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Slicing Ginger for Pickling

mamaciita Oct 7, 2007 02:09 PM

We have a new addiction on our house since I started making pickled ginger. I'm having a horrible time getting nice, thin, uniform slices, though. What's the best method for slicing?

Is there a gadget made especially for slicing ginger (seems like I've seen one somewhere. . .)? I do not have a mandoline, but I might buy one if it will work for ginger slicing.

  1. bitsubeats Oct 7, 2007 04:12 PM

    you could buy a truffle slicer from williams and sonoma

    I'm sure the japanese use those mandolins that are relatively cheap. My mother bought one back in the 70's and it still works to this day. It's plastic with very very sharp blades.

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    1. re: bitsubeats
      MikeG Oct 8, 2007 02:52 AM

      For the price of an (otherwise almost useless) truffle slicer, definitely go for the Benriner slicer/mandoline. The wider ones are a bit more expensive but also more versatile.

      Otherwise, sharpen your knives and practice, man, practice. ;)

      1. re: MikeG
        MMRuth Oct 8, 2007 03:48 AM

        I actually use my truffle slicer for a number of things, including slicing garlic into paper thin slices for vongole.

    2. Judy Loves Entertaining Oct 7, 2007 04:16 PM

      I use a mondolin that my sister bought me from Williams-Sonoma for a wedding gift. It is the best thing in the world for thin slicing things (cucumbers, onions, ginger etc)

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      1. re: Judy Loves Entertaining
        Alice Letseat Oct 7, 2007 06:16 PM

        Hoffritz makes a really great slicer - akin to a mandoline but positioned over a bowl - really nifty - and highly effective!

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