Mandoline graters fall somewhere between power tools and the old reliable knife and cutting board. Some love the machine and some prefer another route, but if you cook for more than two people and less than ten, the Norpro V Slicer/Grater deserves a look. For prepping moderate amounts of julienned vegetables, ...
Mandolines | Professional Mandolin Kitchen Slicers
Not every home kitchen has a mandoline, but nearly every good restaurant has some form of this handy device. For exact repetitive slicing or decorative julienne cuts there’s really no substitute. If you don’t like using a knife and cutting board, you may see the mandoline as just another problem. If you like the work involved in cooking from scratch, you’ll probably enjoy the mandoline.
Good mandolines have strong, sharp and replaceable blades. Few can be sharpened at home, and owners quickly learn that a fast flick of the wrist makes them work well enough even when that factory edge fades. Good mandolines clean up easily, with few cracks and crevices where food can lodge. Good mandolines have safety devices. Most require that a portion of the carrot, potato or other vegetable be sacrificed as a grip for the safety handle — the last chunk will not pass through the machine and don’t risk your fingertips trying. Use the safety handle. Leftover veggie bits make good snacks.
Learning the mandoline requires experimentation and patience. You learn what size of vegetable works best and what speed cuts cleanest and gradually you get dependable results and a high percentage of perfect cuts. Then you can brag about your fine mandoline.
Some of Our Favorites
The inexpensive Zyliss Easy Slice 2 — simple with excellent safety features and adjustable thickness settings — fits the needs of a small kitchen.
With blades for grating and slicing and julienne, the Norpro V is more than enough mandoline for the imaginative home chef.
Our choice for Best Mandoline is the Bron Original. It’s a professional grade slicer that gives consistent results with the inflexibility and long lifetime of stainless steel.
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Mandoline w/ Interchangeable Blades
The infinite repeatability, consistency, and precise control a mandoline brings to the table isn't something which many cooks can easily duplicate with a knife. Normally, I'll simply reach for an extremely sharp thin knife, but even professionals and skilled home cooks will have a tough time making consistent, precise cuts. And ...
Stainless Steel Food Slicer | Easy Slice 2
Ah, the seduction of the mandoline. It promises effortless production of wafer-thin chips, slices and juliennes.
And yet, it also presents a scary proposition. Moving your hand close to an exposed blade in the opposite direction of the blade's edge is a recipe for some serious gouges.
The safety issue is mitigated, of course, by ...
Stainless Steel V-Blade
OXO's mandoline is a love-it or hate-it proposition.
Take Cooks Illustrated, for example. They loved it. They gave it their top rating in a recent review. It outranked spendier models from elite kitchen gadget brands.
But several buyers of this mandoline have spoken up and said it's really not all that great. ...