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...
Pickles were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who is known to have grown them on the island of Haiti.
—Columbus, Haiti & Cucumbers
My soon-to-be 19-year-old son was about to get ready for bed, when he asked if he could have some dessert. I said “Yes”, and a few minutes later, he came out with a big bowl of kimchi, mixed veggies and kraut. I was so thrilled to see him wanting to eat something good instead of the icecream that “Dad” was eating! Maybe I didn’t start too late making healthy fermented foods for him!!!