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Old 09-13-2011, 05:41 PM   #11
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I used to have one of those plastic slicers years ago. I can't even remember the make. I only used it for shredding lettuce, so I tossed it at some point. I'm sure it wouldn't do the job of a nice mandolin. I've seen some paper thin slices from those things. I can slice a potato paper thin for potato chips with a knife, but probably not anything of size, like an eggplant.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:48 PM   #12
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If slicing is your primary use, the mandoline is the tool of choice. A FP does some things very well and also slices, but slicing is not it's primary use.
Andy, do you ever need to sharpen the blades on those? Do the better ones have a longer lasting blade or something that separates them, maybe a smoother sliding mechanism?
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #13
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food slicing is the only thing
+ needing to clean is also an important factor

egg plant?
erm... well this is one of the main items i need to slice
is there an issue slicing one of these?

how about peppers and tomatoes?

right now: using the knife
it takes AGES - a whole 20 minutes :)
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #14
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guys, thanks for the replies - seems a great forum :)

madolin? i think i'm convinced given the replies
is there any particular make that is better than others?
should i stay away from ebay and not buy the cheapest?

i had my head set on getting a food processor - happy i didn't now :)

thanks
The Oxxo that Andy mentioned looks like a nice one. Mine is a sturdy plastic one I got years ago from a kitchen store. It comes with 6 different blades along with a guard. Don't remember the brand.

Just remember to use the guard! These things can shred fingers very efficiently! (I know from experience...)
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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We're quite satisfied with our Benriner mandolin. It's easy to assemble, disassemble, adjust and clean. The finger guard is not too swift and I am considering the purchase of a safety glove to safeguard against finger slicing / shredding. I would consider buying their 5 X 13 model if it came with a better mechanism for holding items that put one's fingers in jeopardy.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:05 PM   #16
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food slicing is the only thing
+ needing to clean is also an important factor

egg plant?
erm... well this is one of the main items i need to slice
is there an issue slicing one of these?

how about peppers and tomatoes?

right now: using the knife
it takes AGES - a whole 20 minutes :)
From what I have seen there is no problem at all with a mandolin.
I was saying that if I had to use a knife to get a consistant, thin slice, that I probably could not do it. Not with something large like an eggplant. A mandolin would be perfect.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #17
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hmmm i'm in the uk
looking at amazon.co.uk - there aren't many good reviews
u have cheap ones - then u have really expensive ones
if i'm going to buy an expensive one - i might as well buy a food processor!
not sure what to do
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:39 PM   #18
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So, I'll throw in my vote also for mandolin (for just slicing veggies quickly and consistently). I recall "America's Test Kitchen's" pick was the OXO brand, in part because of the effectiveness of its V-shaped blade.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:14 PM   #19
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I have both a mandoline and a "salad shooter" and I use them both a lot. I've had a couple of food processors, but the one I have now doesn't work that well as a slicer. Maybe I like the salad shooter because it works the same as a hand cranked thing my mom had when I was growing up. Same basic set up, grating/slicing cones of different sizes. The mandoline I mostly use because we both like julienned vegetables, and nothing beats it for that.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #20
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I have had my eye on this one for a little while now.

And it can't be said too many times...Make sure to always use the guard.
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