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 As an aside, I think that whole list might need to be redone, it is looking a touch out of date.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!
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.