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|
Did you know...
Pickling is a global culinary art. If you were to go on an international food-tasting tour, you’d find pickled foods just about everywhere. You might sample kosher cucumber pickles in New York City, chutneys in India, kimchi in Korea, miso pickles in Japan, salted duck eggs in China, pickled herring in Scandinavia, corned beef in Ireland, salsas in Mexico, pickled pigs feet in the southern United States, and much, much more.
—Science of Cooking, Pickles
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