Mandolin Slicer – Quick Work of Slicing and Dicing

One Christmas a few years back I asked my husband for a mandolin slicer. I told him I wanted a good one, though, not one of those cheap plastic jobs that breaks the first time you put pressure on it. What I opened on Christmas morning has got to be the Granddaddy of all mandolins. It came with an instruction video and a hard molded plastic case that looks like I’m carrying a machine gun. It has multiple settings and multiple blades and more attachments than I can possibly understand. But – I’m pretty sure I can’t break it. Here’s how my mandolin slicer makes quick work of nearly all my slicing and dicing.

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The mandolin slicer my husband got me came with an instruction video and its own heavy-duty carrying case. Can you say ‘Overkill’? Image credit: Cherri Megasko

Preparing Salads Using a Mandolin Slicer

First of all, let me just say that my husband went way overboard. I wish he hadn’t because the monstrosity of a thing that I have takes up a lot of space and is time-consuming to wash, dry and put away. For $30 you can get a really good one that you won’t have to worry about breaking.

Having said that, salad fixings are one of the best ways to get good use out of your mandolin slicer. Just wash and peel (if necessary) your onions, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms – even tomatoes – and in no time at all you’ve prepared your own personal salad bar.

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I experimented with these cucumbers on the waffle fry setting. They’re pretty fancy for a salad, don’t you think? Image credit: Cherri Megasko

Fried Potatoes Extraordinaire Using a Mandolin Slicer

It will depend on the model you get, but my mandolin slicer will cut French fries, shoestring potatoes and even waffle fries. You can process enough potatoes to make fries for six people in just a couple of minutes. And they’ll all be uniform in size which means they’ll cook uniformly as well.

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Everybody loves McDonald-style French fries, right? They can be eaten all alone or used to top burgers and other sandwiches. Image credit: Cherri Megasko

Julienne Almost Any Veggie with a Mandolin Slicer

I’ve julienned beets, zucchini, carrots, potatoes … just about any vegetable you can think of using my mandolin slicer. I do it before I cook them to make more surface area which in turn, reduces cooking time. But as long as you don’t cook them to mush, you can julienne them after cooking as well.

Do you have a mandolin slicer? What’s your favorite thing to use it for?