Benriner Vegetable Slicer Off White (Old Version)
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When I first got this mandoline, I was as disappointed with the finger guard as many other people. It simply doesn't work. Plus it takes too much muscles and elbow grease to get the job done, because of the awkward ergonomics of angled motion. On the bright side, the blades are all razor sharp. So the slicer itself is still a keeper. I researched a bit on the Internet and saw people use those cut proof gloves. Yes they are awesome and keep you safe. But for the fellow minimalists out there, here's what you need --
As ridiculous as it sounds, this is all you need. Just stab a stainless steel fork onto the top part of whatever you're slicing, have those fork teeth parallel to the blade, and start rolling! (As opposed to positioning on the side of the veggies when using the default finger guard, you want to insert the fork on the top. Say you're slicing a carrot, you would leave the fork into where the leafy part of the plant goes. I should have took a picture to make this easier but oh well...) It's so much easier, faster and safer. Angle the fork smartly and you'll get a metal shield from the natural curve of the fork. And it requires so much less strength. I mean, if a 5'3 110lbs Asian girl can do it, I don't see any reason you can't.
*** Size doesn't always matter ***
Some people mention the size of the mandoline. I haven't found this to be an issue. American vegetables are notoriously large in size. But you can always cut things in half to fit the working area. Especially for veggies like cabbage and onion, they are going to be in slices or strips or ribbons anyway. I've julienned half of a medium sized butternut squash (pictured) without any problem.
*** Mandoline vs spiralizer vs food processor ***
If you want to make things like zucchini noodles, this mandoline is proved to work well. You will get straight noodles instead of curly spaghetti, which could be great depending on your preference. Plus you could do a lot of other stuff with this slicer. Chips, paper thin ribbons, lasagna sheets, you name it. Spiralizers look a little stupid anyway... Food processor is another workhorse in the kitchen. But it doesn't julienne veggies as beautifully as a mandoline or a spiralizer. The match sticks tend to be shorter...than a match stick.
*** Waste ***
Yeah there will be a little chuck that won't go into the blade at the end. It's more wasteful compared to using a knife. But it doesn't bother me that much as I get so much out of the slicer already. Plus you run into the same problem with a food processor as well.
This is a simple machine with infinite thickness adjustments from it max thickness all the way down to zero; note I said infinite! No presets...just turn two adjusting knobs on the bottom to the desired thickness. In my case...thinness is what I'm looking for. I do a dish with sweet potatoes and they must be sliced very thin; about the equivalent of a couple of sheets of printing paper...thin! Since the two knobs work independent of each other, each controlling each side of tray, it takes a little looking to get both of them adjusted evenly; once you know they are even, just turn both knobs the same amount and all is well.
As my confidence increased...I kept cutting thinner and thinner; to the point of being able to see through the sweet potato. OK... I'm sold! I played with the julienne attachments and found them to work well. Other reviews have mentioned the poor design of the blade guard/food holder; I have to agree that it is below par compared to the unit itself. But, that is not a deal breaker since I seldom use a guard anyway. Please note...the blade is SHARP and I like the fact that I can remove the blade and touch it up on my steel to maintain that razor sharp edge.
There is no built in stand or anything to help old the unit up. I found it worked best over a silicone rimmed bowl (the silicone kept it from sliding around while in use). There is no place, internally to store the accessory blades. This unit is not burdened with a lot of junk features and the basic design and easy cleaning is just what I was looking for...plus that super thin slicing capability!
This past weekend I used it to shred some cabbage for cole-slaw. It worked well and again i was pleased. It took me about 2 minutes to shred the entire head. Very pleased!
A maintenance note. When washing...habit would dictate to scrub up and down the cutting ramp with your brush or sponge. Please don't do this! Only stroke it backward over the cutting edge. This will keep you from causing any unnecessary damage to the edge as well as your cleaning tool.
I like it, I'm sold on it and am happy to say it is the best lightweight mandolin I have ever used! Highly recommended!
Our Benriner has been used a lot. I knew the day would come when the cutting edge would begin to lose it sharpness. Rubbing my finger across the edge, it was obvious the edge had curled a bit (this is normal and what happens to knives). I use a steel to clean up the edges on all my knives (If you don't know what a steel is, please read below). I removed the cutting blade and using my honing steel removed the burr or curl from the edge. In less than a minute, my cutting edge was, once again, super sharp. We have started dehydrating fruits and slicing through the core and seeds of apples and pears does cause damage to the cutting edge. I do wish that it would slice a bit thicker than it does, BUT...I originally purchased this because of its ability to be able to slice very thin...which it does amazingly well. I remain very happy with my purchase.
What is a steel?
A honing steel, sometimes referred to as sharpening steel, sharpening stick, sharpening rod, butcher's steel, and chef's steel is a rod of steel, ceramic or diamond coated steel used to realign blade edges. They are flat, oval, or round in cross-section and up to one foot long.
just fine. One could probably go to a hardware store and pick some up if desired. It produces awesome juliene slices. The
key is to place the slicer on a bowl. Do not hold it angled. Let the pieces fall using gravity into the bowl, otherwise, it will
stick to the slicer and you will have hard time retrieving them. Also, the safety handler is only useful if the slicer is placed horizontal on the bowl, otherwise, the food is just going to fall off it making it useless. I do not think it was designed to be held at angel like many are using it for. If you have the food placed on the slicer with the slicer placed firmly on the bowl, it works pretty good.