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    I am considering purchasing a mandoline.
    I currently use a knife or manual food chopper for everything. Sometimes I want grated veggies (e.g. carrot salad) and I thought it might be nice to use a mandoline instead of a knife. OTOH, it isn't difficult using a knife; maybe I am just being lazy!


    Those of you who have tried one, do you like it? Is it worth it? If yes, do you have a recommendation? I am considering this one: Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000. It has good reviews and was not made in China. I prefer stainless steel over plastic but it seems as though most of the stainless versions still have plastic parts.

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    Working in the ER, I see a surprising number of mandolin injuries (for real!). Usually these are the tips of fingers that have been shaved off. If you get one, you might consider also getting one of the protective gloves that are made for professional cooks (I don't have one, but I have seen Some that look like chain mail and I think there are other varieties). They can be costly, but so can an Emergency Room visit.

    I like my mandolin, and have found that it makes everything cook better and evenly because the food pieces are all one thickness, but it doesn't speed things up for me because I go slow to avoid the injuries mentioned above.
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    I loved mine - just a cheapie plastic one - but DH feared it. He tossed it when DS was old enough to reach up and grab stuff. I miss it. It made slicing so much easier. My knife skills suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    Working in the ER, I see a surprising number of mandolin injuries (for real!). Usually these are the tips of fingers that have been shaved off. If you get one, you might consider also getting one of the protective gloves that are made for professional cooks (I don't have one, but I have seen Some that look like chain mail and I think there are other varieties). They can be costly, but so can an Emergency Room visit.

    I like my mandolin, and have found that it makes everything cook better and evenly because the food pieces are all one thickness, but it doesn't speed things up for me because I go slow to avoid the injuries mentioned above.
    I would definitely get the glove. I've read about cut fingertips. ...and i am prone to accidents.
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    Do you have recipes in mind (other than carrot salad) that you would use it for? I bought the oxo good grips one years ago, and cant even remember the last time i used it or what for. The hand guard thing was just too cumbersome to use. But Ive never tried making potato chips, either.

    Most of the time, a knife works fine for me, although I bring out a couple of food processors and graters and chop wizards when Im feeling lazy or industrious.
    For carrot salad, Id probably use the small setting on the hand grater, or run it through the food processor if I was making that much.
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    I love using the mandoline for the same reasons of TFZ. My knife skills suck.

    It allows for even cutting. No it does not save time, as I go slow and it has to be cleaned, which takes more time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Do you have recipes in mind (other than carrot salad) that you would use it for? I bought the oxo good grips one years ago, and cant even remember the last time i used it or what for. The hand guard thing was just too cumbersome to use. But Ive never tried making potato chips, either.

    Most of the time, a knife works fine for me, although I bring out a couple of food processors and graters and chop wizards when Im feeling lazy or industrious.
    For carrot salad, Id probably use the small setting on the hand grater, or run it through the food processor if I was making that much.
    That was my hesitation to order it last night; I'm not sure what else I would make with it. It was a late night impulse thought...I read a few great carrot recipes and thought..."I need one of these!". I could probably save the $50 and clutter in the kitchen. We eat a lot of chopped veggie salads and I am fine with a knife or manual chopper. I don't have a food processor. When I grate carrots by hand I think they are too thin and get soggy so I end up chopping them instead because I like more crunch.

    I need to stay away from late night online shopping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    I love using the mandoline for the same reasons of TFZ. My knife skills suck.

    It allows for even cutting. No it does not save time, as I go slow and it has to be cleaned, which takes more time.
    I have pretty good knife skills. Maybe I'll skip it.

    I just mentioned the potential purchase to my husband and he winced...he knows how accident prone I am. I get hurt all the time; luckily it is nothing permanent like loosing a finger tip.
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    Yeah, just extra clutter generally speaking. I use a knife or the attachment on my food processor.

    With that said.....I have one that I only pull out to slice apples or veggies evenly for canning/pickling. Knife is too slow if I want it even, and food processor is too wasteful. It's the only reason I have one.

    But yeah you need to be really careful.
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    No food processors!? Wow!

    I have a big cuisinart that I will go nuts with once Ive bothered to take it out. Goes through a head of cabbage in about 30 seconds, a block of cheese in less rhan a minute, onions like nobodys business (Id chop onions, carrots, celery for the week all at once)...Once I get it out, nothing is safe from it. So fun to use!

    I also bought one of those immersion blender kits (like this one but cheaper)
    Amazon.com: Ovente HS585B Robust Stainless Steel Immersion Hand Blender with Beaker, Whisk Attachment and Food Chopper, Black: Home & Kitchen

    It has a mini-food processor attachment that is awesome for bread crumbs and nuts!

    Gotta admit I love them more than my kitchenaid stand mixer.
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