I’m bad with a knife. I don’t hold a knife properly (I don’t even know what properly is, I just know it’s not the full-fist, rigid death-grip I keep on my knife), and I can’t cut something into even slices to save my life. Given these shortcomings, I was beyond pleased when OXO offered me the opportunity to try their Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer. Since it’s the 12th day of the month, you may have guessed that not only did OXO provide a Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer for me to review, but they also provided a second Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer to share with one lucky reader!
I have wanted a mandoline for quite some time, and I always pictured the mandoline as a tool that sat on the counter and required nothing from me other than an object to slice. That said, I was a bit apprehensive about the “hand-held” aspect of OXO’s mandoline. I know my shortcomings, and sadly, coordination is not one of my strengths. I simply did not trust myself to hold the mandoline steady with one hand and slice with the other. My fears were quickly allayed as the non-slip handle was comfortable and easy to hold, and the non-slip foot stayed in place no matter the force I applied.
Provided my issues with coordination, working with a sharp mandoline blade also presented safety issues. OXO’s Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer comes with a holder to secure the food in place across the top of the mandoline while simultaneously keeping the hands and fingers safe. The holder also sits on the madoline to protect the blade when not in use. In addition, the Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer is light-weight, easy to clean (dishwasher safe), and fits nicely over a cutting board, plate, or even a bowl. The hand-held aspect of the mandoline makes it slightly more compact than similar mandolines and easy to store, which is a much appreciated feature for anyone who has a tiny kitchen like me.
The Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer offers thin, medium, and thick slices, and there is no need to change blades between thicknesses. Though this means the tool cuts only flat slices, the ease of use far outweighs the options (like crinkle-cuts) that come with switching blades. The slicing adjustment moves very smoothly along the slide of the board, requiring no more than slight pressure from the thumb to switch between one of the three thicknesses. To learn even more about the OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer and view a video of it in action, click to visit OXO’s site.
As a cook, an OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer is a great tool to use when slicing vegetables. I am looking forward to using my hand-held mandoline slicer on some potatoes, and I see homemade chips and au gratins in the near future! As a baker, the hand-held mandoline slicer will be perfect for slicing fruits for the tarts and gallettes I am determined to try this year.
To enter to win – this giveaway is now closed – your own OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer, leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your favorite OXO product or the dish you will make if you win the mandoline. To earn additional entries, you can Like, Share, and Tweet about Love & Flour, OXO, and the giveaway.
Now for the fine print. OXO provided the Hand-Held Mandoline Slicers at no charge to me, but the review is exclusively my own. This giveaway will end at 1201 a.m. EST on April 19, so be sure to comment, like, or tweet prior to that time for a chance to win. Apologies to international readers, as this giveaway is only open to readers with a shipping address in the United States. The winner will be chosen via my use of Rafflecopter and notified via email and/or announced in a blog post within 72 hours of the giveaway’s end.
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