The kitchen gear that wins Christmas

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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