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Slicing with a Mandolin

Named after the musical instrument, the mandolin has several diff erent cutting blades, which vary both the size and the shape of the cut potato. The blades are fi tted into a metal, plastic, or wooden framework for ease of use. It is excellent for slicing potatoes evenly, and can produce slices from very thin to very thick, as well as fl uted slices for crinkle-cut potato chips. The mandolin must be used with care because of its very sharp blades. Rotate the knob on the side of the mandolin to adjust the blade to the thickness required, then, holding the potato, carefully slide it fi rmly up and down or across the blade, using the protective guard to safeguard fingers.