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Must-Have: Mandoline

Everyday Food, April 2007

Take home this professional chef's tool, and faster than you can say "Order in," you'll have expertly sliced vegetables and fruit that are a cut above.

What It Does
A mandoline, sometimes called a Japanese slicer, is a bladed tool that makes uniform slices of vegetables and fruit quickly and easily. The blades are often adjustable, allowing for different thicknesses. The results can be used for gratins, galettes, salads, tarts, and more.

What To Look For
Today's flat handheld mandolines are made of high-grade plastic or wood. At $20 to $35, they're less expensive than traditional stainless-steel models. Smaller and easier to use, these are ideal for the home cook. Some also include interchangeable blades that julienne, waffle, and crinkle-cut slices. All have a safety guard.

Sharp Thinking
Treat the blade with the respect you'd give your most razor-edged knife -- it's that sharp -- and always use the safety guard. Store the mandoline away from where kids can get to it. For cleanup, always wash (very carefully) by hand.

Comments (4)

  • meevamarie 22 May, 2009

    I was looking for the Mandolin which offers a V- cut slot. I'm a Leftie and the slants are designed for right-handed people. It does make a huge difference

  • CarolinaRestless 21 Jan, 2009

    I found your web link please disregard about the web site .
    Thanks Dale

  • CarolinaRestless 21 Jan, 2009

    Dear Martha
    It would be nice if you had a link to ask you questions on your web site.
    I wish you would do a show on the use of the Mandoline. I have one that is a nice one and every time I use it I end up cutting my fingers .

  • marburst 11 Apr, 2008

    Where can we buy this mandoline? Could you please put a link on your homepage?