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Zyliss Mandoline Slicer

Sometimes we all feel like we need a little help in the kitchen, or at the very least a few more minutes in the day to get everything done! We started The Waki way as a way of simplifying our lives but that doesn't mean that my everyday tasks are easier in any way – if I had the space and power available I'd buy myself a food processor in a heartbeat but alas we don't!


When you cook lots of meals from scratch the prep work seems to go on forever, some meals require an incredible amount of chopping and slicing. For some recipes I've literally found myself standing at the chopping board for a good half an hour, time that I've now reduced to a much improved 10 minutes with my new kitchen best friend – the Zyliss mandoline slicer! What do I do with the time I save? Generally it gives me 20 mins more writing time to devote to you lovely people! Or I continue slicing (I find it surprisingly satisfying to use!) and get tomorrows lunch or dinner sorted as well, saving me even more time and less clean up to do tomorrow... 


I chose this particular model due to it's compactness and on reading some good reviews but there are plenty of other versions out there if you have different needs, of course I can only report on the one I own. This Zyliss model has 3 thickness settings and a pop up set of julienne blades which gives you a few more cutting options in the one tool. Don't expect perfect matchsticks from the julienne blades on this slicer as they are spaced quite far apart, still it's gets close enough to keep me happy – there's so much more to life than spending 5 whole minutes of it at a time painstakingly cutting one carrot! ;)


I love that it saves me a massive amount of vegetable preparation time, it's very easy to clean, and best of all it now allows me to make super-fine and, most importantly, equal slices of things for home-made crisps, dried apple and mango snacks, gratins, delicate shredded salads or coleslaw... you get the point. It also makes it a much cleaner affair to cut things like beetroot and tomatoes.


One word of warning however, sooner or later you WILL likely lose a patch of skin to it! Trust me when I say that mandolines really do need to be treated with a great deal of respect as they are extremely sharp instruments, and your fingers are softer than carrots... Of course this is coming from the experience of mine nipping the tip of my middle finger, it rather impressively took a section clean off leaving me with a fascinating glimpse into the differing dermal and epidermal layers of my fingers along with an interesting serrated pattern from the blade! Luckily for me it was only a tiny patch and it's since healed up evenly – at the time I really thought I was going to have a flat top to my finger forever! I was extremely careful with it for the first few uses, then inevitably became complacent and slightly distracted whilst slicing a leek and before I realised that I was even getting close to the blade it was too late. For goodness' sake, use the provided hand guard wherever you can and if the shape of the vegetable won't allow it go slow! There, you have been warned – now off you pop and get yourself that help in the kitchen! ;)

Buy the Zyliss mandoline on Amazon now!

Buy the Zyliss mandoline on Amazon now!



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Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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