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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54 Comments

  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!

  17. Matthew says:

    This would have come in handy when I was a kid and had to peel a bowl full of grapes for a haunted house. Why? To have a bowl full of eyeballs of course (it was dark so you couldn’t tell what they really were.)

  18. Hilarious. It happens to us all, right?

    If your ears are burning this morning, it’s because I’m talking about you. 🙂

    http://baylorsays.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-is-thursday-blog-love-art-of-doing.html

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Lauren! That was quite a spread you did on me and my site. Are you sure I said/wrote all those things. You’d think I’d remember writing about a “Death by sparkle”. 🙂 ~ karen!

  19. Bwaha!! He’s my kind of fella, been there done that myself. Have fun peeling all of those grapes 🙂

  20. julie says:

    The angle of the photos made it seem [to me, at least] that this tool was about 16″ long. Thus when you explained its purpose I thought to myself “well, it must be to peel some very dangerous grapes at such a distance.”

  21. Michelle says:

    Karen-
    I stumbled on your site a few days ago and had to subscribe. You are so funny and I love your posts. A similar shopping experience almost happened to me when I went to a health food store at Xmas time and they had all these hilarious but functional products by a company called Fred & Friends. Do a search for them on Amazon and you will find Gin & Titonic Ice cube trays (you get ice cubes in the shap of the Titanic and icebergs) and nesting doll measuring cups and an Eiffel Tower Toast Stamper….I really had to show restraint…have a great day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle ~ Thanks for visiting my website! I’m familiar with Fred products! In fact there’s a few in the house right now! Something leads me to believe the ice cube tray might even be Fred! I’ll have to check. ~ karen!

  22. Ema says:

    lol

    I understand . . . I went to the dollar store to buy a $2 adapter. Made the mistake of taking a great-nephew and great-niece along for the ride. Adapter ended up costing $25!

  23. Ann says:

    A grape peeler, who knew?! Now you realize you can get a post out of each and every thing the good man bought, right? I look forward to reading them!

  24. Who peels grapes? I was going to guess an avocado scooper. Maybe you can get multiple uses out of it to really get your money’s worth.

  25. Dotti says:

    Oh, I am SOOO with Jennifer! We have to see the ice cube trays – especially the dentures. For some reason, many of my purchases at kitchen and art supply stores (and home depot) always seem to be in the same price range. Thanks.

  26. sue says:

    I am forwarding this to my daughter. The running joke at our house is when we want to be pampered and waited on, we say, peel me a grape.

    I was going to guess that it was an ancient tool, used to scrape the sweat off gladiators…which is very gross, but something that was done in Rome, way back. Also, I think grape peeling was popular then, too.

  27. The grape peeler would also make an awesome pottery tool. So you could make your own bowl, carve it decoratively with the thingamabob and use the bowl to put the grapes in. It’s a multi-purpose thingamabob – and for only a dollar. Your bf is a talented shopper!

  28. My 21 year old son does the same thing!!! I think it’s like a woman being in a kitchen store, but on steroids. That was hilarious. A grape peeler? REally???

  29. pve says:

    Please peel me a grape and if ya can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, well then lie down and peel me a grape….ha ha.
    We have a kitchen store that is like the Bermuda triangle, I cannot go near without getting pulled right into that spot.
    Bring on the palm fronds, I am feeling faint.
    pve

  30. Amie says:

    Holy snapping duck shit. That is the most ridiculous gadget I have ever seen!

  31. Sarah says:

    Oh, I thought it was one of those gadgets you use to peel avocados or something… not that I’d know, since I’ve never eaten one. Heh. Do peeled grapes taste any better?

  32. Kate S says:

    I was totally going to go with tonsil remover if it was a little sharper (this is actually what they look like, or so I’m told).

  33. Pam'a says:

    Well I’ll be. I thought it was a butter shaver for sure.

  34. Bella says:

    Grape peeler? Whoever thought of it is either a genius or has way too much time on his hands.
    Really when do you need a naked grape?

    • Karen says:

      Bella – I don’t know about you but whenever “Sven” feeds me my grapes I always insist that they’re peeled. ~ karen

    • Michelle says:

      Oh – I actually have an answer to this. My brother’s birthday is in October, and one year he had a Halloween themed birthday party complete with a haunted house in our basement.
      My mom made all sorts of stuff that the kids had to feel – cold spaghetti was brains, etc. Anyways, she spent hours peeling grapes by hand as they look a bit like eyeballs when strategically placed in haunted houses. 🙂 I’m pretty sure this tool would have come in handy.

  35. Jennifer says:

    In a million years I’d not have guessed grape peeler. But it does make a convincing Captain Hook … hook. Please show us the ice cube trays in the near future. Please?

  36. Connor says:

    Oh dear. Yeah, I avoid Sur La Table when I’m broke for this exact reason.

    Actually, I just avoid stores. This happens to me everywhere.
    So, a grape peeler. Worth it? Because I can’t see me putting in the effort to peel a perfectly edible grape. Does it make the grape-eating experience substantially better? Or is there another use for peeled grapes that I can’t think of? Jam, maybe?

    And denture ice-cubes? Really? Ew.

    • Karen says:

      Connor – The grape peeler is ridiculous. But at the same time, incredibly fun to own. My bf understood this fact and it’s what got him into trouble. My 75 year old mother had her friends over for drinks a few weeks ago and borrowed my denture ice cube tray along with my Crystal Skull Vodka for the event. ~ karen

    • Nancy says:

      sounds almost like an ambien adventure

    • Shauna says:

      My child, who doesn’t like ‘skin’ on any type of fruit, would probably love this. I would suffer from not knowing what to do with the skin because I hate wasting things and would probably just eat the skin like I eat the skin from the apples I have to peel. I may have to buy this gadget;) thanks.

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