For many years I owned
what I passed off as a mandoline. In truth it
was a glorified grater and did the same job
except the slicing blade was much sharper.
Anyway, I managed to break it, so as it was
essential to get another one, I decided to get
one which was a little more sophisticated
without spending a fortune - I have seen them priced over £100.
This one caught my eye as
not only is it quite cheap, but it has thick
medium and thin slicing blades, a
julienne blade a thick
matchsticks blade which I call the French fries
blade as it's perfect for
making very thin chips. All the blades, the
guard and the mandoline are contained in a handy
clear plastic box which makes keeping everything
in one place easy. The main body folds open so
it can be stood on a work surface or even in the
box so the sliced food falls free of the blades
and doesn't get in the way.
The interchangeable blades
are very easy to fit and make light work of
It doesn't have a grater blade but I
forgive that omission.
The matchsticks can be further chopped down
into small dice with a knife and the julienne into
Basic Preparation Instructions and Cooking Times
for photos and descriptions of these and many
more vegetable cuts.)
I couldn't believe how sharp the blades were -
it quite caught me by surprise. They are
almost lethal and the guard which accompanies
the mandoline is an absolute must. This is not a
gadget for children or anyone who has coordination
problems or who is even just a bit clumsy
or cack handed.
Although I have a pukka
food processor with slicer/grater blades,
unless I have to cater for hundreds, I doubt
that I will ever use that function again. I love my mandoline.