Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika, volume 36 issue 1 (march 2021) : 62-67

Testing and Evaluation of Peeling Tools

Promilakrishna Chahal, Kiran Singh
1Department of Family Resource Management, COHS, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125004, Haryana, India.
  • Submitted11-05-2021|

  • Accepted22-06-2021|

  • First Online 26-06-2021|

  • doi 10.18805/BKAP273

Cite article:- Chahal Promilakrishna, Singh Kiran (2021). Testing and Evaluation of Peeling Tools. Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika. 36(1): 62-67. doi: 10.18805/BKAP273.
Background: In different regions of the country, they use the only knife for cutting, peeling and chopping the vegetables. The knife caused some design related problems when it is used for peeling. The present study was undertaken to identify those problems and suggest appropriate tool for same purposes.
Methods: The performance of each tool (knife and peeler) was studied after a year of use by rural women for peeling purposes. Performance of peeling was analyzed on the basis of peeling efficient, peel thickness, peel weight proportion and capacity of each tool. A psychophysical study was done to compare the both tools based on women preferences. 
Conclusion: The capacity and peeling efficiency of the peeler (x=980.39±80.5 grams/min and respectively) were found to be higher than knife (x=440.26±38.9 grams/min. and). The wastage of fruits/vegetables in peel was also found less (9.0% with thickness of peel was (x=1.1±1.9mm) by using peeler. Peeler was found to be reducing the peeling time (35.29%) as well as making the peeling task easy (∑=3.54) for women. As well as use of peeler was significantly (p=0.05) reducing the problems of pain, stiffness, cuts in hands and was found highly accepted (∑=4.37) by women for peeling purposes.
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