A mandoline is a must-have for any home cook. A mandoline can make perfect shaved vegetables, crispy potato chips, and thin slices of fruit for tarts and pies. Mandolines are known for their sharp blades, which can make them dangerous. These are some tips that will help you make paper-thin slices and keep your fingers intact.
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Keep your mandoline parallel to your body. If you push forward instead of sideways, you will have more control.
If you require more lubrication, wet the blade and runway. While some fruits and vegetables can be sliced easily, starchy vegetables like potatoes won’t glide as well if they dry.
Before placing your vegetable or fruit on the mandoline, use a knife to make sure it has an even surface. Stability is your friend (and will save you your fingers) when it comes to the mandoline, so make sure your surface is even.
Use even pressure to cut the vegetable into uniform slices. This is how you get those crispy potato chips.
Use a guard Guards will protect your hand from the blade and help you hold your vegetable securely. Don’t worry if you don’t own a guard. You can use a few methods to protect your fingers from harm. To slice long strips of cucumber or zucchini lengthwise, keep your palm flat with your fingers raised. If you have a rogue hand, your palm will be more complex than your fingers. When slicing, make sure your fingers are tucked, and your knuckles are bent.
If all these tips fail to make you less accident-prone (we’ve all been there), you might consider a cut-resistant glove. This will allow you to still count to five using your mandoline.
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