As I walked along the edge of the grass, near what was once a wood pile (is currently where we grow thistles and toss the 'chicken bucket'), I happened to notice within the chicken-scratchings something dull and silvery. I looked again and was thrilled to find my favorite vegetable peeler! Which, no doubt, took the outdoor journey with carrot or potato peelings many, many months ago. Perhaps a year or more.
I haven't tried it out, so I don't know if it's sabbatical did any damage to it or not, but I'm very excited. Perhaps I'll make mashed potatoes tonight.
You can't buy this one. I've tried; twice. The 'new' versions take about a quarter inch of 'good stuff' along with the peel, and that irks me to no end. I don't mind them if I'm working with a particularly huge and warty tater or something, but generally speaking I'd like to have some carrot left after peeling it. Too, I peel forwards, which makes my mom as crazy as her backwards-version makes me (at least I'm excused from peeling potatoes while visiting). Which, in fact, is how I acquired this great peeler; I grew up using it and she never cared for it, so I nabbed it a few years back. In the interim, I was forced to steal from the motor home a very antique version, which, while not very sharp or forward-friendly, was at least better than the obnoxious new kind.
Should I attach it to a retractable cable in it's drawer, so this doesn't happen again? I really don't know if I could bear it.