Like a deli slicer but on a smaller scale, a mandoline features a flat, wide blade that can be adjusted to varying widths. It can be used to cut everything from paper-thin radishes to shredded Brussels sprouts and cabbage to potatoes for casseroles and even cheese.
It’s easy to use—just set your desired width and place over a bowl or cutting board to catch the slices of food.
There is one important safety tip to follow, however. All mandoline slicers come with a plastic guard that protects your hand and holds on to the food as you slice. Always use the guard to secure your food or wear a cut-proof glove for safe slicing.