Best Thread-Cut Tools: Horizontal and Angle-Blade Mandolins
I don’t use a traditional wooden-base angled-blade kraut-cutter like my grandmother. They’re a unitasker, good for basically one task – cutting cabbage into kraut.
Having tested a number of kitchen tools, I found the mandolin was the best multi-tasking tool, easily taming the wild twists, turns of cabbage leaves.
Mandolins come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes and features. For our purpose – slicing cabbage into fine threads, creating lacto-fermented sauerkraut – the most important mandolin features are:
- A dependable, sharp, straight-edge blade – horizontal or angled – available in stainless steel or ceramic
- Comfortable hand grip
- The ability to adjust the blade’s opening width, down to 1mm – the ideal size for a perfect “thread”. (This is optional on some mandolins.)
- A food-guard or good-quality protective gloves
|Slide the cabbage wedge through the slicing blade at different angles, depending on whether your mandolin’s blade is horizontal or set at an angle. For more detailed instructions, click here|
|by Kathleen in Tips | Permalink|
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Gundruk is an important source of minerals during the off-season (Karki, 1986). Mustard, radish and cauliflower leaves, wilt for one or two days, and then shredded with a knife or sickle, tightly packed in an earthenware pot and warm water, and the pot kept in a warm place. Unlike sauerkraut, no salt is added to the water. After five to seven days, a mild acidic taste (lactic-acid from the lactic-acid bacteria) indicates the end of fermentation. The gundruk is removed and sun-dried. It is served as a side dish with the main meal and is also used as an appetiser.
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