I love my V-Slicer! It cost $29. and was one of my best kitchen investments. This hand operated cutter is also known as a mandolin. I’m not usually a big fan of buying gadgets. There are many useless gadgets on the market that take up precious storage space and never get used. However, this one actually gets used – a lot!
V-slicers are used to cut firm fruits and vegetables. The shape of the cut depends on the blade used. You can mince, chop, slice and julienne, which means to cut into strips.
My V-slicer is made of heavy duty plastic. You can buy the stainless steel version for about $150. The more expensive models come with more cutting blades and have legs to stand on. Unless you do a TON of cutting or are a professional chef, my advice is to go with the less expensive version.
The blades are REALLY sharp. Always use the holder when cutting. The holder has spikes on it that hold the fruit or vegetable while cutting.
Jam the fruit or vegetable you are using onto the spike. (I’m using an onion.)
The arrows on the holder indicate which direction you should be slicing. Press down firmly and start slicing.
Here I have made incredibly thin slices of onion.
By adjusting the plate under the blade I can make thicker slices.
My V-slicer came with three blades.
If I wanted to make French fries I would use the center blade shown above.
Chopping or slicing, particularly onions literally takes only seconds with a V-slicer — see the picture below.
You can see a V-slicer “in action” on my French Onion Soup video.
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