When I went to my sister's house at Halloween, she gave me a Rotato. No, we don't exchange Halloween gifts, and no, she didn't pay for it. It was on the giveaway table at work and she passed it along to me.
While we do have a largish kitchen, we don't have infinite storage so I'm somewhat picky about what I'm willing to keep. I was skeptical about whether the Rotato would make the cut because I don't peel a ton of vegetables and, in general, I am not a fan of unitaskers. Still, I decided to give it a go.
Actually, Trevor gave it a go. He's been DYING to try the Rotato ever since Aunt Kari gave it to us.
The pros: It was very easy to assemble and held the potato securely. It peeled the potato cleanly in a long, continuous peel. It was easy enough for a child to work it and much safer than a knife or traditional vegetable peeler. The cons: It did not peel the top nor the bottom of the potato. The directions said to put a paper towel under the Rotato to catch the peel, but that meant that the Rotato's non-stick feet didn't cling to the table as they should. It peeled considerably deeper than a standard vegetable peeler, potentially resulting in more waste.
I say "potentially" because I couldn't stand wasting all that potato. I sliced the long potato peel into pieces and threw them into some hot oil. I pulled them out, sprinkled them with salt, and served them with ketchup on the side. Delicious!
I haven't made a final verdict about the Rotato. I still need to try it with a few other of the suggested fruits and vegetables before I decide if it has earned a spot in the cupboard. By the way, the potatoes that we peeled? I made something awesome with them, which I'll tell you about on Monday. A little hint: they were part of Goal 33.