The Grape Peeler. What Is It and How to Use One.

Have one of these grape peelers in your utensil drawer?  Maybe you don’t even know that it’s a grape peeler.  Here’s what it looks like and how to actually use this genius little tool.



I know, it looks like some sort of manicure tool.  But it is in fact for grapes.  Young raisins.



How to Use a Grape Peeler.

  1. Hold grape between your thumb and forefinger.

2. Slip the tip of the wire end of the peeler under the skin of the grape.

3. Swirl the peeler around the grape until all the skin is loosened.

4. Pop the grape out.

Now you’re ready for some pretty fancy grape stuff.  I’m not sure what exactly, but anytime the skin is removed from a food you don’t expect it to be removed from it’s automatically categorized as fancy food.

This grape peeler cost $100 in a roundabout way.
I went to my local kitchen store to get a few Christmas presents.  A french butter dish for myself to be exact.   I paid for the butter dish, and as I was leaving I noticed the grape peeler by the cash register.  Feeling around in my pockets I realized I didn’t have  any cash money to pay for the 0.99 ¢ thing.  I didn’t feel right about using a bank card to make a $1 purchase, so I mades a mental note to come back for the grape peeler when I had some cash.

Being true to my mental word I returned to the store to buy it.  I walked directly to the cash, placed my fingers on the peeler and then it happened.  A flash of a kaleidoscope of colours and then everything goes blank.

On December 19th, 2010, I got sucked into the kitchen store vortex.

Those who saw me that day say he I no longer in control of myself.  My body was a complete blur as I flew from rack to rack grabbing every fun thing in sight.  From what I hear from the locals, at one point I even barked like a dog.  I wouldn’t know.  I don’t remember.

It wasn’t until I returned home and woke from a nap that I realized I’d  also bought a kitchy measuring cup, an ice cube tray in the shape of dentures, a set of magnets based on iPhone icons, a coffee mug, a fancy orange flavoured chocolate, another ice cube tray in the shape of a skull and crossbones, and a cast iron mortar and pestle.  And the peeler.

The $100 grape peeler.  Also available on Amazon in a new and improved style.

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  1. PEGGY CHENG says:

    The grape peeler is interesting!! Just wonder where I can get one?

  2. Laura says:

    I have to hand peel my toddlers grapes because he chokes on the skin. I googled grape peelers because my husband said fruit cocktail has peeled grapes…so here I am!

  3. she says says:

    To put this in perspective, one pound of fat is equivalent to about 3500 calories. With this snack being so accessible, it is impossible to pass up.

  4. Kate says:

    Karen, buy your grape peeler a melon baller. They’d make a wonderful pair. The best part of having a melon baller is being able to use the term melon baller. I bought a couple more for my friends, just so they could have the experience. Mine is actually a two-ball melon baller (small and large). The larger size is perfect for scooping out just the right amount of dough to make ginger snaps. It’s wonderful what you can find at the check-out counter of a kitchen store.

    • Karen says:

      Kate – I have the melon baller! Somewhere. It is now 1:00 a.m. and you’re forcing me to go through all my drawers to find the melon baller. Even though at this particular point in time I do not have a melon. Or ginger snap dough. ~ karen

  5. Christa says:

    Little ones need grapes peeled so that they do not choke on them. I could not figure out how to peel grapes, so I would cut them and hope for the best. My little one would hand me peel after peel after she had eaten the grape. I would have much rather have had a grape peeler. Now I that know they exist, I will be on the lookout.

  6. n says:

    Looks like a dental instrument.
    Why do you need your grapes peeled anyway?

    • Karen says:

      n – I have no idea! ‘Cause it’s fun I suppose. I bet they’d be really good in a salad that way. And like a previous commenter noted, they make great fake eyeballs w/out their skin. ~ karen!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Love it! This post made me giggle! Every Christmas, my family and I do a thingamabob gift exchange. Our goal is to get the weirdest unidentifiable gadget and then the rest of us try to guess what it is. It’s so much fun!

  8. fifi says:

    I bought the denture ice cube tray too – but I found mine in Paris, so it’s a ‘dentier’ ice cube tray. Tres chic, non?

  9. Bill Grigg says:

    When I saw the pic and caption, my first thought was that it was an antique foolparter. Designed to separate money from fools, the curved yet very blunt blade carefully extracts your hard earned coin from a cupped hand, purse, money sack, or even a clenched fist. But it turns out to be a pedestrian grape peeler. Though why people like their grapes to feel like an eyeball is beyond my ability to understand.

    I often come down with a similar affliction as your BF, especially when in a Lee Valley store. I consider myself lucky if the total cost is only $100!

  10. Maggie says:

    Now, if you were a citizen of ancient Rome, you would have your own alive human grape peeler. And said grape peeler might even pop the grape in your mouth for you. See how far we’ve come? And all for 99 cents!

    • Karen says:

      Maggie – The post confused my mother. She still thinks it cost $100. Still a deal as far as I’m concerned. ~ karen

  11. Penny says:

    I have a weird gadget with prongs that pop out when you depress the top. It was labelled a pickle puller, but we call it the hemorrrhoid remover. Although we have yet to test it in that capacity…..

  12. Amy in StL says:

    I was totally going to guess a kiwi peeler. But I may be biased since I have two kiwis in my fruit cube on my desk and have discovered that the plastic utensils I’ve lifted from the cafeteria are inadequate at best.

  13. Amy Schmucker says:

    I am soo stealing Holy snapping Duck Shit. LOVE THAT.

  14. Jeanne says:

    You can also use it to scrape out the insides of a pumpkin at Halloween, or the innards of a gourd to make into a bird house. Scrape paint off old shutters……..a million uses;a true find!
    I think you should definitely keep that BF. The two of you are one of a kind.

  15. Jan says:

    My first thought: God, please don’t give it to my gynecologist (though I think he already has one). I know, inappropraite comment…

  16. Shauna says:

    Well that’s an odd tool, but clearly it is worth the $100!! The fellow is a wise shopper!

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