Kitchen Confessional - The Mandolin Issue

It’s kitchen confessional time - I may or may not have a bit of a problem with shiny kitchen gadgets, the expensive kind.

For yeeeeaaaars, I’ve yelled at my mother about her need to buy every gadget known to man. A look in her kitchen cupboard looks like a who’s who of the as-seen-on-tv roster. She’s got food dehydrators, compact rotisserie bbqs, veg-o-matics, all kinds of food processors and slap choppers, deep fryers, juicers sandwich makers, yogurt makers, ice cream makers, and the list goes on and on.

The other day, Mark - my other half - accused me of having the same affliction as my mother, but I’m very different from her. Where mother likes quantity and doesn’t use half of what she buys, I only purchase high quality items, and I use them all the time.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been longing lusting looking at this de-Buyer Deluxe Dicing Mandoline at Williams-Sonoma, and I was pretty sure that I’d just convinced myself, that spending the $295 plus tax was necessary especially now that I’m taking Creative Plate Presentation at George Brown.  

Mandoline

DeBuyer Dicing Mandoline

More times than I care to admit, I’ve gone to the store, picked it up,  but before I could buy it, something’s always happened. So I have yet to get it. It’s really strange that I don’t have it, and I really don’t know why.  I know it’s not guilt over spending that kind of money for a gadget because I NEVAH think about that, much to the chagrin of my other half.

At the end of the last class, chef asked us to bring our mandolins to the next class because we would need to slice long strips of cucumber as part of our salad presentation. At that moment, it was as if the heavens opened God came down and said, “go forth and buy that mandoline!”

I was mentally jumping up and down with glee, when someone asked chef what kind of mandolin he used in his kitchen, and my heart just about broke when he mentioned a cheap, no-name brand. He said he doesn’t spend more than $30 - $40 on a mandolin, and that we should be using our knife skills to make our cuts and not rely on the mandolin. When I asked about my beloved deBuyer Mandolin, and he told me that I really didn't need to get something that expensve, his cheap mandolin could do everything that the expensive one does, at 10% of the cost. He then suggested that I may have gotten caught up with the marketing. 

What does he know?

So I went out and bought this KSP Professional Mandolin from Kitchen Stuff Plus. Two words - BIG MISTAKE!

KSP Mandolin

Kitchen Stuff Plus Professional Mandolin 

It cost $34.99, so it was within the price range that chef told us that we should spend, but I’m taking it back because it is difficult to use, and I can’t get the slices right they are either too thick or too thin. AND I sliced cut open my hand the first time that I used it.  So we are parting ways, and I’ll buy one of these two slicers instead.

 Oxo Hand Held Mandoline

Oxo Hand-Held Mandoline - $20.22

 

Oxo Mandolin

Oxo Mandolin Slicer - $69.99  

Stay tuned, the mandolin adventures continue! In the meantime, I’m gonna post a picture of the deBuyer on my vision board – don’t worry love, they’re not gonna keep us apart for too much longer.

After all, I am my mother's daughter.

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