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Boerner The Authentic V-Slicer

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      14.09.2012 16:23
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      V Slicer

      I am forever cutting up vegetables in my house. I suppose I should be quite pleased as both my little kids like their vegetables and so we have them with every meal be it raw to just munch on or chopped up in a nice casserole. However, cutting up tons of vegetables really is not fun and so when my mum showed me her V slicer I decided to get one too, it was so easy and quick to do loads of different vegetables in lots of fun, different ways.

      The slicer is so called a V slicer because it looks just like a V in the portion where the vegetables are cut. The slicer itself is made of quite a thick sturdy plastic and has little rubber bits on it so it will not slip so I always feel quite confident slicing up the vegetables that the device will not slip and cause me an injury. The slicer is really easy to use. To first begin the slicer comes with three different blade inserts that just slide into the top and stay in place really well as the fit is a tight one. The inserts work to guard against the V-frames knife which is very sharp to be able to slice vegetables so well and so thin but is also protected so you are not able to slice yourself with the blade. There is a 1/4 inch which is somewhat thick and a thin 1/16 inch thick slicer and then two julienne slicers. I have to admit that I have not used the julienne slicers as I haven't been too adventurous with this yet but I do have a great recipe with some julienne potato slices so I may try it soon!

      Once the slicer is in place you get the vegetable that you want to slice and you attach it to a holder. The holder has little prongs in it which just go into the vegetable and holds it in place quite securely. The holder then has a round bit at the top which you can grip with your hand. I find this is well designed and big enough to enable me to grip well and to be able to get up a good movement when I am slicing the vegetables.

      You can have the vegetables drop out the other side two ways. I know my mum likes to hold this slicer over a bowl horizontally and just let the vegetables drop into the bowl underneath but then I find this way really awkward and you have to hold your hand and move the holder side to side rather than up and down so I just prefer to hold the slicer up vertically and then move the holder up and down like you would with a cheese grater. I generally have a plate underneath that the vegetables can fall into and this is a much better movement for my hands to do.

      This is so much better than slicing vegetables with a time consuming knife. It washed easily and is just the same as washing a knife you have used so for me there is no extra clean up which is great and this is a good kitchen product I recommend.

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        11.02.2011 14:22
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        Proven product that stays sharp and lasts for ever (hopefully)

        This was one of the first if not the first such product to come onto the market and we still have our original Boerner from way back when. It makes an appearance mostly in the summer when I like to prepare fancy vegetables to go with a barbeque. However, I also use it quite a lot at any time of the year for making julienne carrots, slicing onions and cutting tiny potato slices which I cook in the pan.

        I remember standing through a demonstration of this product at a trade fair at the time. I hadn't gone to buy anything but as with lots of these things, you do tend to get sucked in by the demonstrators - the lure of a free gift generally does it for me.

        In this case, because I was impressed with the product, I did buy it and got a free attachment (for slicing cucumbers into fancy curly shapes - love this one) and a free kitchen knife, which we still have and use on a frequent basis. On the downside, I think I remember paying about 40 quid for this - which seems ridiculously expensive now that you ca pick up variants for much less than this.

        Products like these are sold on the basis of what they can do. It doesn't look terribly exciting in the box on the shelf, but once you see a lot of lovely freshly prepared food and you see how easy it is to use, then it makes a big difference. You can get these in orange but mine is a plain white one.

        I love the fact that with the various blades, you have so many options to prepare all kinds of fruit and veg in so many different ways. Once the chopping or slicing or grating is done, the sturdy plastic cutter pieces are easily washed with a quick rinse under the tap. Of course, you do have to be very careful both in use and when cleaning that you do not cut yourself on the extremely sharp metal blades. I hope I am not tempting fate in writing this, but to date, all fingers and both thumbs remain intact. However, always take care in using this machine as I should imagine there have been and will continue to be a number of bad accidents through people's own carelessness.

        The only downside for me in the methodology for preparing vegetables in particular is that you risk getting lots of wastage as once you have sliced the majority of an item, the remainder tends to fall off the holding pegs which aren't really sharp enough to hold on to the little end piece. Whatever you do, however, don't try to hold the last little bit with your hands.

        Julienne and grated carrots are my favourite (you get a separate grater/zester in the box) and the little cucumber attachment is also pretty cool. In terms of reliability and longevity, the fact that I still have it over 20 years since I bought it, speaks volumes and I don't ever see myself having to replace it. At less than 50p per year it has been a worthwhile investment and comes highly recommended.

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          03.08.2007 00:03
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          Good for cooks who don't like using electric means to shred and slice food produce.

