“ Brand: Cargo / Type: Utensil - Scrubbing Brush „
I bought the Mr Potato brush from ebay around two years ago, alongside a few other kitchen accessories from the same range by Joie. I thought he was cute, funky and would be a nice addition in my kitchen, being a bit different than a standard scrubbing brush. He cost around £3 back then but today he costs around £5.
The bristles on this brush are fairly short at around 1.5cm long but it's certainly not something that I've found has affected my use when using. The bristles are quite soft and are fairly flexible when brushing it across items, including potatoes which is what I mainly use it for. They are fixed underneath a potato shape, which forms half of the scrubbing brush unit and is made of strong, rigid plastic. He's a similar colour to a potato mainly, but also has green feet and eyes that are clear plastic with a piece of black plastic inside to give the effect of an eye. The bristles are cream and he also has little marks on him, just as a real potato would from the eyes. The brush is small, at around 6cm tall and 4cm deep so doesn't look out of place at all on my worktop. As it's quite small, it's quite easy to lose grip on him, especially if running the food under some water at the same time.
I've used mine until now but that's because it's only used whenever preparing potatoes and that being it - we don't eat them very regularly. I doubt it would last anywhere near as long if it was used very regularly or for dirtier items. The potatoes I buy are usually ones that have been rinsed before being sold and I just scrub them for a minute just to make sure they're as clean as they can be. I think if he's used to scrub over more stubborn items of food, he wouldn't do an exceptional job. The bristles move flexibly but don't spring back into shape all that well and although he does a great job on the potatoes that we buy, I'm not sure he'd do a fantastic job on items that required a bit more work because of this problem.
The brush is easy to clean after use to get rid of excess and dirt that it picks up - I usually just rinse it quickly in warm water whenever it needs and usually the excess leaves straight away. It helps that the bristles are soft and smooth to touch as I don't find much dirt sticks in the bristles very much anyway. The bristles haven't started to come away or fall out with my use either and it still looks in good condition so I feel it will stay in our house for a while yet.
I would recommend this little scrubbing brush, it's a great little item and one I'm glad I came across by chance way back when. Since then, I've not had to use any other and when I finally do need to replace my current one I will do so with another of these ones. I also really like the fact that there are other items available in the potato range - I also own the potato peeler (another fantastic item), the food storage clip and the potato masher. They are lovely looking items and a bit quirky compared to the standard ranges of kitchen accessories. I've rated the potato scrubbing brush 4 dooyoo stars as it fully deserves them, I've just taken one off for the bristles not returning to shape as brilliantly as they need to for stubborn things. I don't think this item would be ideal if you're used to preparing a lot of vegetables as you may need a scrubbing brush that's a little more substantial than this. If you're like me though and just need one for a small amount of use, then this is great.
Thanks for reading :o)
No one likes being a dirty little scrubber, and when preparing potatoes for most forms of cooking where the skin is still used, it's quite important to make sure it's clean. The best potatoes are the ones that have the least travelling distance from ground to kitchen, and this means that they're likely to still be covered in things from the ground they grew in. Quite often this means any chemicals that have been used, and some of these can get embedded into the little nooks and crannies that the undulating surfaces of potatoes have. Therefore, when prepping your fresh potatoes, you need to make sure they're clean.
Scrubbing a potato is a thankless task. I find that having a brush of some sort to do this with makes a much better job of it than using my bare hands, and while it doesn't take much of a brush, there has to be a combination of strong enough bristles to make sure the dirt comes off but without ripping the outside of your potato to bits, and this is where this Mr Potato brush comes in nicely.
To many kitchens are full of boring junk that serves purpose but does not much else. We could go and buy a fingernail brush that would probably do the same job that this does, but undoubtedly it would get used for all kinds of things or get stored away get all dusty and caught up in other utensils. This Mr Potato brush can sit proudly next to your sink and does in our kitchen, right next to the little metal dog with the long upcurved tail designed to hold your rings while you plough away in the kitchen. Another quirky addition to our kitchen, Mr Potato is relatively small, and his rear houses a strong enough brush while his ceramic body allows you something decent to grip onto when scrubbing away.
He's well designed and easy to use. The brush tips get into the nooks and crannies perfectly, and you can really work away at the potatoes which have some deep crevices or are particularly soily. I also find it rather more effective than a standard scrubbing brush as you don't have to take an excessive amount of care with it, as it does a lot of the work by having thin bristles that are placed closely together. I find that after using it, cleaning is quite simple, in fact I tend to just rinse it as I go, using the cold water tap to keep it clean as it scrubs. You can clearly see whether or not it needs any further cleaning, and it sits perfectly back on the side once you're done. No need to put this one away, it can sit right by your sink.
Of course, not everyone wants quirky additions to the kitchen, and in this respect then you may be disappointed. It's small and fairly unobtrusive, but is a natural talking point, so if you prefer your kitchen to look more like a showroom then this may not be for you. Nor is it cheap, as it costs a bit over £10. I've seen it go for around the £15 mark on amazon for example, and this is naturally an expense you may not feel is worth it. As a result, I'd say this is the perfect gift for someone if you don't feel like you can justify forking out for it yourself. Somehow, this always makes the cost more justifiable, no?
