Does anyone know where to get a decent mandoline? I see that gourmet warehouse has some, anywhere else to look? I'm in Abbotsford but a trip to Vancouver is not a problem.
Also looking for general advice as I've never bought one of these before. It's a gift and I know my friend isn't looking for anything serious but I'd like to get something decent.
Thanks for any words of wisdom :)
I've had this one for the past several years:
It's great and super easy to use and clean -- I use it almost daily. It's starting to get dull though, so I'm going to replace it with this adjustable version:
I also have a big DeBuyer that I bought before I knew about the above ones -- an older version of this one:
It's good for big-volume veg slicing for gratins and onion soup, but it's tricky to use, a pain to set up (and clean up), and pretty bulky to store. I never would have bought it had I known about the smaller ones. In fact, I think I'm going to put it on craigslist.
As this board has taught me well, never assume something is generally of poor quality based on just one person's bad experience, but if something pops up on this board in a recurring manner, take heed! Ok, here's one bad experience with a Matfer with exoglass frame. The regular blade is fine and easy to use. The whole thing is easy to work with and easy to clean. The
Julienne blades suck. They insert into the side, and obviously the slot was put in about 1 mm off. Things that are supposed to have been julienned are cut not quite through. Whatever you get, I highly recommend a Kevlar glove. Pushers are generally IMHO hard to use.
Kyoceras mentioned above are slicers only. To me a true mandoline has interchangeable blades so can julienne and slice and usually differing sizes. It does take up more storage space. Also, really heed the kevlar glove recommendations. These things are SO dangerous. I find I don't use mine very often because I'm scared of it. And they do not work for sweet potatoes. You have to push so hard it is terrifying.
I have an OXO mandoline, and I hate it. The blades just aren't sharp enough to work well, and the design is - uncharacteristically for OXO - poor. I think they might have redesigned it since I got it in 2008, but I'd probably steer clear. (I like all of OXO's other products; the mandoline seems to be the one stinker in the bunch.)
And I heartily agree about getting a cut-resistant glove with it. I usually use a hand towel, but even with that you run the risk of a bad cut. If I was giving it as a gift I wouldn't want that risk on my conscience...
I have a Börner (AKA Boerner) V-slicer which has a very well-designed safety guard. It does thin slices, thicker slices, and both thin julienne and batons. I've used it quite a bit for probably close to 10 yrs. and it is still razor-sharp. I only nicked myself, slightly, once, and that was my fault for thinking I could do without the safety guard.