“ Brand: Lakeland / Product Type: Peeler „
To peel, or not to peel? That is the very question I would ask myself when presented with the opportunity to eat an orange. I would weigh up the benefits of nutrition and satisfaction with the costs of orange fingernails and citrus juice down my front. More often than not, the costs would win out and I would say nay to the orange and opt for something much less problematic instead. But no more! For the answer we all seek is here, and if you head on down to your local Lakeland today, you too can purchase yourself The Orange Peeler.
The Orange Peeler is plastic and is about 5-6cm in length. It's a fairly basic implement yet its unassuming and perhaps baffling appearance belies how bloody marvellous a gadget it actually is.
To use it you just put your index finger through the ring and face the curved bit away from you. To peel an orange, you simply score the skin by running the curved section across the orange from pole to pole (let's imagine for a moment that an orange has poles). There is a sharp point on the inside of the curved section which cuts into the skin easily without attacking the orange beneath. I usually score my oranges into four or five sections as I find that this is enough. But hey, you can do what you like. Once the orange has been scored you use the front end of the peeler to get under the edge of each section of scored peel and gently prise it upwards and away from the orange.
It's very simple to do and is a heck of a lot less messy than using your fingers. The peeler easily gets under the skin of the orange once it has been scored preventing your fingernails from smelling of orange for the rest of the day. Another bonus is that the usual splatter of citrus into the eye is avoided as the peeler provides a sufficient barrier between the orange and your face.
It's not just oranges that the peeler comes in handy for. It's also useful if you struggle to peel clementines, satsumas and tangerines. Because of the small size of such fruit I find that I can dispense with the scoring ritual altogether here and just gouge my way into the skin with the peeler (again preventing the orange-under-the-fingernail problem) and then peel back an edge to work with. The skin usually holds together so that it can be peeled in one go or at least enough so that you can then work the rest free with your fingers.
Leaving fruit to one side for a moment, the peeler also does a good job at removing the shell from hard boiled eggs, although obviously there is no need to score the egg first (unless you want to, of course).
Once used, the orange peeler is easy to wash. A simple rinse or swish in the bowl will suffice before drying and putting away until next time. They are very small and it can be easy to lose them in cluttered surroundings so I keep mine amongst the teaspoons in the cutlery drawer for safe keeping. A couple of years after first purchasing, both peelers are still perfectly effective and have shown no signs of wear or disappearance.
Life is much simpler now I have my orange peelers. I can approach an orange without fear and peel it within seconds without the usual frustration that comes with using my bare hands. It's much easy than using your fingers and requires a lot less effort and strength, as well as avoiding the usual pitfalls of citrus juice in the eye and orange rind behind the fingernail. Eating an orange is definitely a much more satisfying experience and I now consume more oranges as a result of owning the orange peelers.
Should you wish to change your life in the same way, you can get yourself a pack of two peelers from Lakeland for £1.29. They are available in either orange or green, although I would certainly recommend that you buy the green ones to lessen the chances of throwing them out with the peel. If you go for the orange-coloured ones, you're just asking for trouble.
Sometimes the most simple little gadgets are the best and this little orange peeler from Lakeland is just that. Both Mark and myself love oranges and grapefruit but I hardly ever buy them because just like my dad Mark "cant peel oranges" and while I would peel one at home I like to have my fruit for lunch and trying to peel an orange at work is not an option for me. Its messy and gets down my nails. It was my mum who bought the orange peelers and gave me one. She bought them because she has an autoimmune illness, and as a result her nails are really soft and bendy making it quite difficult to peel the fruit.
The orange peelers are from Lakeland and cost just 99p for a pack of 2. The orange peelers are made from plastic, mine is green, I'm not sure if other colours are available to not. They are basically a little plastic ring attached to another piece of curved plastic which has a small plastic blade sticking out from underneath it. The idea is that you simply put your finger through the plastic ring, press the little blade into the skin of your orange at the top and pull the peeler down the orange, this scores a neat line down the peel, repeat this all the way around the fruit and then simply pull back the peel and remove. Its almost like peeling a banana.
