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Vegetable Slicers

Sunday, 28 February 2010 | Tags: ,

There are a number of task-specific tools and gadgets designed to help out in the kitchen. When it comes to slicing and dicing, you can choose anything from full-fledged food processors to small, manual devices. We take a look at handheld vegetable slicers to see which can slice the best and thinnest.

The Basics

  • Look for quality construction. The slicer should feel solid and – you can usually tell by the price tag. The cheaper versions likely won’t cut it – literally!

  • Many kitchen tools have multiple parts with several cracks and crevices where food gets stuck. Look for a slicer with a simple design and the fewest parts to clean, or else stick to a knife!

  • You may be tempted by extra attachments and accompanying gadgets, but consider your kitchen storage space to avoid overstuffed cabinets and drawers.

Other Considerations

  • Choose heavier onions (they’ll be juicier) and make sure the papery skin is uniform. Avoid onions with skin blemishes or discolorations.

TEST CRITERIA

To thinly-slice 5 cups of yellow onions for a French Onion Soup recipe, we tried out three slicer appliances.

  • Trudeau Food Slicer (hand-crank): $16.98-25.98
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  • Benriner Japanese Mandoline**: $25.99
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  • Benriner Turning Slicer: $139.98
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(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

 

Slice Test

  • The Trudeau Food Slicer was inexpensive and better on softer veggies, but definitely not tough enough for bigger jobs. It didn’t hold up to our recipe’s onion-slicing needs. It also only sliced at one thickness with its non-adjustable blade. It is made of plastic and is dishwasher-safe.

  • The Benriner Japanese Mandoline has a fingerguard, which we were happy for since the blades are extremely sharp. With 3 interchangeable blades, we could do fine (for sashimi), medium (for sandwich toppings) and coarse slicing (veggie sticks, fries, sauteed vegetables). It’s also mainly plastic and is dishwasher-safe.

  • The Benriner Turning Slicer sliced like a charm, but we agreed that it’s definitely a lot more than we’d pay for a task-specific kitchen gadget. It is also plastic and dishwasher-safe.

OUR TOP PICK

For thinly-sliced onions, julienne veggies, and other great cuts, the mid-priced Benriner Japanese Mandoline** is our top pick.

 **SAFETY NOTE: Mandoline blades are extremely sharp. Please use caution at all times, even with the finger guard in place.**

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