Mandolines are efficient tools for saving time in the kitchen, but they can be dangerous if you don't use them correctly. These four tips will get you slicing vegetables quicker than ever, and help you keep your fingers in the process. In this video from the ChefSteps YouTube channel, chef Grant Crilly demonstrates some mandoline mastery techniques you should keep in mind when you use your own:
- Keep your blade sharp: Like with kitchen knives, a sharp blade gives you more control so you don't accidentally cut yourself. Sharpen or replace it regularly.
- Keep it stable: Rest the mandoline on a flat surface so it isn't wobbling while you slice. The less of a chance it has to move the better.
- Use manageable pieces for slicing: Cut your vegetables or what have you into smaller, easier-to-handle pieces before you start slicing them. For example, cut a whole cucumber into thirds or quarters before trying to slice them.
- Use the guide: Keep your food against the guide wall on the side as you push it into the slicing blade. This gives you more control and keeps your cuts consistent.
Mandolines can be scary, but if you follow these tips, you'll wonder why you haven't been using one all along.