Thursday, November 03, 2005

Borner V-Slicer Plus

I'm starting to get in a Christmas shopping frame of mind and, in the process of trying to come up with a gift for my new brother-in-law (who is apparently quite the chef), I've been thinking about the kitchen items that I find absolutely indispensable. One of my newer discoveries came immediately to mind: the Borner V-Slicer Plus by Swissmar.

This little plastic mandoline is amazing, not only because it easily outperforms every other chopping gadget that I've ever used (including a $200 stainless steel mandoline from Williams-Sonoma), but also because it carries a pleasant $20-$30 pricetag.

The V-Slicer itself comes neatly packed in handy caddy with three locking inserts capable of creating 1/16 or 1/4 inch slices and 1/8 or 3/8 inch julienne strips (which can be diced as well). For safety, the slicer also comes with a patented safety holder that firmly grips (but does not mash) food as it is runs back and forth across the slicer's German surgical-steel blades.

Given my love of vegetables, I pull out the V-Slicer at least once a day -- I can slice up two cucumbers in just a few seconds , dice onions or tomatoes for salsa, or julienne potatoes for french fries (and those blades are sharp - it can really julienne a finger as well if you use it without the safety holder ... you'll only make that mistake once). I guess you could say that this one really cuts prep time in half (or better) - literally.

The Borner V-Slicer Plus is available online at Amazon.com (from thegadgetsource) for $19.98 or in stores (including Bed Bath & Beyond) for about $30.

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