          Over the years when Scotland has had one or two summers without rain, we have been lucky enough to host a barbecue a couple of times. When catering for any large crowd for example we've always run out of additional veggies like sliced tomatoes, onions and other salad type vegetables. The V Slicer in this respect is a great advantage. Food processors are all very well – but you can’t very well take them outside.


          The beauty of the V Slicer by Boerner is that it’s the same one you can see currently on satellite UK shopping channels and is still very much a manual dexterity gadget that is useful in many kitchens. It is not an original European invention (Asians in particular will identify with its basic mandolin design of two or more blades put together to slice and shred) however but it is a worthwhile kitchen gadget to have because its width and size can be stored easily after use as well as the blades being dishwasher safe.

          Obviously having two blades means that children should not be allowed anywhere near this gadget.

          Three parts came with the original package from TV Warehouse shopping channel; a spindle swizzle that turns cucumbers and other vegetables into party like spirals and waves; the mandolin itself, a couple of thin/thickness plates, food grabber and a handy additional grater as a bonus inclusion in the price.

          We paid £24-95 plus £4-95 for P&P charges. It is however cheaper online now and is well worth considering because of the nature of what the V Slicer can do in seconds as well as the general quality of its precision cut.


          ** Using the V Slicer **


          I can’t think of any way which is faster to slice precision cut tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and any other vegetable. Even I was surprised despite my early doubts when my parents bought this from the shopping channel. The beauty of the time it takes to actually slice and shred weighs up the time it takes to clean – both applications are easy and quick to task. There's no fiddling about with blades other than the Julienne slice plates which are optional but for basic slicing and shredding, there's very little that you need to do other than prod the produce on the prongs, grab tightly on the food grabber/pronged hat and then slide the vegetable up and down the mandolin blades.

          Effective use of this product therefore works best if the food grabber is used in conjunction with the V Slicer. As the title of the product does suggest there are two permanently fixed blades in reverse of each other in a “V” shape. Thus any food passed between these blades gets cut finely or chopped depending on the shape of the fitment blades plates you use.

          The Food grabber, is basically a hand gripped plastic hat that has a set of prongs underneath that prick the food intended in place and as the sides of the hat indicate clearly with arrows to show you how to push the food down the mandolin, its child’s play after that. Yes the blades are sharp but you’ll never fear of actually coming into contact with them unless you are stupid enough not to use the food grabber!

          Once you have chosen your food, set into the food grabber and align the hat so that it sets alongside the mandolin. Angle the Mandolin upwards, with the main blades towards the surface and start slicing. Don’t think it will be easier by laying the mandolin flat across a wide bowl as it’s a lot harder, believe me!! At the end of the mandolin within the plastic carrier, there are rubberised points which ensure that the V Slicer will not slip on level surfaces.

          The V Slicer blades cannot be removed and as such this Mandolin is completely dishwasher safe but we just put the whole unit in hot soapy water armed with a stiff brush and then leave to air dry rather than faff about with a towel in fear of cutting ourselves!


          ** Slicing Plates **


          There is only one slicing plate but has two additional ways of use. The first “face” has wavy lines set into it which is intended to allow for slices and by reversing the side over, you have a thick slice of ridges that are intended to shred. The plates themselves are marked in German and English which tell you accordingly what side does what and they slide in and lock via a snap fit at the top of the mandolin.

          Now to dice onions for example all you need to do (just how the guy in the advert shows you) is to minimally half slice an onion but not all the way. Take the thick slice part of the slicing plate, snap and fit, put the grabber on the onion so that it is impaled and start moving the grabber up and down the mandolin. Result? Perfectly diced onions!

          The user manual is a couple of black and white printed pages both in English and German. It is helpful but it always warns to use the safety food grabber. Once we actually lose the grabber and used an Onion/Egg slicing prong instead which acted as a temporary measure until we could find the grabber again.


          ** Other Plates **


          Two other plates are also included in the price. Simply, Julienne slice plates, one side which is for thin Julienne slice styles and the other side, for thick slices – simple. Now these blades are particularly sharp and when we bought the V Slicer there was no additional storage box. Now Warehouse TV sells this box for and additional £6-95. When not in use, we wrap the Julienne plates tightly in an old kitchen towel and place in a kitchen drawer. These plates can also be used for specific shredding too.



          ** Additional Grater **


          This is an actual “bonus” you get when you buy the V Slicer. It can grate chocolate, parmesan cheese and is a particularly good unit for grating zest. It is a grater however that is designed to give its user minimal cuts, as well as speed of use. Simply tap the sides of the grater gently when you are finished and everything comes off the grater. This grater is also dishwasher safe and we have put it in our dishwasher because orange zest seems to stain the plastic once you use it for that function.


