I'm a member of the OXO Blogger Outreach Program and was super-excited when I was chosen to review the OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer. I've wanted a mandoline for so long, but could never decide which one to buy. I was even more excited when I opened the package and saw that in addition to the mandoline that they sent to me - they included another to give to one of my readers!
Sadly, I've been in the process of moving for the last few weeks so I haven't had a chance to use it as much as I've wanted, but one of the recipes that I was excited to try first was baked potato chips! I can't really call it a recipe, because I just sliced up some potatoes on the thinnest setting, sprayed them with the oil mister and sprinkled them with a variety of seasonings. When it comes to spices, I just grab and shake, so I don't really know exactly what I used. I spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and baked at 400 degrees until they started to brown. I flipped them over using a fork and cooked until the other side was browned. They were excellent! I've also used the mandoline slicer a few times to slice up peppers and I'm so excited to slice up turnips for turnip chips and au gratin once they are in season.
The mandoline slicer has 3 levels of thickness, though the thickest isn't as thick as I'd prefer. That's not a big deal because I can just use a knife it I want it that thick. Thinner is so much hard with a knife. Once I got the hang of using the food holder to protect myself from the blades, it was simple. I'm prone to cutting myself with a knife as it is, so I'll definitely be using this with the food holder - those blades are SHARP! The food holder also slides over the blades for storage, which is key for protection. You can use the slicer angled on a plate or cutting board like I did below, or you can hook the foot over a bowl and slice into the bowl.
Like I mentioned, I haven't had an opportunity to use this with very many vegetables yet, but it worked great for potatoes and peppers!
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