One thing I learned about my mom when were taking care of her is she really loved good tools. She often has the best! Because I was cooking food for her she would introduce me to the ones she had in the kitchen. When I made her potatoes for the first time, she insisted I learn how to use her Borner Power Mandoline.
I have a mandoline that I bought online and the thing is vicious! Way more dangerous than using a knife. So much so I have often thought about donating it. I hated using it to make these crappy low fat beet chips! Which were also horrible.
So I kept asking my mom, are you sure? Are you sure you want me to use this? I am accident-prone remember.
She assured me that if I used her heavy-duty hand guard I would totally be fine. Which was surprising because my mom was quiet nervous about any kind of danger at all.
Sure enough, she was right! The mandoline was very easy to use, even on potatoes. She loved using it on cucumbers and I can see why, must be taken no time at all.
I still have to try the other attachments to see how to insert them? Do they stay in? How well do they slice…??? So, more to come!
Here is some history about Borner: “It all started in 1956 when Alfred Börner, a toolmaker by profession, started the business manufacturing an onion cutter. This cutter was made of wood with four razor-sharp blades bent in such a way to make cutting onions into cubes easy work. This one invention sparked many more, and product demand increased worldwide. Börner has become a well established company over the last 50 years, producing state of the art kitchen tools in Germany.”
The closest model I can find still being made is the Swissmar Borner V-1001 V-Slicer Plus Mandoline 6 Piece Set. My mom would insist hers is better because it was made in Germany, LOL.