Here’s how to use the Mandolin Kitchen Slicer in case you are using it for the first time, and the safest way to use it to cut vegetables and fruits.
We all know that these are great tools for making evenly sized slices of vegetables and fruits, and can be really handy tools in the kitchen.
However, they can also be dangerous and there is a right way to use it. Here’s how to use a mandolin kitchen slicer.
In case, you are using it for the first time, it is recommended that you start with a bigger and hard vegetable like a potato to get used to it.
How to Use the Mandolin Kitchen Slicer
Here are the steps to do it the right way.
- First cut the potato into two parts, place one part in the hand pusher (safer way) and slice one half at a time.
- Try to place the mandoline slicer perpendicular to your body so that you have better control over the slicing process.
- Slide the flat side of the potato across the blades using even pressure and consistent pressure.
Depending on what you are going to cook, you may need slices of different thicknesses. You can easily adjust the thickness of each cut with a knob or lever on the side of the slicer, or you may use different sets of blades. Once you are done with the first half, repeat the same process for the other half of the potato using the hand pusher to make even and consistent strokes.
You should clean the slicer immediately after use to prevent food from drying on the parts, which makes it difficult to clean it and maximizes the chances of injury. Once you are happy with the potato slices, you can try it next with a variety of vegetables.
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As with most things, you get what you pay for. Some of the brands can cost you above 100 bucks (the ones used in restaurants cost even more) but then you also get slicers that are around one-fourth the price.
Of-course an expensive one will have a better finish and better blades, which should make it much easier to do all your slicing work. Better blades also means you don’t have to replace them for several years.
Irrespective, it’s recommended that you get a cut glove (kevlar gauntlet) that will prevent the nicks and cuts (some of them can be serious). Though most come mandolines come bundled with one you can buy these separately for less than 20 bucks. Some users find the guards heavy and unruly, and also unusable on the waffle-cutter, in that case you can invest in one of those armored gloves.
There is no doubt that knives and mandolines are among the more unsafe utensils in the kitchen, but then they are indeed of great help. In fact, an early illustrated culinary book that was published in 1570 shows a board with a cutting blade to cut vegetables into thin sticks. So this utensil has been around for ages.
A word of caution here; mandoline blades are very sharp and hence it is recommended that you use a safety guard and take precautions when using and cleaning a mandolin kitchen slicer.