Wow! An interesting discussion on Facebook yesterday — nothing about politics or religion — led to my discovering a great new kitchen tool and how to use it to peel and prepare one of my favorite tropical fruits, the mango.
The old supermarket rack special
I’d like to say, first, that I never thought these were any good, but I used them anyway, until I got so frustrated that I’d pull out a paring knife and get the dang potatoes and carrots peeled. Then, I’d have some remorse about all the wasted good stuff that was thrown out with the peels. I’ve also learned to eat many of these fruits and veggies with the peels still intact, and that’s a healthy thing to do in most cases.
But, my handy-dandy supermarket potato peeler, shown to the right, during most of its life, spent some very dark, depressing, unsued days at the back of my gadget drawer, until last week. “I know I’ve got one of these dang peelers somewhere,” I said, while I was trying to prepare my Zucchini and Mixed Vegetable Sauté for breakfast. I finally found it and made it work out, but I swore then that I was going to go to the supermarket and get a new one.
A fruitful discussion on Facebook…say whuh?
So, a vegan friend of mine, a high school acquaintance, who now lives in Costa Rica, was on Facebook asking for some new salad dressing recipes that did not have added oils or tofu. The dialogue went back and forth, and she shared a salad dressing that she makes, using mango, all the time. I mentioned that I love mangoes but that I get so frustrated trying to peel them and prepare them.
I learned, it’s all in the peeler you use. She recommended this trio set from Messermeister. And, thanks to Sunday deliveries, Amazon had them on my doorstep Sunday morning when I went to work in the kitchen. In preparation for this new challenge, I had bought some fresh mangoes at Trader Joe’s the morning before.
After looking at the blades on these new peelers I was quite confident they would work perfectly, and wow, did they ever!
The mango challenge
I chose the red peeler with the serrated edge, removed the protective cap — sorta reminded me of removing the protective cap off my new safety razor blades — and made a quick test run to see how deep I needed the cut to be to remove just the outer skin. Oh wow! I expected nothing this simple! And, a mango I could actually use when I was done with the peeling and cutting! A whole new world opened up!
I gathered my thoughts and recovered from the explosion of this latest epiphany and began to trim, oh so lightly, the mango skin from the rest of the fruit. When I was finished, it felt like I should smoke a cigarette, but I don’t have any, and haven’t in many years!
I love these new peelers and will use them several times a week. Thanks to social media and connecting with like-minded people, I get to learn so much about a developing passion I have, to eat healthy, clean, and for a very, very long time!