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Ina Garten Says Replace This Kitchen Utensil Yearly

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There’s some bad news for you kitchen utensils you’ve had since college. It’s time to throw them out, and if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Ina Garten. The chef says your veggie peeler has to go after a year of use.

In an interview with Food & Wine, Garten explained that your veggie peelers and zesters need be replaced annually. She told the outlet, “Vegetable peelers get rusty, they get dull, and they’re very cheap, so you can just throw them out and buy new ones. Every once in awhile I do that.”

Maybe you’re not one for potato salad and just don’t find yourself peeling things every day, or you’re fine with a splash of lemon juice to take the place of zest, but with the holidays approaching and recipes getting a bit more intricate as a result, Garten’s words may be worth heeding. After all, no one wants skins in their potato salad or no orange in their old fashioned.

The best news: She’s not wrong about the price. You can score the tool for under $10 on Amazon.

Spring Chef Premium Swivel Vegetable Peeler

This vegetable peeler features stainless steel blades and a nonslip handle to avoid accidents.

You can even find them in multipacks so you have a spare ready.

Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler 3-Pack Red/Green/Yellow

Buy a multi-pack and you'll have extras on hand when your peeler inevitably dulls.

Sharp tools make for easier work, so if you frequently use your peeler (or it’s just been banging around in your junk drawer for years) now’s the time to replace it.

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