Ina Garten holding a microphone.
Ina Garten Constantly Replaces Vegetable Peelers (And You Should Too)
By Arianna Endicott
Ina Garten doesn't like to keep her vegetable peelers around for too long, and neither should you. The celebrity chef told Food & Wine that vegetable zesters and peelers should be discarded and subsequently replaced every year — a practice that has become a routine in Garten's kitchen.
"Vegetable peelers get rusty, they get dull, and they're very cheap, so you can just throw them out and buy new ones," she stated. Food & Wine associate food editor Kelsey Youngman agreed, saying, "Once the blade goes, you're better off with a new sharp peeler."
Although you can sharpen the blade of your vegetable peeler using a metal nail file, it can seem like a lot of work for such an inexpensive kitchen item. For example, the Kuhn Rikon Straight Peeler, one of Garten's favorites, will cost you about $5 at Williams Sonoma, and it features a heavy-duty plastic handle and a carbon steel blade, which allows it to stay sharper for longer.