Instant Expert: Meet the Mandoline
In honor of all things French (hey, Paris Fashion Week has influenced us in every way), we want to introduce you to the mandoline. Sure, it's fancy-sounding, but this kitchen tool isn't tough to use. Well, unless you get it confused with the musical instrument — a mandolin.
What it is: You know when you see perfect slices of fruits and veggies in a restaurant? Yeah, a mandoline does that. It can have a straight edge or a v-blade (like the one in the pic, above). A mandoline helps you cut up the ingredients for dinner without putting in too much effort.
Where to buy: You can pick one up just about anywhere — from Williams-Sonoma to Target. It needs to be durable enough to handle a whole lot of root vegetables while still maintaining its ability to cut soft fruit like tomatoes. And make sure it has a secure hand guard that you ALWAYS use to protect your fingers. Mandoline blades are extremely sharp — you don't want your hand to slip!
A mandoline to try: The OXO one pictured above comes with four blades and a textured surface to prevent food from sticking to the tool.
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