Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mandoline vs. mandolin

I just learned this afternoon that I've been misspelling mandoline at 'Round the Chuckbox. While you slice potatoes (and other produce) on a mandoline, Doc Mercer won't play one with his Cumberland Highlanders band.

Drop the "e" and you have Doc's favorite muscical instument, the mandolin.

Whishbone, a camp cook from the neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas, posted this request at last Thursday:
Anyone ever use one & what type do You Like. I looking at Pampered Chef ones on eBay. Son & I need to cook up a bunch of potatoes (augratin style) for 28 Girl Scouts, Leaders & Parents the last Meal at Local summer Camp. Wishbone-Ks
Stick with a simple mandoline, one that cuts without all the "bells and whistles." I purchased a top-line model at a local restaurant supply several years ago (pictured below). It works well enough, but it's heavy, a bit clunky and the safety guard is doesn't flow smothly.

I wouldn't spend more than $40 or 50. I spent about $200 and now wish that I had purchased an economy model. They do the same thing for much less. I found an Oxo V-blade model on Amazon for $40 (pictured at left).

Either way, Wishbone, a mandoline is a worthy investment if you plan to do any camp cooking for large groups. A sharp one will quickly cut a load of potatoes for scallops or au gratin.

I used mine at camp yesterday to cut cucumbers for the cuke and onion salad for today. I had the job done in 10 minutes with nice, thin slices of cucumber.

I don't care how good you are with a knife, a mandoline just makes good sense for the camp kitchen.

I wrote a safety brief on the use of a mandoline in the kitchen last year. Mandoline safety is serious business in the kitchen. Properly used, they are a great time saver and help you produce professional looking products. In the wrong hands, you'll be spending a lot of time in the emergency ward.

Remember: Doc Mercer plays great Bluegrass tunes on his mandolin as I slice potatoes for scallops on my mandoline.


  1. hi,

    this is jenn from growlies site. you had responded to a post of mine that you'd help me with some camp cook stuff. i'd love to hear more. you can email me at

    thanks so much!


  2. On the ship, the scrubs/newbies (which were pretty much everyone) were instructed to use the protective knife glove on the hand that was operating the mandoline.

    Or in our case, a Benriner. Much cheaper and known for being seriously sharp!

    Online they sell for $40, but at my local international/asian store it was $15! Easy and light to pack in chef bag, and check in baggage for flights. (not carry-on!)

  3. I have that OXO V-Blade and it's AWESOME. Highly recommend to anyone new to mandolines. Been going strong for 4 years.

    I especially like the crinkle-cut attachment. Makes chips, fries, and veggies fun. :)