Peel & Wash gloves are blue plastic gloves that are meant to help users peel potatoes or other vegetables, and wash various fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. These gloves extend a few inches past the wrist and contain two different types of textured pads. On one side of each glove, there's a scratchy palm-and-finger pad that's been designed to peel potatoes, cucumbers, and other veggies. Then, if you flip each glove over, you'll find silicone bristles that have been included to help you scrub a wide variety of fruits and veggies.
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To get started with using your Peel & Wash gloves, you'll need to put them on your hands as you would an ordinary pair of rubber gloves. The most important thing to decide is whether you want the scratchy side facing inward or the side with silicone bristles facing inward. If you need to peel a vegetable, using the scratchy side is appropriate while the bristled side is more suitable for cleaning a piece of fruit or a vegetable.
Once you've got your gloves on, you'll have to work with your first vegetable or piece of fruit. To peel a potato or another vegetable, rub your palms over its body until the top layer of skin is peeled off. This may take you as little as eight seconds. You'll use the same rubbing procedure to wash a piece of fruit or a vegetable, except that nothing visible should be flaking off the piece of food. For optimum dirt and toxin removal, you should continue the washing for a little longer than eight seconds.
When you're done peeling or washing your first food item, you can repeat the process with as many fruits or vegetables as you'd like. Keep in mind that you may need to flip your gloves over multiple times in order to switch from peeling to washing and back again. If you're concerned about mixing flavors, rinsing your gloves each time you need to switch to a different vegetable or fruit is a good idea.
After you're done using your gloves for a while, rinse them and lay them out flat or hang them up to dry. Don't simply ball them up and stash them anywhere or they'll be more likely to grow bacteria or become stinky.
Peel & Wash gloves will aid you with peeling all types of potatoes, not just the commonly consumed white potatoes with an oval shape. They'll even peel sweet potatoes, which tend to be larger than your average potato, quickly and effectively. You can also use the scratchy side of these gloves to peel other vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, and onions.
The side of each glove that has silicone bristles will contain hundreds of these tiny bristles, which will make each bristled pad highly effective at removing dirt and toxins from fruits and veggies. By washing fruits and vegetables with these gloves instead of an ordinary cloth or sponge, you may end up removing more toxins from the exterior of each than you would otherwise.
On a related note, each pair of gloves itself is completely free of the potentially harmful chemical compound known as BPA, which is still found in some plastic kitchenware products. That means you can rest assured that you won't be exposing yourself (or anyone you prepare food for) to its toxicity by using these gloves.
Since these gloves will extend at least two or three inches past the wrists—the exact measurement will depend on your hand and arm size—they'll help protect them from getting dirty. Therefore, after you finish peeling or washing each fruit or vegetable that you're working with, you won't have to scrub any little pieces of skin or food residue off your wrists.
If you peel potatoes or other vegetables with a sharp kitchen knife, you'll run the risk of accidentally cutting yourself, but that's not so if you use these gloves. The scratchy side of these gloves is powerful enough to peel a thin layer of skin off of many vegetables, so you'll likely be able to keep your knife in the drawer. Furthermore, since the gloves are safer to use, you'll be able to peel quickly instead of being as careful and painstaking as you'd have to be with a knife.
On a related note, if you'd like your child to start helping out with food preparation, but you don't think they're ready to use knives yet, these gloves may serve as a good introduction. If you allow them to peel a potato or another vegetable with them, there's almost no way they can hurt themselves, and they'll feel like they're contributing to the family meal. Plus, if you ask them to peel an onion, they'll likely be able to finish peeling it quickly, before they have a chance to become teary-eyed.
Those users who suffer from arthritis or other mobility issues related to the hands may find that using the Peel & Wash gloves requires less dexterity than using a knife and a scrub brush. There's less room for error with those two tools if your hands get stiff, but as long as you make some sort of circular rubbing motion with the gloves, you should be successful. In fact, with a pair of these gloves in your possession, you may be able to continue to cook independently for longer than you'd be able to without them.
If you happen to get your Peel & Wash gloves dirty, the dirt will probably show quite clearly, due to the bright blue shade of the gloves. It would be helpful if these gloves could be made available in some darker shades so that the dirt could be concealed a bit more. Otherwise, you might feel like hiding these gloves away when visitors come, if they've become dirty or stained.
When using a paring knife or a similar utensil to peel a potato or another veggie, there's a chance you could cut away a great deal of the vegetable's body along with the skin. The chances of you doing that will only increase if you're not very skilled at working with a knife. On the other hand, if you use Peel & Wash gloves to peel the same vegetable, they'll consistently remove a thin layer of skin so that none of the vegetable's body will go to waste. This resulting lack of waste may mean that you won't need to get as many vegetables at the grocery store each week, as you'll actually be able to use the entire interior of them all.
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