I have since bought another couple of these so I had one to keep in my desk drawer at work. They mean I can now take oranges to work with me and don't have to spend ages picking peel from an orange resulting in stained fingernails. As they are tiny they are ideal to just pop into a lunch box along with an orange, they are not going to take up any room, and being made from plastic there's no risk in cutting yourself either. The ring on the peeler is a good size so this could easily be used by men, no more excuses. They are also ideal to take on picnics too.
I'm not sure if these are dishwasher proof or not but they don't really need a lot of washing just a quick dunk in the washing up bowl is fine. If I have any gripe with these its that it does sometimes leave the white layer under the peel on the orange, I personally think this depends on the type of orange. This can also be used on Satsuma's but personally I don't really bother as they are usually easy to peel anyway.
I would certainly recommend these little peelers, they take the hassle from peeling an orange making it quick and simple and even the men in my family can now manage to peel their own oranges too.
Since being on Slimming World trying to lose weight, I've been eating loads of fruit and veg, and actually quite enjoying myself. One thing continually frustrated me though - I adore oranges, yet I find them incredibly hard to get into. This is possibly down to the fact that, working in food, I keep my nails trimmed down very short for hygeine reasons , which unfortunately also leaves me with no nails to dig into the thick skin of an orange to get the peeling started.
I would resort to either biting into the bitter, waxy skin to give myself a starting point, or chopping my orange into quarters and going at it like slices of melon, which always resulted in a sticky dribbly chin - until I saw these orange peelers at 99p for two in my local Lakeland .
At such a cheap price, I was certainly willing to give them a go, and I'm glad I did. Each small peeler has a looped handle attached to a curved piece of plastic, the curve ideally sized to fit around the edge of an orange. On the underside of the curve is a small plastic blade (not sharp enough to do any damage with, fear not) that when the peeler is pulled down the side of an orange, will score the skin, making it easy to get your fingers round the skin flaps to remove section by section . Of course, this removes only the thick outer peel, and not the pith, but a few scrapes with a dinner knife and it's ready to eat!
What can I say ? These little devices work brilliantly, and make eating oranges so much easier . On the downside, they are rather small, and could easily be thrown out along with the peel by mistake (I speak from experience) or get lost in cluttered utensil drawers . The looped handle could be used as a way of hanging this up should you need to . However, I now have one of these attached to my keyring so I always have it to hand!
These are a great little gadget, and at only 99p a pair, not at all expensive - you could have one at work and one at home, or even give them to kids that take fruit to school. Excellent - 4 stars, one off for me still having to remove the pith by hand, but this does most of the hard work for me, for which I'm glad!
Why this gadget
I am sure most people who like oranges will know that they can be tricky things to get into. This generally involves biting into the skin and peeling it away gradually or clawing your way into them with your nails. This simple but effective gadget stops this and makes peeling oranges as easy as 1 2 3. I personally have used these peelers since my mother first discovered them at Lakeland when I was a child more years ago than I care to remember.
What are they,how they work and why buy one!
They come in a pack of two so they can go in multiple lunch boxes. They are made of sturdy plastic similar in some ways to Tupperware strong plastic. They have a curved main body. On one side is a round circle for you to put your finger through to hold the peeler in place. The other side has a triangular pointy bit to dig into the peel of the orange. To use this simple gadget you hold the orange in one hand place the peeler through your finger the image that comes to mind is you wearing it like a knuckle duster really. Then score the orange going around it in a circular motion from the top to the bottom. The tapered ends can then be used to dig under the peel and take it off, making it possible to peel an orange without getting orange peel under your fingers and quickly in a few pieces rather than it coming away with part of the flesh as can sometimes happen if you are just using your fingers.
Now if you are wondering why you should invest in another kitchen gadget the reasons are simple. :
*This makes peeling oranges easy and quick with the minimal of mess. Oranges are notorious for sending bits of juice flying around the office or where ever you are and this cuts this right down.
*It helps I find with encouraging my son to have oranges as he finds the process of me doing the peeling this way fascinating.
*It will mean you never have a sad looking orange at the bottom of the fruit bowl because you can't be bothered with the hassle of peeling it.