So, a cool quirky product that is quick to hand and does the job very weel, this is a product I'd happily recommend.
In the summer I visited a local garden centre, in the centre there was a really nice gift shop section which I couldn't help but have a wander around.
I came across a range of products and one was this potato scrubbing brush.
I found it really quirky and cute.
It was big enough to hold comfortably in your hand and seemed really novelty with it's googly eyes, smile and green boots.
The back of the potato held the brush which had white bristles and were a good size.
The potato brush was priced at £2.99... though from reading the other reviews posted I saw others got it from Dunelm Mill for £1.99. I guess as I was in a gift shop it was bound to cost more so it is worth looking online on sites like Amazon or Ebay or at Dunelm Mill if you would like to purchase it.
There were other products in the range and I saw some cute looking vegetable peelers too.
In terms of using the brush is really easy to hold and scrub away at with potatoes and other vegetables.
It doesn't take long to clean the vegetables with it and it is easy to store away, due to the feet on the brush I am able to stand it up under the kitchen sink.
In terms of washing it cannot be used in the dishwasher but it is easily washed under soapy water.
The brush is well made and the googly eyes and green boots/feet of the brush are still well in place.
Really this is a novelty item and if you were after a standard brush you can probably find one cheaper, I just thought it was quite a cute little gadget to have in the kitchen. I guess it would also appeal to children if you were trying to get them to help in the kitchen more.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
Even though both my sister and I have lived away from home for a number of years now Santa must still think that we live at our parents, as every year he leaves us both a stocking there filled with little stocking fillers. I think that Santa will probably continue to do this, especially as Santa aka mum loves buying and wrapping all the little gifts for us both!
Our stockings from Santa are always filled with a mixture of gifts, some edible, some useful, some girly & pampering, and some fun & quirky. One of the fun & quirky gifts that we both received this year (haha I forgot to mention that our stockings are each filled with the exact same gifts!) was this little 'Mr Potato Brush'. Actually I guess that this falls under both the fun & quirky and useful categories.
My mum reliably informs me that she purchased these from Dunelm Mill, and that they were £1.99 each.
Mr Potato Brush is basically a potato / vegetable brush. He actually looks a lot like the Mr Potato Head toy for toddlers, maybe he was actually modeled on Mr Potato Head! One half of Mr Potato Brush is the brown potato body as such, with his little googly eyes, his cute little smile and and then his green boots or shoes. The back half of Mr Potato Brush is the brush part. The brush part looks just like a nail brush, it's the same size and shape.
I've used him quite a few times already to scrub and clean potatoes and vegetables, the bristles on the brush seem quite tough and sturdy and they work well at cleaning and scrubbing potatoes in particular. They are synthetic bristles, and they seem to be fairly well made as I scrub potatoes quite hard and none of the bristles have splayed or fallen out at all. He's easy and comfortable to hold in the palm of your hand as well whilst your scrubbing and cleaning potatoes or vegetables, it's a bit like holding a rounded nail brush in your hand.
Mr Potato Head is not dishwasher safe, the packaging advises to hand wash him only in warm soapy water. I put everything in the dishwasher, I generally ignore the hand wash only instructions, I find that so long as you just use a 35 degree wash then the items should be fine. I've put Mr Potato Head in the dishwasher just once so far, on a 35 degree wash, and I'm happy to report that he came out just fine. I'm not sure how well he'd stand up to repeated goes in the dishwasher, I suspect that his googly eyes may be the first casualty of the dishwasher and they may fall out with repeated washings. Normally I do just rinse him in warm soapy water, but I will probably end up putting him the dishwasher once a month just to get him totally clean.
Mr Potato Brush is certainly not an essential item for your kitchen by any means, but he's fun and quirky, he's a handy little item to have, he works well and he's cheap. Prior to getting him I actually used to use a washing up brush to scrub my potatoes (obviously one just kept specifically for this purpose!).
We recently had a big Dunelm Mill open up near us and that's where I saw this cute little kitchen gadget, Mr Potato Brush. Its a simple little thing but he's got such a quirky face he appealed to me.
Mr Potato Brush comes with little packaging its just attached to a round card with a plastic cover moulded over the brush, it has Mr Potato Brush written one side and the same again on the other but in a foreign language.
Mr Potato Brush is basically a little brush designed for scrubbing potatoes or any veg for that matter, but its designed in the shape of a potato with a cute face on the front, similar to Mr Potato Head the children's game.
He stands just over 3 inches tall and is approximately an inch and a half wide, he has 2 nice green feet so he will stand up on your sink or windowsill if you choose. He's quite realistic looking complete with little dimples in his skin, he also has a little smile and googly eyes. From the front it just looks like a little potato with a face, the brush is on the back of him. This is white in colour and looks just like a nail brush with nice firm bristles.
