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What is a Mandolin Vegetable Slicer?

Updated on July 30, 2012
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Mandolin Slicer Review

5 stars for Mandolin Slicer

Mandolin Slicers

Mandolin slicers are a great kitchen tool to create a more professional look to your sliced vegetables. Whether you are cooking for your family, or entertaining, your display will be much more appealing to all of your dinner guests!

Many professional cooks use a much more expensive version of this kitchen tool. However, the home cook can find a reasonably priced and user friendly mandoline in almost any store that carries kitchen gadgets. For a long time, I have wanted to purchase one for my kitchen and recently did through a Pampered Chef Home Sales party. I must say that I was very pleased with my investment! So although many mandolin slicers are very similar, I will be specifically referring to the Pampered Chef Ultimate Mandoline that I have.

Pictures of the Mandolin Slicer

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The blades slide easily in and out on the side of the base.  A small switch allows for adjustable thickness.The top piece slides easily back and forth on the base. The griper allows the vegetables to be held in place while slicing.Vegetable slices come out from the bottom of the slicer and are uniform in thickness.Alex is very excited about his crinkle cut apple slice!The crinkle cut gives a potato chip style slice.
The blades slide easily in and out on the side of the base.
The blades slide easily in and out on the side of the base. | Source
A small switch allows for adjustable thickness.
A small switch allows for adjustable thickness. | Source
The top piece slides easily back and forth on the base.
The top piece slides easily back and forth on the base. | Source
The griper allows the vegetables to be held in place while slicing.
The griper allows the vegetables to be held in place while slicing. | Source
Vegetable slices come out from the bottom of the slicer and are uniform in thickness.
Vegetable slices come out from the bottom of the slicer and are uniform in thickness. | Source
Alex is very excited about his crinkle cut apple slice!
Alex is very excited about his crinkle cut apple slice! | Source
The crinkle cut gives a potato chip style slice.
The crinkle cut gives a potato chip style slice. | Source

Blades on a Mandolin

Some of the more basic mandolins have just one blade. If you select a more deluxe mandolin, it will come with a variety of blades. This is one of the features that I really appreciate. When you have children, creating an inviting plate is one of the best ways to guarantee that the will eat what you serve them! So what types of blades will you find with a deluxe or ultimate mandolin?

Grater: A greater is perfect for shredding vegetables. You can use it to shred potatoes for hash browns or carrots for a salad. You will no longer need that 'knuckle scraper' that you have stashed in a drawer anymore!

Adjustable Slicer: There is a simple slicing tool blade that will slice your vegetables at two different thicknesses. One is very thin and the other leaves a thickness that is about 1/8 of an inch.

Crinkle Cut: The crinkle cut blade is a fun blade to use. It is great for slicing potatoes to make into fries. I sliced an apple with it to show you the fun cut that it makes. My son found it to be great fun to eat!

V Shaped Blade: This gives another great option for adding a bit of character to your vegetable slices.


Mandolin Slicer

Would you purchase and use a mandolin slicer?

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Pros and Cons of a Mandolin Slicer

There are many reasons that one might decide to purchase a mandolin slicer or not. Here are some pros and cons that I have found.

Pros:

  • easy to use
  • creates uniform slices
  • multiple blades allow for a variety
  • dishwasher safe makes it easy to clean
  • great for other foods such as fruits and cheese

Cons:

  • can be expensive
  • will not slice soft vegetables or fruits (such as tomatoes)

So as you can see, my list of pros is much longer than my cons. This makes it a win in my book. So what do you think? Would you purchase a mandolin slicer? Let me know in the poll to the right.

Apple and Yogurt Salad Pictures

Apple and Yogurt Salad
Apple and Yogurt Salad | Source
Apples with the yogurt on the side for dipping.
Apples with the yogurt on the side for dipping. | Source

Yogurt and Walnut Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey


Directions:

  1. Remove the core of the apple. Then using the V Slicer, slice the apple. Then cut the apple into fourths and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, honey, and walnuts. Drizzle the yogurt mixture over the apple slices or serve the yogurt on the side and use it as a dip for the apples.

Greek Style Cucumber Salad

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Cucmber Feta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • about 2 oz. of Feta cheese
  • 1 small onion (I prefer a red onion)
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • Spices (I simply used pepper this time but I usually use about a teaspoon of dried oregano)
  • About 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil (I really don't measure this but just eyeball it.)

Directions:

  1. Slice vegetables and place them in a bowl.
  2. Top with Feta cheese and spices.
  3. Pour vinegar and oil over the top and serve.

This is a great summer salad for fresh vegetables that are growing in your garden. We often add Kalamata olives to this salad. There is no need to add salt due to the saltiness of the Feta.

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    • cardelean profile image
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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Haha, it's a fun tool to use. :)

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      The only kind of mandolin I want is the musical version, LOL Great looking recipes though and yes, alex is a world class hambone!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad to hear that I've been a bit of inspiration to you Simone! Thanks for your visit. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad to hear it Rosyel. If you are anything like me, you have so many kitchen gadgets that you forget what you have! Glad the hub has inspired you to get it out again!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It took me a long time to decide to invest in one even though I've wanted one for a long time. It was worth the money. The one that I have has a safety feature that will not allow it to slice if everything is not in place correctly. So far I haven't had any dangerous moments with mine! Hope you get a chance to invest in one.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I think that almost any home party is dangerous for me, they see me coming a mile away! :) I agree, storage can be difficult if you have limited space. Glad you found the recipe delicious sounding!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I have a mandolin slicer, but have never used it! Now I've got renewed enthusiasm about making the most of it. :D

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Very well presented! I think I have a similar one at home and will start using it more after reading your hub. Love the recipes you shared! Great hub.. voted up! ^_^

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I don't have a mandolin, but I want one now! That would make slicing cucumbers and other veggies a very easy task. I've always been nervous about using one because I've heard they are one of the most "dangerous" kitchen tools (and I'm accident-prone) - I'd love to make crinkle cuts, etc. for our meals, though!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      This does look like a very handy tool. I have a similar hand slicer. There are so many varieties out there and it can be frustrating to decide what would work best for one's own kitchen. Easy clean-up and storage is also an issue. Thanks for the walnut apple recipe - looks simple and delicious! By the way, Pampered Chef parties are dangerous to my wallet! lol I LOVE their stuff!

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