In order to cook uniformly, pieces of food must be sliced or chopped into a uniform size. Professional chefs have been using a tool called a mandolin for decades to quickly slice the piles of vegetables needed in a restaurant. Mandolins are extremely sharp and often too dangerous for the average casual cook to consider using. The Zyliss mandolin slicer offers the home cook all the convenience of quick and uniform slicing along with clever safety features that render it proper for a home cook to use.
Wash and sanitise your work surface. Your slices of food will fall beneath the mandolin onto the table, so having a clean work surface is essential to prevent food-borne illness.
Wash your vegetables or fruits to remove any dirt or chemicals that may be on the surface skin.
Place the mandolin body on the table or work surface. Choose the insert that you need depending on the thickness of your desired slice and whether you want regular slices or julienne strips. Push down on the insert on top of the base to lock it in place.
Snap the food holder onto either the right or left edge of the mandolin base, depending on whether you are left- or right-handed.
Place a piece of washed food inside the clear plastic food holder. Push down the food holder lid over the food to secure it.
Slide the holder up and down the length of the mandolin body. This will cause the food to be run over the blade multiple times, slicing the vegetable body into uniform slices.