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  • Diane Mack: Why is a good potato peeler so difficult?

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  • With all of the technology out there, has anyone yet, invented a potato peeler? I mean a real potato peeler.
    Yesterday, I was peeling potatoes for Sunday dinner and complaining to myself of how monotonous, time consuming, and tiring the whole potato peeling process is. Yet, instant potatoes simply do not taste the same, no matter how potato growers and manufacturers try.
    I can't complain too much, because I am no longer peeling potatoes for a family of nine.
    However, over the years, my complaints to the children, neighbors, kitchenware departments and siblings really brought me nothing. Well, I have to think about this.
    Years ago, the kids did buy me the International Apple Peeler for Christmas. It didn't work, although I gave it my best try.
    The beautiful apple peeler box is on the top shelf of my pantry collecting dust.
    I also cannot complain because my mom has been peeling potatoes for 80 years.
    Mom was 7 when her mother passed away. It was mom's chore to peel the potatoes for dinner before she left for school.
    Then you add 60 years of the ever-growing-in-family-size Sunday dinners and potato peeling and the rest is history.
    Mom didn't use a potato peeler. She used a small paring knife and still does.
    So here, we are in 2014, and I am still requesting an automatic or electric potato peeler. I can't stand to peel potatoes.
    I am now on a mission.
    This morning, I went online and found the Starfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler, which “instantly peels potatoes, fruits and vegetables in a simple one-touch peeling action. It is made of ABS plastic that makes it durable to withstand everyday use. It makes work easier with no mess and less waste than using a traditional hand peeler. It's easy to use; press the button and let the Starfrit Rotato Express Potato Peeler do the work for you”
    Sure.
    I located the Starfrit Peeler online and guess what? They are out of stock. They don't look too sturdy, either.
    I also found the Hobart 6430-4 and the Hobart 6460-1 potato peelers. They range in price between $5,900 and $8,000.
    For $5,900 I can hire a maid and a cook for Sunday dinners and save myself all the kitchen work on Sundays, all year long.
    I'd be happy to peel someone's potatoes and fix their Sunday dinner for $112 per week.
    I realize I may sound a little off the wall on this, but really.
    Forbes Jayson DeMers says to look out for this year's top tech trends which will dominate 2014. The Smart TV, Smart watches, Google glass, Apple TouchID applications, Xbox One and PS4, 3D printing and the future of intelligent personal assistants will change our world.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dear Apple, Samsung, and Google, I don't want the world changed.
    I simply want my potatoes peeled for Sunday dinner.
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.
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