How to sharpen a peeler without any tools
This is a quick and easy “sharpening” trick for a vegetable peeler with a symmetric blade. It utilises the fact that if you are only using one side of it, the other side stays sharp as new. To make the peeler “sharp” again, you simply need to turn the blade around and start using its other side. No special sharpening tools are required:
You can sharpen your peeler using this method if:
- your peeler has a symmetrical (ambidextrous) blade; and
- you only use one side of the blade, i.e. the other side is still sharp; and
- the peeler has an arch over its blade, or is made of flexible material that allows some bending for taking the blade out and putting it back in.
- Mark the blunt side of the blade before taking it out if you can't easily tell the difference.
- Hold the peeler over a table or other suitable surface when taking the blade out, so the blade doesn't fall on the floor and doesn't get damaged or damages anything else.
- Consider wearing gloves to protect your hands from accidental cuts.
- It is easier to fit the blade back in if you have another person to help you. One can hold the arch open while the other is fitting the blade in.
Peelers made of more flexible and better quality plastic with high arches over the blade often cost more than basic peelers. However, if the price is less than double, it still pays off. The blade-turning method would mean that you can get two blade life-spans for the price of one, while enjoying using a better quality kitchen tool, usually with a much better handle and better quality steel of the blade.
It is more practical to buy the peelers that have an arch and/or are made of flexible materials: they are easier to use because the peels move freely through the arch, and they will last twice as long because you can turn the blade and make it sharp-like-new again. And, by buying and then throwing away fewer cheap peelers, you will reduce waste and help the environment.