A couple of weeks ago, cutting into a couple of huge potatoes that I hoped to turn into some delicious, homemade french fries, possibly the scariest thing for any cook nearly happened to me. While cutting away at these skinned potatoes, I was busy catching up on the latest Netflix original, and to be fair, I’m normally extremely good at multitasking (and I really, really wanted to see what happened next on the show before my friends would bug me to finish the series for the millionth time). However, while being completely engrossed into the spectacle that was unfolding on my laptop screen, a quick slip of the fingers quickly sent the blade that I was working with just inches away from my unprotected fingers, grazing it so closely that a bit of skin freely peeled away. Quickly inspecting my fingers, I was lucky that I walked away with nothing but a small graze and a heck of a scare. Needless to say, after that I had a choice to make: either give up on watching my Netflix shows while cooking or give up on cooking. Pretty extreme decisions to make if you ask me, but luckily I didn’t have to give up either one.
After telling my friend about the incident, she brought me some of the best mandoline slicers I had ever used to make sure something like this never happens again. The first was the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionalle which was so satisfying to use; it cut everything from potatoes to cucumbers and carrots with barely any effort at all. Even a slight nudge was enough to perfectly and thinly slice anything I wanted. Part of this came from the spring-load, making even the hardest items feel like butter when you’re cutting into them.
The second one I was given was a De Buyer La Mandoline Swing, which was serrated on one side while the other side was straight for even, fine cuts. It was also a lot wider, helping to accommodate large, hefty potatoes, or long carrots.
The third my friend had given me was a Oxo Good Grips V- Blade Mandoline Slicer, which remarkably allowed me to not only slice various things, but also dice them when I needed a little more chunky texture. And though there were only a few settings for thickness, the compactness of it really made it handy and easy to use in the kitchen.
Needless to say, I’m no longer afraid of accidentally cutting myself as each of these mandoline slicers really only requires a single hand to cut anything from fruits and vegetables to even small chunks of cheese. And I am extremely thankful for my friend for getting me some of the best mandoline slicers out there!