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Side By Side Pea Sheller Comparison

One of the best ways to get to know about products is from a side-by-side comparison of what is offered. There are many pea shellers to consider for various reasons. Some of the those reasons may include how many peas are needing to be shelled, how many workers are involved, and what kind of peas are needing to be shelled. Fortunately, there are great choices to help get the job done!

First of all, there are four kinds of shellers to compare side-by-side. The Mr. Pea Sheller, Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, Taylor Pea Sheller, and the new Mini Taylor Pea Sheller. Each of these pea shellers are unique in their own ways, but all work hard so you don’t have to.

Mr. Pea Sheller

Mr. Pea Sheller is perfect for the home owner who needs to shell peas without the hassle of shuffling through each shell just to get dinner made. Not too mention Mr. Pea Sheller is very budget friendly without sacrificing quality. This guy will last for approximately three years!

Mr Pea Sheller

Simply attach the C-Clamp to a table, begin to feed the pea shells through the rollers, and start cranking out the shells through the rollers. If using the hand crank is too much work there is the option to attach an electric drill to the sheller making it possible to fill a 5 gallon bucket in just 15 minutes.

Electric Mr. Pea Sheller

Since we are on the subject of electric power take a look at the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller. This is the big brother of the Mr. Pea Sheller. The Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is ready to take you to the next level of shelling peas!

What’s great about the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller is it is strong enough for a home garden, but small enough to fit in a closet. Meaning getting work done faster and still able to store away once shelling is complete for the day.

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Just like the Mr. Pea Sheller the Electric is easy to use. The tray is slanted at the right angle to keep the pea shells flowing through the rollers at a nice rate. Ideally 1.5 to 2 bushels can be run through an hour.  To get started spread out the pea shells, let the rollers pull the shells on it’s own, and the peas will fall into the provided pan.

Another great fact about the Electric Pea Sheller is their is no assembly required and is easy to clean up! Simply plug-in and play. Once the Electric Pea Sheller is all setup it can handle most types of peas. Some of the types of shells that can be run through includes black eyes, purple hulls, creme 40s, and pink eyes.

Taylor Pea Sheller

It’s time to graduate to the big leagues with the Taylor Pea Sheller, a.k.a. “The Little Sheller.” This guy is meant for those looking to shell out around 3-4 bushels an hour that packs a 1/3 horsepower motor! If that doesn’t impress keep reading.

John Taylor is made in the U.S.A. and defines what quality craftsmanship is all about. Manufacture in the great State of Georgia, The Little Sheller keeps the customers in mind with not just quality materials, but safety, speed, and efficiency as well.

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The Little Sheller can produce up to about 4 bushels an hour. Rather than a slanted tray it has a flat tray that allows approximately 1/2 of a bushel at a time. The 1/3 horsepower, 115-volt, 60Hz Dayton electric motor keeps you from doing the hard work and allows you to get more done. This is perfect for commercial use!

Unlike the Electric Mr. Pea Sheller, the Little Sheller accommodates all size pea shells. The Little Sheller is made to get the job done quicker so you can increase production.

Mini Taylor Pea Sheller

The Mini Taylor Pea Sheller is the little brother of the Taylor Pea Sheller, just a bit smaller making it weigh less and portable. Don’t let the size fool you! This Mini can shell through about 1 to 2 bushels an hour.

The Mini Sheller is a TRUE bean sheller!  This shelling machine is excellent for black-eyed peas, crowders, lady fingers, white acres, English peas, and mature butter beans. Due to the adjustable scientifically engineered rollers, you can easily go from shelling purple hull peas to mature butter beans in just a few seconds.

Mini Pea Sheller

The Little Sheller carries over the same quality to the Mini! The American made 1/10 horsepower motor keeps the rollers moving. Speaking of the rollers, they are constructed with just enough strength to keep the peas/beans in good shape. The rollers will grab the pods just fine without mashing em up. Too add to the build quality of the machine, it is cooled with a fan to keep from overheating ensuring it will not get bogged down.

The rollers are protected by a shield, which in turn keeps fingers and hair from getting caught during operation. Just like The Little Sheller the belt is guarded by a shield as well.

Both the Little Sheller and Mini Sheller include an on/off switch that guarantees the machine will not be functional when powered off. However, there is a foot petal that can be attached to the power switch to operate similar to as a sewing machine or saw.

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Mr. Pea Sheller Review

This hand style pea sheller machine is far better than the old two thumb method. It is cheap and very simple to use. Mr. Pea Sheller is perfect for the small gardener.

Preparation

Peas need to be fresh and green to work properly in the Mr. Pea Sheller. Usually spreading the pea pods out on a sheet or blanket and leaving them for six to eight hours (or overnight) will give the best results when shelling with the Mr. Pea Sheller.

Use

Mr. Pea Sheller

Mr. Pea Sheller

Operating the Mr. Pea Sheller is very simple. You put the pods in the top of the sheller and start to turn the roller with the supplied hand crank. The pod will be pulled through. When rollers reach the first pea in the pod, the pea will push through the side of the pod and fall below, down a slide and in to your pie pan, or other shallow pan. The empty hull, or pod, will be ejected on the other side.

Design

The Mr. Pea Sheller is made of steel with nylon mesh rollers. It has a hand crank you turn to pull the peas through the rollers. The Mr. Pea Sheller has a two spline rollers to separate the peas from the pod. The peas simply fall below the the sheller in to a pan you provide. There is a clamp on the bottom of the pea sheller so you can use to attach to most tables. The clamp on the Mr. Pea Sheller is held in place by a single screw. A protective cap on this screw ensures the Pea Sheller will not damage any surface.

Pea Sheller with MixerMaking it Electric
Taking a standard electric hand mixer and attaching it to the Mr. Pea Sheller will turn it to a semi-electric bean sheller. You will need to hold on to the pea sheller to make sure it does not shake the screw lose below, or simply check the screw every 10-15 minutes of operation.
Mr. Pea Sheller Problems
Using the Mr. Pea Sheller only has a few minor problems. The major problem with the sheller is the amount it can handle. Trying to shell more than one pea pod at a time will make the rollers very difficult to turn, even using the electric hand mixer could cause the rollers to jam. If the produce is not fresh and green, or if it is too wet the peas will simply get mashed and not pop out the side of the pea pod. You should expect a few of the peas to simply get mashed when using the Mr. Pea Sheller, but the vast majority of your peas will come out perfect for preserving or eating.

 

Mr. Pea Sheller- Blanching Peaspeas

Beans and peas that just will not shell without mashing probably have either very tough pods due to growing conditions, or may be too green or too dry. These may be shelled very easily by using the following method:

Blanch the peas or beans, in the pod, in boiling water from one minute (for canning or short term refrigeration) to four minutes (for freezing). Cool quickly in a cold ice water bath, the colder the water the better. Now feed them, wet, through your Mr. Pea Sheller’s special rollers. The results will please you. One minute blanching will usually soften the toughest of pods so that shelling is now easy. If you are preparing the produce for your freezer, then blanch the peas or beans four minutes and freeze after shelling. This process makes the pods or hulls tender enough that even the thin skin around the peas or beans are not damaged, and you can shell them very quickly.

Mr. Pea Sheller (and bean sheller)

You can find out more about Mr. Pea Sheller (and watch a demo video) at GardenHarvesters.com

 

 

~Kerry Clabaugh