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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“Oh, Hamlet, how camest thou in such a pickle?” (Act 5, Scene 1.) ‘Tis a gentle man here a plague o’ these pickle-herring! How now, sot!” (Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5.)
—12th Night & Pickles
Wow!! Thanks for your helpful guidance as we switched our water kefir fermentation over to the Pickl-It system. We’ve been making water kefir for over a year, but it has always been open to the air with just a mesh covering. A couple of days ago our Christmas 3 – 3 Bundle came in and we set up the water kefir grains in a 1 L. It was time to harvest (& taste!!) this morning and IT IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!! There are none of the vinegary notes that were present in our past batches. It’s fully done – which I judge by the fact that it’s only very very slightly sweet, and the carbonation is good (on the subtle side instead of tickling your nose). It’s perfection! The flavor is very pleasing and refreshing. There’s no going back now : ) This is an easy breezy way to ferment excellent water kefir for sure!
—Janice S. - Indiana