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Someone has to understand: Benriner Turning Slicer

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Ok, so I wanted one of these badly. Then I was reading Happy in the Kitchen (M Richard) which only made it worse! Then, the day after talking about this great desire for such a gadget, I was at Home Hardware with my husband looking for something completely other and I wandered into the the kitchen area (of course) and found a clearance shelf (of course) and there covered in dust admist the discounted crap was a Benriner Turning Slicer. It was marked 60% off the old Canadian price of $139. I was stoked. The cheapest I've found these online was $89 plus shipping and customs to Canada. I asked about the box and other two blades (it just had the fine shred installed) but nothing could be found - no one at the hardware store had a clue what this was. They offered to sell it to me for $25.

I was giddy!!!!

Took it to my chef friend's house and we made the potato baskets from Happy in the Kitchen and sat there and looked at it with smiles on our faces.

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  1. I do understand, but I want the fancier version from JB Prince that can make a metre-long sheet of daikon.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Metre-long sheet of daikon!!??? Egads. (I even have daikon in the fridge...hmmm)

      I needed understanding because my husband just sort of looked at me jumping around giddy and squealing. He gets it, but just not the extent of how marvelous a turning slicer can be.

    2. dani, I was curious how it looks so googled. Looks great.
      http://blog.foodienyc.com/2007/02/pot...
      Last month I paid $50 for my super Benriner (sigh).
      I am interested in Happy in the Kitchen. How do you like the book?

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      1. re: hobbybaker

        I want a Super Benriner, too. I have a cheapo v-slicer that does the trick (just slicing, though, no extra blades) and my sister promised me the Super for a present, so I'm waiting for that.

        Thanks for the link. It's a pity the photo has an "off" white balance and is slightly dark, because it doesn't really show off the golden beauty of the potato basket.

        Here's a link with a shot of the veg turner in action:
        http://www.latartinegourmande.com/200...

        Happy in the Kitchen is fascinating. I just have it on interlibrary loan from the library right now, so not near long enough to fully read it. Richard seems like someone who would be a total joy to be around - he's just so freaking excited about food and yet isn't ashamed to admit his love for things like burgers and Kit Kats. He started out as a Parisian pastry chef and after being established at that, made the crazy leap to savory chef. He brings this creative thought and precision to savory cooking that is amazing. I'm trying to read it, as well as Charcuterie and Live to Cook at the same time. All superb.

      2. Oh my, I am doing the happy dance just like you did. Just bought the Benriner Cook's Help and it changed my life with the first application. I did gorgeous zucchini and parsnip mock pasta and beautiful purple yam threads lightly steamed in the Thermomix with a gado gado sauce over top. The parsnip strands look JUST like spagetti and I fooled even myself ;)

        I'm not a raw foodist, but this machine might just sway me a bit in that direction. Love it, LOVE IT. (and yes, you CAN get metre-long angel's hair threads from this one.) Going out to buy a daikon right now!

        1. Can someone tell me the difference between the Benriner Cook Helper Slicer (Model BN7) and the Benriner Cook Help (not Helper) Spiral Slicer (Model EK_300857)? Amazon has both, different model numbers, slightly different prices, pictures seem to be identical? On Ming Tsai's website, it says the store sells Cook Helper Slicer but the accompanying photo of the box says Cook Help. I'm confused. Maybe one is a slightly older model.

          1. When I was a caterer, I would turn scarlet watermelon radishes into curlicued ribbons so orchid-like & beautiful that guests occasionally plucked one from the platter & wore it as a lei. Carrot-phobic children devoured carrots transformed by this wondrous machine. (It's not just the visual beauty, it's the delicate crunch of thinly planed carrots). I gave up my most of my tools when I quit the biz, but I still have a twiddler, as my crew & I called it. As for the vegetable sheeter at JB Prince--the first time I saw it, I went weak in the knees. I knew if I bought one, it would be the end of all reason; I wouldn't sleep until I'd made a cucumber fiber sweater.

            1. Must.Get.One...