Belated Blogaversary: VPower Slicer (giveaway)

For the 5th giveaway celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Kitchen Gadget Girl, I am pleased to present one of my favorite go-to tools in the kitchen, the Börner V-Slicer food preparation gadget.

A billion years ago, I bought my first V-Slicer Mandoline from Börner and use it at least 2-3 times a week, mostly to prepare vegetables for salad and sauté. It is the ideal tool for producing uniformly sliced food, which is handy to ensure even cooking times, or make your salads look fancy. Fennel is great sliced thin with the V-Slicer and tossed with greens and citrus. Or thin sliced potatoes to make a Pommes Anna. Or even thin tomatoes and onions for burgers.

I used to think this tool was a nicety, rather than a necessity, but since I use it so often, I am moving it up in the list of top 10 kitchen tools. As an aside, I think that whole list might need to be redone, it is looking a touch out of date. Next week.

Börner has come out with a new version of V-Slicer, great for the home cook, the V-Power (watch the slicing video, it is pretty cool). Besides coming in 3 fun colors, plus white, it has rounded edges, built-in safety features and offers 10 different cuts from 3 blades. In testing over the last two weeks, I found myself mostly using the slicing blade and easily adjusting it to my desired slicing thickness. Worked great for a cucumber and red onion salad, kohlrabi slices for green salad, and sliced carrots for pickling. When I was done, before washing, I would click the blade into the safety position and wash with warm soapy water.

I also tried out the julienne blade, which was great for a kohlrabi slaw, and if you give the safety holder a twist as you run the vegetable through, you can get a very even dice.

NOW, THE CONTEST!

There is a V-Power slicer with your name all over it. To enter, follow the Rafflecopter instructions, easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Small print: One entry per person. Be sure to include your email address (which is not visible on the blog) so that I can contact you if you win. Sweepstakes runs from June 12 – 16 at 12midnight, winner announced on Monday, June 17. Winners have 48 hours to respond before the next winner is announced. Winner will be selected from all winning Rafflecopter entries. Open to residents of the United States only, 18 years and older. 

Disclosure: I contacted Swissmar about partnering together on my 5th Blogaversary giveaway extravaganza. They sent me a V-Power to review; as mentioned above, I already own the original V-Slicer. All opinions are my own.

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27 Comments

  1. Mihaela D.
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    a pineapple for a fruit salad :)

  2. Sue Ellison
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Tomatoes, they needed to be sliced evenly, drizzled in olive oil, topped with Parmesan and baked in the oven.

  3. Rebecca Graham
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I have always had trouble slicing a pineapple for salads and just to eat by itself.

  4. Renee G
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I have trouble slicing tomatoes — they always end up more as smashed tomatoes.

  5. Deb C
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Cheese it impossible for me to slice evenly and neatly. I tried to slice cheese from a small block for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. What a mess.

  6. Rosanne
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I always find tomatoes difficult to slice

  7. Valerie Mabrey
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    salami for sandwiches
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  8. karen b
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    tomatoes are terrible to slice, I was making a layered swiss steak with sliced tomatoe and green peppers and onions, very messy.

    karenb834atyahoo.com

  9. Julie Harris
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I am not a big fan of tomatoes but from time to time I love a good BLT, but only if the tomatoes are very thinly sliced, maybe my I need a sharper knife but its always a complete mess when I try to make my own BLT

  10. Richard Hicks
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    tomatoes are always hard for me. Usually use them for burgers and sandwiches

  11. David
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a unique item, but the most difficult item to slice is always at the end. With cheese, for instance, if you are hand grating it, you always come to a walnut sized nugget that risks grating your knuckles to polish it off. I usually give that piece to the kids to eat.

  12. Linda Lansford
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    eggplant is tough

  13. Erica
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I always find tomatoes to be difficult! It always gets way too messy and the seeds spread everywhere.

  14. Katherine
    Twitter: mkjmc
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    onions I cry every time

  15. Mer
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m lucky enough to have a very productive garden, but I’ve thought about decreasing the tomato plants just because I hate slicing them so much! The absolute worst was when I was hosting a bbq and slicing up tomatoes for garnish. No matter what I tried I couldn’t get them looking decent.

  16. Tamar
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    The most difficult and yet so easy thing to slice was my finger.

    yeah.

  17. Patricia Wojnar Crow
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I had trouble slicing potatoes for homemade chips…too hard to get even thickness!

  18. joni
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I have the most trouble slicing almonds. I end up chopping them up instead for desserts and salads.

  19. Mary Beth Elderton
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Slicing tomatoes into uniform slices–I just never quite get it right.

  20. tim
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Chickory root for a soup

  21. Vikki Billings
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Tomatoes are the hardest for me to cut, it never fails I get tomato gets all over me.

  22. Karrie Millheim
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I always have a problem with cheese

  23. Laurie Emerson
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I had to slice a pineapple for a pineapple bow. I think I probably sliced my finger more than the pineapple and ended up getting a new pineapple.

  24. Sand
    Twitter: Atreau
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Thinly sliced potatoes for potatoes au gratin.

  25. Ellie W
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Turnips for a stew recipe. It was the first and last time I’ve used turnips in a recipe.

  26. Suzie Williams
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Green pepper for stir fry. I stink at slicing them and usually butcher them.

  27. Samii Meyer
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Carrots! They fly all over the place when I try to slice them- I was slicing them to make homemade chicken noodle soup

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