If you are quite comfortable with your way around the kitchen, you might be already familiar with the Mandoline slicers. They come in many varieties and most of them can be seen being demonstrated on TV commercials. The simple fact is mandoline slicers are commonly used kitchen aids for cutting, chopping or slicing manually. It has no power requirement.It is a simple contraption.
However, it provides the person who wants to make a vegetable dish swiftly or make a salad or make some finger chips at home with a convenient arrangement. Many housewives or men and women wanting to cook, consider the cutting and slicing of the vegetables a boring part of the whole cooking process. The rest of the activities look easier to them. No wonder the advantages of using a mandoline slicer are highly appreciated by everyone. If one were to describe the design of the mandolin slicer, its main part is the slicing board with the provision to fix the blades in the middle. Its bottom end can be rested on the cutting board and the top end held usually with an extended handle and held at an angle of about 45° from the flat surface. This ensures that the cut or sliced pieces fall freely down and can be removed periodically to allow the rest of the slices to fall until the work gets completed. The second part is the vegetable or object holder.
It has a cylindrical hold and below is the provision to hold the vegetable to be cut. In the slicing process, you carefully attach the vegetable to the holder of the top grip so that it may not fall. Now slowly the top piece of the mandolin slicer should be brought down, without applying too much pressure and the slicing will automatically drop the sliced vegetables on to the board or whatever you have kept at the bottom to collect the sliced pieces. The one major factor everyone will caution you about is to see that the safety precautions are all taken, especially, you have to protect your fingers and fingertips. As far as possible, the slicing movement must be slow and as you near the end of the piece you are slicing, more caution is to be exercised.
The advantage with the mandoline slicer is that it has removable blades. So depending on the dish you have planned to make, and the corresponding vegetable’s shape and size, the blades have to be adjusted. Similarly, the hold on the top should be checked while buying. It does not form part of the job being done, but the method of holding, not giving too much pressure, but letting it slip or move, will be crucial to making use of these mandoline slicers. So the angle in which the mandolin slicer is held, the safe way in which you hold the vegetables (you can slice potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers, you can shred cabbage and just about any solid vegetable) are all critical.
The biggest advantage is you get uniform slices and it has least strain on your fingers and hands. Mandoline slicers are also easy to clean and maintain. .