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If you want fast, efficient and precise slices of fruit or vegetables, you can't beat a mandolin.
The Benriner Japanese Mandolin is one of the best. It is compact, lightweight and extremely efficient, with an angled razor sharp blade and strong plastic body.
A mandolin can be used to slice all sorts of fruit and vegetables including potatoes, carrots, courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, lemons and more.
The slicing thickness is adjusted by a screw on the underside, and can be set anywhere from paper thin to a maximum of 5mm. The body of the mandolin is grooved to reduce friction and suction as you slice, particularly important with vegetables such as potatoes. The grooves also help remove excess juice, for example when slicing tomatoes.
A mandolin can be dangerous if not used correctly. It comes with a safety finger guard, (measuring 10cm x 6.5cm, with a spikes underside) which must be used at all times. The best, and safest way to use a mandolin is to be confident with it. Use the full length to build up some speed on each stroke so the blade slices through quickly and easily. If you are slower and try to push the food through, it will take more effort and you are more likely to slip.
Included are three julienne inserts, which can be placed in front of the slicing blade and secured in place with two finger screws. The julienne inserts have a blade spacing of approximately 1.5mm, 3mm and 8mm, and can be used with a slicing thickness of up to 2mm, 3mm and 4mm respectively. The inserts can be used for chips and crudités, julienne vegetables, or fine shredding.
Unlike many mandolins available today, the slicing blade can be removed for sharpening. In normal use, this will only rarely be requires, and caution should be used when doing so.
The Benriner Japanese Mandolin has a maximum slicing width of 6.5cm. Also available is the Super Benriner which has a maximum width of 9.5cm (however this has a maximum slicing thickness of 3mm).