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An Israeli has invented a tool that will shave time off of peeling carrots. The device? The Karoto, looks and works like a large pencil sharpener, and peels vegetables such as courgettes and carrots or any similar-shaped vegetable.

Designed by Avichai Tadmor for Monkey Business design studio in Israel, it isalso touted for its safety. The Karoto’s creative team says it is a safer way to slice the skin off vegetables compared to using a peeler or knife.

Tadmor and his team claim the Karoto can completely peel a carrot in less than 30 seconds and say that not only does it save time but the shavings can also be used for decorative purposes.

Jenni Day, sales manager at London-based Luckies – a gift site that sells the Karoto in the UK - told the Daily Mail: “The Karoto is a really fun, quirky gift that can make preparing dishes a bit more interesting.

“It makes peeling vegetables easy and can be used with any long root vegetables such as carrots, courgettes, parsnips, and cucumbers.

“It comes with restrictions for children’s use as a lot of items of cutlery and kitchen gadgets do, but it is definitely easier to do than other ways of peeling vegetables. It looks like a pencil sharpener and works in a similar way and I would say it would take about 30 seconds to peel a carrot.”

 

“Not only does it make peeling a fast process but it also leaves curls which can be used to decorate salads and brighten up other dishes.”

The Karoto comes in both orange and black and is sold for around 10 pounds in the UK.

Watch a video of the Karoto in action below:

 

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