A Question.

By Ezra Klein

Is it possible to use a mandoline without slicing off a portion of your thumb? In my experience, the answer is no. On the other hand, the injury did come as part of a 3am meal of wide Vace pasta in butter and parmesan sauce, tossed with slices of shaved black truffle. In other words: Fuck the thumb.  It was worth it.

6 responses to “A Question.

  1. meal of wide Vace pasta in butter and parmesan sauce, tossed with slices of shaved black truffle and thumb.

    Sounds delicious.

  2. Any mandoline worth its salt should come with a hand guard. If it doesn’t, maybe use a pair of shucking gloves?

  3. You have to know when to stop. If you’re slicing potatoes or whatever, leave the last bit. If it’s truffles, you’re going to have to get the last bit sliced with a knife, or just chop it. I’ve never found the hand guard on my mandoline very useful–when the item gets small enough that you should stop using your fingers, it’s too small to be held by the hand guard.

  4. Yeah, no. It really is all about just leaving the last bit. Of course, that’s probably hard to do with truffles.
    (I always use the hand guard anyway, because I’ve lost chunks off a couple of fingers just from pushing too hard. Making sure the blade on your mandoline is actually sharp is also key.)

  5. Buy a butcher’s glove. Throw away the hand guard. Never cut yourself again.

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