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Bill Spohn

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Mandolin

by Bill Spohn » Thu May 16, 2013 2:04 pm

I am currently walking around with a prominent large dressing on my thumb (yeah, stupid, I know) from a mandolin accident (she stopped just a couple of slices short and had tossed the guard in the sink, so what's the harm in doing two more 'free hand'....), and we discovered that thumb is not a good component of fritata.

As a result, I am explaining my stupidity several times a day to clients that can't help noticing my dressing, or hearing my 'Ow!" when I forget and hit the space bar with that thumb. I thought one response might amuse you.

Question: Oh, what did you do to your hand?
Answer: It was a mandolin mishap.
Response: I didn't realize you were musical!......
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Re: Mandolin

by Carl Eppig » Thu May 16, 2013 2:10 pm

True Love doesn't let me use ours. The scars on my fingers tell the story. We still use it a lot, particularly when we need a lot of thinly sliced potatoes.
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Re: Mandolin

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu May 16, 2013 3:07 pm

Indeed, both kinds of mandolin can be a weapon if you use them improperly.... :shock:
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Re: Mandolin

by Karen/NoCA » Thu May 16, 2013 5:48 pm

Sorry for the mishap Bill. Those things scare me, just looking at them. I always use my finger guard, from the start of beginning the slicing process. There is just something about slicing off a piece of one's digit and it flies into the food. You can't find it, and even if you do find it....well you know the rest of the story. :oops: Been there and it is not fun.
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Re: Mandolin

by Frank Deis » Thu May 16, 2013 7:22 pm

I bought a really nice box grater, and I use the "one blade" side more or less as a mandoline. But there's no guard. So I bought this cut resistant glove from Williams Sonoma. Have not used it yet but I'm glad it's there in the pantry...

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/microplane-cut-resistant-glove/?pkey=e%7Cglove%7C10%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C6&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

PS this is the grater, also from W-S, which I really like

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/microplane-box-grater/?pkey=e%7Cbox%2Bgrater%7C2%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-
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Re: Mandolin

by Mike Filigenzi » Thu May 16, 2013 10:51 pm

I've seen those graters, Frank, and they indeed look great. Given that we have several cheapie box graters, a range of Microplanes, and a mandolin, I have yet to justify getting one. One of these days, though.....
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Re: Mandolin

by Dale Williams » Thu May 16, 2013 11:22 pm

I try to use the hand guard/guide, but if it gets close and I need more tactile control I use a mesh glove (it's good for shucking oysters as well)
For the mandolin, I suggest this (see about 1:30)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T4SaNuxZO8
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Re: Mandolin

by Paul Winalski » Fri May 17, 2013 1:59 am

Oh, yes.

I love my mandolin. I consider it indispensable for dishes such as Sichuan stir-fried shredded beef with celery and carrots. Yes--one with sufficient skill and patience could shred the vegetables with a Chinese cleaver. I don't have that patience. The mandolin does the job with a fraction of the effort and time. But I've put a lot of scores into my thumb/forefingers (blood sometimes being drawn) while using it.

I've always found that using the guard just doesn't cut it (so to speak). So I use my mandolin unguarded. I think I need to get one of those steel-mesh gloves.

But I've found that the excellent result has always justified the temporary scarring of my thumbs.

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