Yesterday in the final installment of his Essential Kitchen Handtools series, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt mentioned holding a Y-shaped vegetable peeler like a pencil.

While this is probably obvious to many a Y-peeler user, I had never thought about holding one like this. In fact, I have always hated Y-peelers because of the way I had been holding them. Which is probably why I never switched to one from my conventional peeler.

Anyway, I wasn't alone. Lemons asked the same question I had--how do you hold it like a pencil? So today, when I had to shave some asparagus, I figured I'd demonstrate the pencil method. Here you go.

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