Tuesday Tool: Hand Mandolin

 microplane hand mandolin

I admit to a fetish for kitchen equipment. I reason with myself that I’m not a big collector of many things, kitchen items are useful, make my life easier, help to make delicious food for the people I love…the rationalization can go on and on. So, my lust items are kitchen equipment and amazing shoes— there, full confession (OK, I have a little thing for Justin Timberlake, too).

Consider this hand mandolin the Louboutin of the kitchen gadget world- it makes slicing a sleek, sexy breeze.  I love it.  If you have a garden or are a farmers market regular, this mandolin is brilliant. You can shave slices of virtually any vegetable, drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and some herbs and you’re set for the table— just like that.

I like this Microplane adjustable mandolin, in particular, because of its sturdiness. Some of the smaller hand models in my opinion don’t offer enough support and aren’t as sharp. It’s a snap to adjust for thicker or thinner slices. For four years this has held residency in my kitchen and has never failed me.

vegetable slicer


A few techniques for using a mandolin:

Slant it sideways to slice uniform ovals.

Turn it on its side for ribbons.

Hold perpendicular to cut perfect circles.

The mandolin was the secret to making this easy summer salad,oven fried potato chips and  zucchini ribbons


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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Tool: Hand Mandolin”

Thanks so much for your good ideas and recipes, and also providing links, awesome!

Thanks for again giving a great tip, recipes and the advertisement for Microplane, Made in my home state of Arkansas!! I have their hand zester. It’s great. My first one broke,probably an error on my part, So I e-mailed Microplane, sent a picture of my broken one and Walah… New and better Zester! So, great customer service too. This mandoline and their herb cutter are on “next to buy list.”

Hi Valerie – nice to stop by!! I have a mandoline I adore. It’s not a fancy one but it’s incredibly light, easy to use and disassembles to go into the dishwasher!! I can’t tell you how often I use it and have bought them as gifts for relatives and friends as it is so reasonable. It is German made by a company named GSD and has interchangeable inserts for grating and slicing. I believe you can find it on Amazon.

Hi!!! How are things out east? Your mandolin sounds a lot easier that the traditional ones I have wrestled with in my kitchen.

Thanks for the tip and for stopping by!

Hi Valerie,
LOVE your site:) Any chance you could do a quick video to demo your mandolin? It looks too simple to be true – ha! I have a mandolin slicer that is so cumbersome. I love all my microplane gadgets, so I know this will be great. I’d just love to see it in action.

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