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    Default Mandoline advice, please

    I'm looking to buy a mandoline. Amazon has a bewildering assortment of styles and prices. I'd be using it mainly to slice cucumbers, summer squash, sweet potatoes. Any recommendations? Is it really a timesaver?
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    Default Re: Mandoline advice, please

    I don't have advice about a mandoline...
    I got an Excalibur Food Dehydrator and needed something to thinly slice veggies.
    A dear friend sent me this and I am having a blast with it:
    http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-.../dp/B0007Y9WHQ

    Here is a video on how it works:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YP-eOs2Ew2A

    Mellow and I both have it and really love it.

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    Default Re: Mandoline advice, please

    That looks like fun, and I can see lots of practical applications, but it's not the object I had in mind. I slice a lot of crookneck and zucchini squash for sautéing in summer, and I slice of lot of cucumbers for pickles. The food processor is less than ideal and hand slicing with a knife takes forever + one day. What I'm hoping to find it's a device that will slice cucumber-shaped vegetables uniformly and quickly.

    My daughter may have solved the problem, though. She claims she has a mandoline that has never been used and would be happy to mail it to me. Ironically, I just left Brooklyn a couple of days ago with plenty of room in my suitcase... Further advice and suggestions welcome, of course!
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    Default Re: Mandoline advice, please

    Mandolines are great if they are very sharp and expensive. I have had some but I am not the most coordinated person in the world and was constantly seriously cutting myself. They also don't work that well on softer tomatoes and other things that are fairly soft. For what you want it for however, I think a mandoline would work great. Definitely a time saver and much easier to clean than a food processor. I've tried various mandolines and the most expensive one, I think it was Kitchen Aid or Oxo, was the only one that really worked well. The cheap don't work that great, at least not for me. I now have a spiralizer too like Reesacat and I am having so much fun with it.

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    Default Re: Mandoline advice, please

    Well, I hope the one my daughter has that was never out of the box is priceless, because she is promising to send it to me. Thanks for the useful information!
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