          ** The Swizzle Tool **


          This is another “bonus” that you get when you buy the V Slicer. I would like to say that it works as well as it is shown on the satellite channels, but it will only make spiral waves from fruit and vegetables that are best, half raw or particularly soft. Don’t try it on a cucumber that has been sitting in your fridge for a couple of days – it won’t swizzle down as fast and you may end up breaking this tool.


          ** Availability **


          There are a lot of rivals out there who are trying to copy the V Slicer. Of the shopping channels on Cable and Satellite TV who are showing this advert, channels such as TV Warehouse (where we got this from) show the advert as well as Hallmark channel (during the day, usually) and others. The V Slicer is also appearing in Woolworths and Ebay.


          ** Warnings & General Downsides **


          I don’t think I have to point out that the blades of the V Slicer are extremely sharp. None of my family have ever been cut by the blades although I have heard and read horror stories and can’t believe anyone with any sense would ever use food produce without the pronged hat in place to guide the food product and protect the user’s hand at the time. Briefly if you don’t use the pronged hat/food grabber, you will get cut.

          Because of the angle in which the V Slicer is supposed to be used, I find that a larger work surface is often needed rather than a small space. It can work best when it’s used at an angle rather than across the way with a bowl underneath. I’ve never had any waste of produce with the V Slicer, well anything smaller than a 1 penny coin but then again with a standard shredder and slicer; this is actually very similar with the amount “wasted.”

          Apart from the plastic grid grater which has turned out to be excellent for shredding mixed citrus zest, carrots and cheese the “freebie” extras are poorly made and tend to get lost over time.



          ** Conclusion **


          The V Slicer mandolin has been surprisingly easy to use thanks to the food grabber. Its lightweight all PVC construction makes it easy to clean as well as identifying the plates that can be used for whatever task. For the price yes it’s a bit shy on the expensive side, but for a quick way to prepare salads as well as general fruit and vegetable tasking, you could do a lot worse whilst online shops and sites have now reduced prices to what we paid in 2005. This gadget for example is my preferred choice when it comes to shredding cabbage and lettuce; a food processor just mushes up water based vegetables unless they have harder outer skins and being stainless steel, our V Slicer's blades still look good as new. Thanks for reading ©Nar2 2007

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            19.03.2007 03:15

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            A must for processing large amounts of vegetables

            I first purchased a V slicer about 15 years ago. There was a learning period that I had to learn a few do's and don'ts and a cut or a knick will make a more lasting impression than reading the safety measures that are generally included with the product. I have found the V slicer to be a huge time saver when you're doing certain tasks and large amounts. You have a thin or thicker slice option and a julienne or French fry set of blades. I can slice, dice or chop 15 lbs. of prepped onions in less than 5 minutes, that alone makes it worth what I paid for it. When you do anything with long vegetables (carrots or celery) you have to hand hold them until they’re short enough to place in the holder or just finish them by hand. There is a nub or remainder of what ever you’re working on that doesn’t get processed but that represents about 5% of the vegetable. A few things that I learned, always keep the holder so it will ride the rails as intended and when doing large amounts find a round container that the slicer will span and hold the quantity that you’re processing. If you’re only doing a small amount than do it by hand it’ll be faster, if you’re making a soup or a salad the julienne blade is indispensable.
            I thought so much of this product that I bought some extras to give to people but not all of them get it. When they see me use mine they vow they’ll try again.
            And I never came across an onion that doesn’t have affect on the eyes so I try to get the work done as soon as possible.

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            02.03.2007 17:16
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            stick with the knife its cheaper

            this is one of the things i seen on the shopping channel and it looked really appealing so i bought one
            for £30 off ebay
            it came with 3 diffrent types of blades and a cheese grater
            when it came and i took it out of the box i just wanted to throw it away it looked very dangerous one slip and you can kiss good bye to your fingers.
            the first thing i tried was a potato to make some chips and it sliced through very fast next up i tried an onion and it was ok at first then when it got so far down the onion, the onion started to fall apart and when i managed to get to the end of the onion {eyes stinging like mad at this point} the last bit wouldnt slice so i was left with a bit of onion that was no good so i had to cut it with a knife which defies the point why i bought the authentic v slicer in the first place
            next up the carrott and when they made the authentic v they must not have tried a carrot because it doesnt fit so i had to cut it down in smaller chunks then it wasnt to bad but i was still left with the bit left over at the end which again i had to cut by hand
            next up a mushroom and this was totaly useless the mushroom just fell apart so i gave up.
            cleaning it would be ok if you have a dishwasher but it is very unsafe if you wash by hand because the razor sharp blades are not covered by anything
            te foods i found it to do well on were potatos thats about it, it didnt perform well on any other veggies so if you like spuds and you want to cut them quick then i would recommend it but if you want it to cut all other veggies then i wouldnt bother

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