23 Jul

I have been fascinated with madolines since I first saw them…  I even bought one but was intimidated of using it until a year after I bought it.  Now, I can’t stop using it… 


Even with decent knife skills, using a mandoline will ensure you’ll have very even, professional looking slices of whatever you want to slice.  I have used it for several dishes shown here in KarmaFree Cooking, like:

Comme Çi Comme Ça Salade Niçoise – I used it to slice the carrots and the radishes

Eggplant Parmesan

Creamy Potatoes


Eggplant Stacks

And most recently…  

Potatoes à la Angie


There are many mandolines available in the market.  I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond and it shouldn’t have cost me over $25.  I bought this one because I did not want to spend over $100, as some models are, for something that I wasn’t sure if after all I was going to give a whole lot of use to.  I’ve been known to want some gadgets for a long time and then finding out that I do not like them after all.

The one thing I need to stress a lot is to be VERY CAREFUL with the blade.  My version is an inexpensive one and its blade is super sharp.  I once tried to catch the mandoline on its way to the floor and my finger met the blade…  I won’t go into the details, but I still have a scar in my finger.   Always use the handle to manage whatever you’re slicing and NEVER EVER try to catch a sharp falling kitchen utensil… let it drop to the floor and pick it from there.  Never try to catch anything sharp in mid-air.

That’s my nugget of wisdom for the day…

2 Responses to “Mandoline”

  1. magpie July 24, 2008 at 1:01 am #

    Thanks for the wisdom 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about buying one, so I will have to check out BB&B.

  2. fallenangel65 July 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Madolines and those great files you use for grating zest and things are on the top of my to buy list when I can. I love using my friend’s because it just makes such quick work of everything and it is so uniform where as when I am doing it I start off great, but end up with pieces that are very triangle shaped in their profile. 😉

    Hey – just a quick aside – I have heard about Monfongo now three or four times and wasn’t sure if you had come up with a veggie version…or if that was even possible.

    KFC – Of course!!!!! Mofongo can definitely made vegetarian. It’s on my TO DO list to share with all of you guys. just let me get my hands on some nice green plantains soon enough…

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