Canton (Ohio) Rep staff members weigh in on the Magic Orange Peeler
Magic Orange Peeler
99 cents (we found ours in the bakery at Hartville Kitchen)
Jennifer Mastroianni: My standard orange-peeling method is to bite out the navel with my bottom teeth and peel off the rest of the skin with my fingernails.
So why would I spend a dollar on a plastic peeler when I have my own free tool handy at all times?
I was willing to give it a try. I put my middle finger in the ring and circled the orange until the peel was scored in sections. The strips of peel popped right off.
The tool comes in handy if you don’t like biting into an orange, or if you don’t want sticky pith under your nails.
Saimi Bergmann: “A knife! Hand me a knife!” I said through gritted teeth after minutes of awkward fumbling with this “tool.”
Once size does not fit all. The ring won’t go over the knuckles of most men, and it will flop around on the fingers of children.
The “tooth” that is supposed to cut the rind is too short for navel oranges (it leaves pith behind) and too long for thinner-skinned varieties (it cuts into the orange and creates a juicy mess).
Once you score the peel, you still have to use your fingers to pull it off, so your fingers still smell like orange, so what was the point? Sure, it’s small and won’t take up much space in your utensil drawer. Sure, the price is low. But I wouldn’t take one if it was free.