The Japanese Mandoline – aka The Widow Maker

The japanese mandoline is an indispensable tool in the restaurant kitchen. It makes slicing and julienning vegetables so much easier and helps get the job done quickly. The catch? If you’re not careful it’ll take a slice rght off your finger! Especially if you’re rushing. The trick is to take your time, keep your fingers out of the way and to use a light touch. They come with a finger guard and you should use it whenever possible.

If you take proper care it’s a great tool to have around. I often use it to slice veggies for salad and making slaw. They’re really inexpensive considering the use you’ll get out of it. Grand total mine cost me $32. Any more and you’re overpaying. The best place to pick one up (if not on amazon) is in chinatown. Give it a whirl! You’ll feel the urge to make slaw on the daily before long.

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