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Are you tired of peeling hundreds of potatoes during the holiday season?

Are you hands aching from peeling too many apples?

Then it's time you tried the POWER PEELER!

More POWER. More PEELING. The Power Peeler lets you peel lots of produce in a short amount of time. It's also a spectacle that's sure to draw a crowd!

Step 1: Tools + Ingredients

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1. Hand Drill

2. Spade Drill Bit -> this worked MUCH better than a regular drill bit. I experimented with the apple and it kept falling off of the bit after a few rotations.

3. Vegetable Peeler (one with a horizontal blade)

Ingredients: I found the most success with potatoes and apples. Feel free to try different types of fruits and vegetables.**

Potato: Cut the potato in half before peeling so it keeps stead on the bit.

Apple: Leave the apple whole. Try to find symmetrical apples.

**I experimented with chucking a carrot directly in the drill but it fell out pretty quickly. The cucumber was fairly bumpy and hard to peel (see last step for my attempt). I am planning to do the butternut squash on the lathe soon!!

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vjietha4 months ago

Awesome idea..

Buy Fruits & Vegetables @ in HYDERABAD

russ_hensel6 months ago

Just a note to let you know I have added this to the collection: Cordless Drills Hacking for Other Uses !

>> http://www.instructables.com/id/Cordless-Drills-Hacking-for-Other-Uses/

Take a look at a bunch of project involving odd uses of drills.

and for even more drill info

>> http://www.instructables.com/id/Cordless-Drills-A-Collection-of-Collections/

owlsquest1 year ago

My Dad would have loved this! He had a mean wooden ice cream maker when we were kids. Hooked the crank mechanism up to a drill and fresh peach ice cream was ready in short order for 7 very hungry kids. Thinking of what he could do with a bushel of apples makes me hungry for his apple fritters. Great 'ible!

Carleyy (author)  owlsquest11 months ago

Thanks! That peach ice cream sounds delicious!

Nice video. It will be a great help when making classical old fashioned apple pies.

Carleyy (author)  rosemary gillespie11 months ago

Awesome. Let me know how it works out!

Mayam781 year ago

As for drills, reciprocating saws and the like, I think collectively humanity has likely explored any conceivable use for them. Somewhere, someone at sometime has "already thought of it" in a generic sense. Nifty application though despite origin. A thought: Anyone consider various sizes of a keyhole bit? May help with stability issues giving a more secure "grip" at pretty much any angle.

Waztsn1 year ago

aren't you not allowed to copy? i just saw this on reddit a week ago. im kinda confused because i was going to do this but then i thought i couldnt copy

Clever idea! I've never seen anything like it before.

I really appreciate you putting it in front of us today. Good work!

Hahahaha so awesome
Carleyy (author)  syedrezaali1 year ago

Thanks Reza!

Could use that to grate cheese as well!

Carleyy (author)  rasikananda1 year ago

Interesting! I think I might experiment with this.

I swear I just saw a GIF of a chef doing this in a kitchen not two days ago.

So did I.

Carleyy (author)  Switch and Lever1 year ago

That was my inspiration to try this!

true, was on the news. Is a dutch chef needed to peel lots of appels.

Cucumber : FAIL ! Anyway peeling a cucumber or carrots is way too easy. I would never use a power peeler for this.

Potatoe : FAIL ! Too bad, I would love to have a real power tool for this.

Apple : WIN !!!!! I will definitely use this technique the next time I cook apple sauce for 15 people !!!…

All in all. Good point. Potato peeling needs to be improved.

Congrats !…

Carleyy (author)  vincent75201 year ago

The potato actually worked really well! I just had to cut it in half before I started peeling.

Potato peeling HAS been improved :)


Aaaah …

Sweet ! … ;)))

Jayefuu1 year ago

This was on the reddit front page a few days ago. Wouldn't it be nice to reference/credit him since it wasn't your idea?

Right with you there Jayefuu, does no harm to give a nod to where you saw the idea - whether it was the original or not. Stops you appearing like somebody trying to pass off an idea as their own. It's mentioned in the comments that it was the inspiration but it's always best to reference.

Great instructable none the less.

Thanks Ben. Agreed it's an excellent Instructable, I just have no doubt that's where Carley saw it, despite the other commenters. Plus it's always a good habit.

Maybe the poster on reddit saw it here last year: http://www.instructables.com/id/Peeling-apples-the-hacked-way/

let me ask you this. what if constructed never *saw* the reddit post hmm? how is he supposed to give credit to an entity he has no knowledge of. your comment was poorly thought out.

MrCafe Jayefuu1 year ago

This was around for years man, just because it was posted on reddit doesn't make it an original idea.

Thank you for posting this up, my apple peeler died, aaaaand my drill is kinda just sitting there.

This idea is well known by the world, the "guy" in Reddit didn't create this "workflow" ;)

I find this instructable apealing

alilike161 year ago

Nice project

bo88y1 year ago

Don't forget to wash that spade bit. Do you remember every hole it's been in?

mrsryoko1 year ago
But The,First Question Is Why Peel? Skins Are Good For You. I Seldom Peel, Almost,Always Mash Potatoes With Skins. Apple Pie Sometimes Peel Depending On Thickness Of Skin.
That Said I Do Agree Brilliant And Wild!
bo88y mrsryoko1 year ago

And the skin is where the insecticides are, too, unless you pay extra for organic.

You remove the skins because people, like myself, that have an ileostomy can't digest skins. So the skins clog up their intubation tubes. Most of their digestive systems have been removed. Hope this helps.

neutrion1 year ago

true, but i know of no apple pie recipe that says to leave the skin on and very few apple sauce recipes say to do the same thing. i for one don't peel my potatoes, but this would be brilliant for short batch apple pie cooking.

melliott111 year ago

Yes, yes, yes, love it.

This is awesome!! And frikkin' hilarious!

pitty1 year ago

How did you go with the carrots? DO you need a smaller drill bit?

msemtd1 year ago

The GIF said it all - love this - well done!

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