Sent by Mary via TwitterEditor: A mandoline (or mandolin) is one of my favorite kitchen tools. It lets you slice vegetables very quickly and, more importantly, to an absolutely consistent thickness. There are some things (a fennel salad, for instance) that are very difficult to make without a mandolin.
I love my Benriner mandoline, and as it costs less than $20, it is also very inexpensive.
But it doesn't let you adjust the slicer to precise thicknesses (a more expensive mandoline gives you markings for 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch thicknesses, etcetera). It also isn't terribly safe. All mandolines are dangerous; that wicked-sharp blade and the speed at which you can slice are hazardous together. But the Benriner doesn't stabilize itself, and I feel it's extra dangerous.
Readers, do you have suggestions on mandoline buys? Any particular recommendations?
Related: Product Review: Benriner Mandoline
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