Tips & Tricks from the PNE’s Chef, Aaron Jeffs.
Aaron Jeffs weighs in on his top kitchen must-have which happens to be a staple gadget here at the PNE.
A Mandoline or V-Slicer should be in everyone’s kitchen! It’s great for fast meal prep or for those times when you need consistency in your presentation. There are tons of options in the market ranging in price from just a few dollars for a plastic model to several of hundreds for a stainless steel version. With so many options to pick from it can be hard to determine how much you really do need to spend. Jeffs comments that for him personally and for use at the PNE, the more economical units ranging from $20-$40 have worked out perfectly. At the PNE we use ours daily for our classic Scalloped Potatoes (look out for the recipe next month!) and the Sweet Pickled Cucumbers on our Braised Beef Short Rib Sandwich.
The V-Slicer is what we use at the PNE. They’re extremely sharp and will stay sharp for several years so Jeffs recommends to always use the slicing guard, no matter what. Ours are over 4 years old and still have a great edge. Believe it or not, we got them at The Fair’s MarketPlace!
The Japanese Mandoline which can be purchased at most Asian grocery stores, is also very sharp and will stay sharp for many years. The Japanese model is adjustable to allow you to choose your thickness of slice whereas the V-Slicer and many other kinds are not. Again, always use the slicing guard, no matter what.
To make long thin slices of vegetables, and if you don’t have a slicer of any kind, you can always fall back on a handy vegetable peeler!