I am sure everyone has heard or seen one of these on TV or in the stores. Yes you guessed it; I found one at my neighbor’s garage sale. The mandoline and food slicers have always been an “Oh no way will I get one” I want to keep my fingers. Well I got it only because I am spending a lot of time slicing by hand and of course my hands are old. (Not me)
Well as in all homes around America, you buy fruit because everyone wants something different and it sets there. It looks pretty in the bowl until the bugs start flying around in your face. So now with the mandoline it doesn’t take me as long to slice them and put them in the dehydrator or cook them for baking or canning.
The mandoline looks pretty scary, but it has a hand guard so that when you slice or dice your fingers are not anywhere near the blade. The shield curls around on all sides so that the blade isn’t even seen until you push down to cut. I took my time at first, but once I got the hang of it – it went well.
On my husbands previous blog about dehydrating lemons and oranges you saw the results of my work. The oranges were easy but the lemons had a lot of seeds and kept getting hung up on the blade. I had to pull the lemon up and remove the seeds with a spoon or knife and continue cutting. Never touch the blade or pull what ever is caught in the blade with your fingers.
The mandoline I got came with 5 different blades:
- 2 Julienne Blades
- Small and large
- 3 thickness blades for
- Shoestring fries
- Any fruit that can be sliced
- Any vegetables that can be sliced
I am looking forward to drying some potatoes and using this to slice them. It produces very nice slices of an even thickness and is much faster than using a knife.
As always, we look forward to your comments or suggestions.
I am going to add a short comment. My wife doesn’t normally like these kind of kitchen tools. But this one she really likes. She dries any left over fruits or vegetables and this is much easier on her hands and the slices are all the same thickness.