The best tool for cutting cabbage = mandolins!

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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

Tip Star 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