Thursday, December 1, 2011

My New Best Friend

I love salad, the fresher the better. None of those pre-packaged salad bags for me, oh no. They taste like chemicals and spoil really quickly.

But when it comes time to make a salad, I used to find myself making excuses for why I didn’t have time to make it – knowing that Hubby would step up to the plate and make it for me because he loves salad even more than I do. And then I could just enjoy the aroma of the fresh-cut vegetables while he was preparing the salad, with no muss and fuss for me.

Then last Christmas Hubby bought me a mandoline. No, not one of these:

One of these, a hand-held mandoline by Oxo:

I tried to use it right after Christmas and managed to cut myself in the process, so I threw it into my junk drawer and didn’t use it again for a long time.
Now that we’ve moved and I’m reorganizing all of our kitchen tools, I came across the mandoline again and decided to give it another try. And I’m so glad I did!

This time I took my time with it, getting used to the feel of it and how to adjust the blade to make thin, medium, or thick cuts. I practiced with celery…wow, so quick and easy! Then with carrots…awesomely thin slices, perfect every time.

And that piece that fits on top with the black knob…there’s a purpose for that. It has prongs underneath that grab onto small items, so that you can use the knob to slide the food attached to it back and forth across the blade…without cutting yourself. Amazing! So I guess my earlier disaster was due to “operator error”. Not the first time, and probably won’t be the last.

Now I’m feeling pretty foolish that I let this jewel languish in my junk drawer for nearly a year. And I’m pretty quick to make the salad these days; Hubby is now sitting on the bench at salad time.

You know the soups that I’ve been making lately? They are so quick to put together using the mandoline; it took me less than 10 minutes to prepare the veggies for my last soup; the soup before that took me over half an hour to prep for because I cut the vegetables the old-fashioned way: with a knife and cutting board.

So if you have one of these kitchen tools in your junk drawer, take it out and try it again. Just be careful and use the safety features as they are intended.

And if you don’t have one, get one and try it. You’ll be thanking me!



  1. I'll look for one of those! I love salads and haven't been eating as many lately! Maybe I need one of these! heehee! Hugs! ♥

  2. I have one on my wish list for Christmas, have been inspired by seeing them used on the food channel alot lately...who knew I could have just followed your lead!!

  3. I have a Pampered Chef one - and LOVE it (yeah - after almost losing a finger to it, I learned the hard way, but have forgiven it...) I just don't think of it for things like chopping veggies for soups, etc. I hate chop work!! I'll have to start thinking a little more creatively....Stay Calm and Slice On! Happy December! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin


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