*They are small enough to fit into a lunch box so are easy to take to work to help boost your vitamin C levels to combat all of these winter sneezes and diseases.
*At under a £1 they are a wonderfully cheap gadget and they don't take up unnecessary storage in cupboards.
*They work on all citrus fruit so can also be used with grapefruit and tangerines.
Another winner from Lakeland plastic that I would recommend to anyone who loves oranges but finds them fiddly and off putting to peel
They are available form Lakeland stores and their online shop and catalogue for 77pence for a pack of two
Everyone at work laughs at me when I get my Lakeland orange peeler out but I think its fantastic. I have to be honest and say that I never eat oranges, but since buying these I have started to have the odd satsuma and that is what I use them for (maybe that's why people are laughing).
OK, its pathetic but I really don't like peeling satsumas and it puts me off eating them so when I saw these in Lakeland, 77p for 2 I had to buy them. They are made of green plastic with a ring for your finger and a small plastic 'blade' to peel the orange. The arch of plastic between the blade and the ring tapers at the ends so you can use it to dig under the peel and take it off, making it possible to peel an orange (or satsuma) without hardly touching it.
These are such a simple concept but absolutely fantastic, another Lakeland classic, the only problem with them is that as they are very small I do keep losing them, but I always find them again and they're so cheap that it wouldn't be the end of the world to replace them.
I have become a big fan of Lakeland since I started writing reviews as I've come across more and more reviews of their products. I have lots of gadgets anyway and Lakeland just helps satisfy my need for new, time saving gadgets.
This orange Peeler is very reasonably priced with 2 costing just 77p at present and may come in a variety of colours including orange & green. I now have 1 orange one and 2 green ones because they are so small and the orange ones are just too easy to discard with the orange peel so one of mine has probably ended up in the bin.
To use this you simply press it in to the top of the orange and then drag it down and it will score the skin enabling you to simply peel back the layers it has scored and have a ready peeled orange. It will take just 10 or 15 seconds to peel once you have got the hang of using it fast and it saves all the time and effort that can sometimes go in to peeling an orange. I usually find that the skin just breaks off in thumbnail sized pieces and I get more and more frustrated and just end up not bothering to purchase oranges even though they are one of my favourite fruits.
This may seem just such a simple gadget but it's so simple to use, reasonably priced and time saving. I have quite a few nieces and nephews, some younger ones, and can sometimes end up peeling 2 or 3 oranges in a row which is SO boring and frustrating and due to my lack of patience this is an ideal gadget for me.
I am going to rate this 5/5 as I can find nothing I don't like about it, besides the orange one I threw away, and I would definitely recommend this Lakeland orange peeler at such a bargain price.
As I was writing my recent reviews about some other Lakeland products I thought I would share my opinions on one of their simpler gadgets.
What is it ?
This is a packet of two orange peelers, they are made from a strong green plastic that can be washed and used over and over again. It is such a simple design a circle for your finger to fit through and a straight edge that peels the orange. These can peel an orange easily in less than a minute.
They are small enough to fit in your handbag or kids lunch box.
Why would I want this, I have been peeling oranges for years without the need for a 'peeler' ?
Ok I know the idea of it sounds a bit unnecessary and just another 'gadget', but really they are such a simple yet effective product to have.
Oranges are so tough to peel, you either have to have daggers for finger nails to start you off or you have to brave the bitterness and bite in to them, the latter usually results in orange spraying all down your top and juice all over your face. Once you have managed to start peeling it, you get all orange under your nails and it takes up five minutes of your tea break.
I used to hate peeling oranges, I even stopped buying them and turned to their smaller cousins the 'satsumas' they were easy to peel yet not as juicy or satisfying as a nice big orange.
When I saw these peelers in Lakeland I just had to have them and now I have returned to the juciyness of the orange.
How much do they cost ?
This is the best part, the orange peelers cost just 77p for two of them. I can't believe such a fantastic product is available at such a low price.
I would suggest you buy them and try them, once you have used them once you will never go back to the teeth and nail method of peeling.
Peel your oranges and citrus in seconds.