pulln slice Mandolin
When I saw this demonstrated at a recent event I thought it was interesting and worth looking at myself, after all a lot of things look great when used by a professional, they are less good when used in the home.
The first time I used it I was amazed I cut apple slices so thin that you could see through them, OK interesting but not a lot of use as who really wants apple slices that thin.
Next I adjusted the thickness and cut a slightly over ripe tomato anyone who has tried to slice these know don’t go to thin or you just get mush, well I think my slices were at least twice as thin as I could get with a sharp knife.
The base is 26x12x11cm, the cutting fitment fits inside that and is 38cm long. Anything up to 10cm across will fit in the top of the unit and then you can fit the pusher/guard on top of that but I used it a lot of the time without the guard. At this point you probably think I am mad – you might be right – but many many years ago I trained as a chef and I sliced into more than one finger, the chances of doing that here are tiny.
Remember what I said at the start you pull the cutter towards you, your hand is on top and only hold down whatever you are slicing etc. Yes if you are getting very near the end it makes sense to put the guard in place.
If you watch a chef say slicing an onion he is quick but he never does that last slice.
There are five levels of thickness 0 to 4, 0 gives the slices you can see through.
There is a second blade that replaces the one in place when you unpack the unit this ‘V’ shaped blade can do French fries.
Everything is washable as it is all plastic apart from the blades that are stainless steel and the gap between the plastic and the blade is a good millimetre so running water should clean it easily so no need to touch it. Both blades stay in the plastic sleeves.
So if you are slicing, julienning, dicing or making straw chips this can do the job, quicker and safer than any knife. The box talks of 1/16, 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4inch thicknesses. Best of all every slice will be the same thickness as the one before or the one after.
Another safety measure is that the unit is angled away from you with more than 3cm difference from front to back. There is 7cm of space under the centre part of the slide to keep a good pile of whatever you are dealing with.
The instruction manual has 18 pages in English with lots of illustrations and full instructions on how to produce different cuts and even how to change blades.
This is a very useful item that would get used and not just sit in the back of a cupboard. Best of all guests will be amazed as to how you got everything so uniform.
The pull’n slice mandolin is available from Lakeland stores or from their website for £39.99 with free delivery.
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