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Old 09-13-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Need advice slicing vegetables - what kind of machine should I buy?

My first post!
Can someone advise me on a machine that will slice vegetables for me

I want to oven cook them - and need different vegetables sliced at different thicknesses

I've searched for 'food slicer' on google
I see machines with a large round blade
OK, I'm sure this will do the job

But: I'm sure I've seen food processors that chop food
When I search for these, all I see is a blade at the bottom
This won't slice - it will just create loads of small pieces!

Apologies in advance if this is a dumb question!

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Old 09-13-2011, 03:15 PM   #2
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Some food processors have a slicing blade that you can swap out with that blade on the bottom. I don't like that for slicing as it's almost impossible to get uniform slices.

I recommend a mandoline. It's a veggie slicing tool with an adjustable (for slice thickness) blade. Some also have different blades for crinkle cuts etc.

OXO makes one that's pretty good. Amazon.com: OXO Good Grips Mandoline Slicer: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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I use my food processor with slicing blade and it gets it done pretty well. The tail end can end up chunky though.

We keep talking about getting a mandolin but haven't yet.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:26 PM   #4
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If you are determined to get something electric, I know some food processors have adjustable slicing blades. I'm pretty sure I remember Wolfgang Puck's model offers this feature in its slicing blades. Slicing blades replace the one you are saying you see in the pictures. They fit so the blade is at the top. I would second the mandolin (or a knife) though. You won't be limited nearly as much as the safety chute on a FP, which may require you to cut your veggies into smaller sizes to push them through.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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I have both, and prefer my mandolin for adjustability of thickness and uniform slices. I use my FP if I want the job done quickly, or if I have a lot to be sliced.

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Old 09-13-2011, 04:47 PM   #6
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I use an old plastic mandolin that cost about $13.00 twenty years ago.

Still sharp after all these years which is more than I can say for myself.

If you have children in your home do not buy one!

They are very dangerous.
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:56 PM   #7
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The more I see people using mandolins the more I wonder why the Ronco Slice-O-Matic seemed to get a bad rap Maybe it was in the way they advertised it. It slices. It dices.
I mean, they basically do the same thing, don't they?
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #8
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The more I see people using mandolins the more I wonder why the Ronco Slice-O-Matic seemed to get a bad rap Maybe it was in the way they advertised it. It slices. It dices.
I mean, they basically do the same thing, don't they?

When we were kids my sister and I bought our Mom a Ronco Veg-O-Matic for Mothers Day.

Years later she told us both what she thought of that present
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #9
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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 :)

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Old 09-13-2011, 05:37 PM   #10
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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.
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