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 Post subject: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:28 am 
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I have been coveting one for a while now but am really unsure how much use it actually gets in the kitchen. Anyone use their regularly? Regret owning one and it simply collects dust?

One of the reasons I want one is a few blogs mentioned online that slicing onions with a mandolin doesn't affect your eyes like slicing them with a knife. Onions absolutely destroy me to the point I rarely cook with them (even though I like them) because I easily spend the next hour and a half with blood-shot pained eyes.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:40 am 
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I like mine for slicing things in thin, uniform slices quickly. The problem I always have is the hand guards always suck and don't hold onto the food well and then I worry about hacking off a finger.

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We've got two -- a Japanese-made Benriner for quick/small slicing, and a French-made mandoline (below) for the big stuff like eggplant and trickier things like gaufrette cuts.

The Benriner gets used a couple of times a week, and the mandoline gets used maybe twice a month -- but we're glad to have both.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:21 am 
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I have one I got at Target that just gets placed over the bowl you are slicing into. It's not my most used kitchen tool, but I do like it to slice paper-thin cucumbers for potato salad.


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I thought I really wanted one (seem so handy). I got a cheapish one at Target, and I think I've only used it once. It wasn't as easy as it seems...but that could be 1. cheapish 2. user error.


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I used one until I CUT MY KNUCKLE OFF WITH IT. Fuuuuuuck Mandolins.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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I love mine. It is a zyliss and the guard works really well. Never had an accident.
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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:14 am 
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melisser wrote:
I used one until I CUT MY KNUCKLE OFF WITH IT. Fuuuuuuck Mandolins.


Exactly. The last time I used one I sliced off a chunk of my thumb.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:18 am 
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I have one and I don't use it that often, but it's great for slicing stuff paper thin or doing stuff like matchsticks. I have an OXO one someone gave me as a gift and it doesn't work nearly as well as the inexpensive Japanese one my mom got at a yard sale.

I've definitely sliced off several body parts, though. The best was the tip of my thumb while making Christmas Eve dinner.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:24 am 
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Some are relatively cheap, cheaper than a food processor and i find it does less veggie mangling than the machine.

That being said, mine tends to collect dusk but if i were to store it in plain sight near the knives it would likely get more use.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:29 am 
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I have a French one like Tofu666's. It gathers dust, but every time I use it, I wonder why I don't use it more often, because it's sort of fun and the uniform slicing looks great.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:30 am 
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yeah a word of caution, mandolins will fork you up.

specifically just before someone tells you to be careful it's a forking mandolin and it means business. Then you laugh because of how innocent and dinky it looks.

Then multiple stitches.

I have seen this scenario play out over 10 times.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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My mandoline is my very very very favorite kitchen implement. I don't pull it out every day, but I do pull it out generally at least once a week... and the stuff it makes faster, it makes SO much faster. And so much more elegant.

Also, it's just damn fun to use. (In part _because_ I know it'll take my finger off if I'm not careful.)

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I have a cheap one that I uses occasionally, but I'm glad I have it, because the times I use it, a knife either wouldn't work as well or would take way too long (slicing tons of cabbage for sauerkraut, lots of really thin slices of cucumber for cucumber salad, thin, uniform eggplant slices for grilling). I also used it for thin slices of potato on potato pizza, and I don't think I could have gotten thin/even enough slices with a knife.

The guard on mine doesn't work well, though, so I always wear an oven mitt. Well, I have since I sliced off the tip of a finger.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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I have a cheap-ish Ozo GoodGrips which, ironically, has a really bad grip. It leaves a lot unsliced veg and gets stuck sometimes. I think I would use it a lot more if it had a better grip. It is handy and I like the evenness but it is more hassle than it is worth most of the time.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:37 pm 
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I have a Zyliss and I find it easy to use for softer vegetables (like cucumbers) but I'd been hoping to use it for things like potatoes but it doesn't work very well. I also find there's quite a bit of vegetable left over that can't be put through. But I would guess that people who use them more often can be more efficient. I just use my graters and knives.

For the safety issue, I've read that you should wear protective gloves (like these http://www.etundra.com/Stainless_Steel_Gloves-C7021.html) when using mandolines.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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i have a cheap one, and love it. i use it most often for slicing things to dehydrate, but also find it handy for other stuff too. i just used it a couple minutes ago to slice zucchini for a pasta free lasagna dish.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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My friend has an awesome one that was a pleasure to use. I got one because I thought I'd use it so much but the one I got sucked big time.

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Someone (possibly mentioned above) cut their finger open with one last forum. I'm scared of buying one now.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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Useful and time saving kitchen implement for any cook, but especially necessary for the gourmond. I think zucchini is often too good to pass up. Although we just got a henckles santouku knife so I don't know how much my mandoline will be used. I am not cooking as much lately and I feel like I use it more than when I had more time to fuddle around with whatever was in the drying rack nearest me.

I cut my finger on mine twice in a row because the first time I didn't even feel it. I wasn't being careful where I normally am, though.

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i used to have 2, but my ex took them both with him after the breakup. he used it all the time, but i think that's because he never cleaned it - that part is a pain in the asparagus. i never bothered to replace them, and only rarely miss using one for cutting matchsticks. i don't generally need fancy thin slices for anything i cook, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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Have one that belonged to my mother and have never used it. After reading this thread, I don't think I will.

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Haha, I came into this thread to tell you to be careful! I was so excited to get one and then the first time I used it I sliced my thumb open and had to have four stitches.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:34 am 
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I have one, and although I don't use it that often, it is useful every now and then. Mine has different blades for different jobs, which is handy. I had to julienne about a thousand carrots for a recipe once and it was much quicker with the julienne blade on the mandolin. As far as safety goes, I've never had a problem when actually using it, but you do need to be really careful when washing up - several times the water in the bowl has turned red!

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use a mandolin slicer?
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My wife is terrified of them and would never use it. Her fear is strong enough that I may end up not even getting one just so she isn't stressing about it. Perhaps I should just use the money to buy myself a really nice knife.


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