I find this little brush very handy when it comes to preparing vegetables, I personally don't buy my veg all ready washed, my potatoes come in sacks with half the field still on them, this is not really a problem but when I'm doing baked potatoes its nice to know the skins are really clean, this is where a little brush like this comes in very handy, also when it comes to new potatoes its nice to leave the skin on, a little brush is ideal for cleaning them first.
I've been pleased with my Mr Potato Brush, I must admit I was only drawn to it because of his happy little face but since I've had the brush I have used it virtually every day, the bristles have kept in shape and haven't bent at all, the brush is easy to hold, the rounded shape fitting nicely in my hand. I personally have mine standing on the windowsill at the moment but when summer is here I will store it under the sink to avoid any flies getting on it.
The brush is not suitable for the dishwasher and should be washed using warm soapy water.
I'm not sure if this is aimed at getting children helping in the kitchen or not but in my opinion if you have children and want to encourage them to help out something like this would be ideal. I paid just £1.99 for my Mr Potato Brush and in my opinion that was a good price.
As far as kitchen products go, Mr Potato Brush is definitely one of the most fun in terms of appearance if not in purpose. This diminutive but jovial fellow is always willing to lend a helping hand (sprout) in the kitchen. Before you all disappear and call for the men in white coats please hear me out.
Mr Potato Brush is a potato brush (surprisingly enough) and has the unenviable task of scrubbing up your spuds and ridding them of all that unsavoury soil and dirt. With a ceramic body and a scrubbing brush embedded about his rear, he stands at an unimposing 7cm tall. Don't let his lack of presence fool you though; he is more than up to the task of mounting a cleaning assault on the biggest of spuds.
A good baked potato is one of my all-time favourites at mealtimes mostly because of its simplicity but also because of the high nutritional benefits. Potatoes contain a lot of vitamin C and B6 and are a good source of potassium, iron and fibre. They are also low in fat and cholesterol and are generally low in calories (depending what you choose to heap onto them after they are cooked).
Anything to make such a nutritious meal easier to prepare is sure to be onto a winner with me. I still do the pricking and the plating up but Senor Potato Brush now takes up the position of chief scrubber. An ordeal I was most willing to disaffiliate myself with.
I would usually spend minutes with my hands under a freezing cold tap working with whatever I had in reach to get rid of all the soil and muck from the potato's skin. I would end up with cold, sore hands and a badly gouged potato if I wasn't too careful. But Mr Potato Brush has saved my budding piano hands by reducing this chore to 30 seconds at most (per potato). Simply turn him round and use his scrubbing brush to clear away the dirt from your potatoes in double quick time.
The brush side of him is very similar to a fingernail brush in size and has thick rigid white bristles which are ideal for removing dirt without ruining your potato in the process. Large clumps of dirt are broken up very quickly and the bristles are really good at getting into the pits of the potato skin where the most stubborn dirt resides. After a few seconds of light scrubbing you will be left with a clean potato and more importantly the skin will still be intact. A result rarely achieved with a scouring pad or a fish slice, I can tell you.
The bristles are much tougher on this brush than they are on a fingernail brush and are ideally suited to scrubbing spuds. If your home-grown potatoes happen to be plagued by dried on soil then they will need a good scrub before cooking. Store bought potatoes are often too grubby for my liking and I always give them a thorough clean before I cook and eat them. Mr Potato Brush will provide the brawn when this unfavourable chore arises and is a great time saver, especially if you are using a lot of potatoes, say to make chips. There is no legal statute preventing you from using the jolly chap on other vegetables either. He will work just as effectively on carrots for example.
As you can see from the picture, Mr Potato Brush has some rather fetching green boots which allow him to stand up when not in use. He tends to be fairly stable on his own two feet in my cupboard. His googly eyes (which actually move when shaken) are plastic and fit into a recess in his body. Unfortunately, these eyes fell out before I even had chance to use him. I have since had to glue them back into place which was a bit of an inconvenience. They have stayed on since though and it may be that I just got a Monday morning or Friday afternoon model of Mr Potato Brush (although I am unaware that there is a production line mass producing these somewhere).
Cleaning him after use is not a problem. A quick swish through a bowl of water and a run under the tap is more than sufficient. He will be fairly clean anyway if you run the potato under the cold tap whilst scrubbing since most of the dirt will run away with the water rather than stick to the bristles. Let him dry on his own and then back to his resting place he goes until the next dirt-ridden spud enters the fray.
By now you are either convinced of my insanity or would like to know where you can buy one from. For those of you in the latter category you will find Mr Potato Brush on Amazon marketplace for £3.99 plus free shipping. A Google search also tells me he is available from a number of online stores but I have also seen him in some homeware stores such as Dunelm Mill.
I would highly recommend Mr Potato Brush if you find yourself growing tired of scrubbing the living daylights out of your potatoes. He will make the process much simpler and quicker and do it with a smile on his face.
Thanks for reading :)