Mum shares 'genius' hack for slicing cheese without a knife

This is one for parents to note with the back-to-school season - if you're looking for a way to cut perfect slices of Edam for those cheese and vegemite sammies, look no further. 

A UK mum has revealed her game-changing kitchen hack, using a humble potato peeler.

She shared her knowledge in the Facebook group Extreme Budget DIY & Life Hacks, which has almost 60,000 members. 

"Probably my daftest moment ever - however, works an absolute treat. Use a potato peeler to slice your block of cheese," she wrote. 

"Perfectly slim slices of cheese in a fraction of the time it takes me to use a knife."

The woman says she simply runs the peeler down the side of the block to get perfectly-sized cheese pieces of an even thickness. 

sliced cheese using potato peeler
Using a potato peeler results in perfect slices of cheese, every time. Photo credit: Facebook.

The post has racked up over 500 likes from impressed Facebook users who say they're going to give it a try. 

"I do this as well! Couldn't find a knife one day and hey presto!" wrote one person. 

"This is genius," another wrote. "How have I never thought of this?"

But others pointed out a couple of issues, including that the peeler wouldn't work on crumblier cheeses, and that many standard graters come with a slicing attachment. 

It's also important to note the specific type of peeler she used - if you have one of the longer ones with a blade on the side, this hack may not work for you. 

But if you find yourself without a grater or a knife, this might be the way to the ultimate lunchbox.