Monday, August 31, 2009

My "New" Mandoline Slicer

Two weeks ago, a coworker of mine transferred from our D.C. office to our L.A. office. Over a couple of drinks (alright, a LOT of drinks) on her last day in DC, she was telling me how she hated the process of packing and moving. In response, I jokingly remarked: "Well, at least you don't have to pack the mandoline slicer that you said you were going to give me."

When I returned home from Nashville on Friday, I was greeted with a package sent from her. The package contained her old mandoline slicer! And here's my favorite part: she packed the slicer using pages torn from the escort and "massage" sections of the L.A. adult-oriented "entertainment" weekly, LA XPress. Hilarious!

She told me she was getting a new mandoline slicer - the one made by (I believe) OXO. The slicer she sent to me is made by Bron. What I like about the Bron slicer is that it's made of stainless steel and individual parts can be replaced. So, if the central cutting plate becomes dull, you can replace just that part, rather than having to toss the entire slicer.

The disadvantage with the Bron, though, is that it's noticeably heavier and larger than the OXO slicer. Also, you have to be more careful when washing the Bron slicer, because the cutters are not readily removable. Finally, the Bron slicer requires a bit more effort to adjust for particular cuts.

All in all, though, the Bron slicer works great! I plan on making a vegetable tian this week using the slicer.

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