half of each potato along with the skins. Listen, I can’t spend 10 minutes on each potato with a paring knife and the fear of carpel tunnel. I just can’t do it!
So when I saw the infomercial for the EZ Peel Gloves I just KNEW I had to try them.
So here’s the dealio: The peeps at the As Seen on TV company claim that these gloves have special abrasive palms and fingers that will take away only the peel (in mere seconds!) and leave you with a beautiful, smooth potato ready for doing all sorts of things: baking, frying… or you know, adding bacon. You get the picture.
Just a quick warning: these gloves are made of latex so if that’s an issue for you, don’t order them. The instructions say to boil your potatoes for about 5 minutes and then scrub them with the gloves under running water. Simple enough…it’s not rocket surgery after all!
This is what the potato looked like before:
This is after one quick pass with the gloves:
Gloves in action:
And the final product, which was about 15 seconds of scrubbing:
As you can see, it really does work. It literally just took off the skin and you can even scrub some of those weird brown spots that sometimes appear beneath the skin.
It is a bit weird taking out these heavy duty orange gloves to peel potatoes and it would be nice if the designers came up with something more attractive for the next batch. Like zebra print! But all in all, I will actually use these. It’s not much of a hassle and you can use it to peel other veggies too. I can see them being especially useful when preparing for large parties … or if you need a really good exfoliator. For just under $10 and a 2-for-1 deal, I would say these gloves are worth it.
By guest blogger, Lisa Ferlaino