A good deal of the joy of cooking comes from the aesthetic pleasures of having the right tools. The perfect pair of scissors, the right knife, a solid mortar and pestle… And right up there on the list for us is a mandolin. (Whenever we say mandolin, at least half the FoodShed says ‘queue the banjo music and call up Dolly Parton!’) But as much as we love Dolly, we actually mean this:
Yes, one of our favorite kitchen tools is the mandolin. Now, you can buy fancy mandolins for lots of money. Or, you can head down to a big Asian market like Uwajimaya and buy a mandolin like this one, for very inexpensive. We probably spent less than $20 on this one.
The interchangeable blades make short work of all kinds of slicing and shredding jobs, and it’s super easy to clean. We use this all the time – most recently, on Swiss Chard Potato Cakes.
What are some of your favorite kitchen and garden tools? Tell us, do, in the comments below!