The kitchen gear that wins Christmas

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The newest addition to our family Christmas celebration shook his head in wonder as we opened presents.  "Do you guys give each other anything except kitchen gear?" he asked.

Well, I also got Guitar Hero World Tour.  But mostly, no.

This year, my sister got me a Rotato express.  For years, I've joked about buying one--in that not really joking way where you knew that some day, I was going to stagger home from a discount kitchen warehouse with a Rotato in tow.  My sister got tired of waiting for the inevitable denouement.

I am pleased to report that for an "As Seen on TV" product, the Rotato Express is surprisingly useful.  I do not honestly expect it to last all that long--the plastic construction does not exactly scream "heirloom quality".  But it was awesome during Christmas dinner prep, peeling an entire bag of potatoes about as fast as I could stick them on the bottom prongs, adjust the peeling arm, and press a button.  The vats full of scalloped potatoes traditionally consumed by my family at Christmas have never been so painless.  If anyone has any advice on prologinging the life of their Rotato, I will be an avid listener.


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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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