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My recipe calls for lemons sliced on a mandolin. My mandolin works great on everything else but not lemons.. What brand mandolin will slice lemons?

asked by Louisa over 4 years ago

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added over 4 years ago

I think if your mandoline works great with everything else then your lemons probably have thicker skins than normal, which can happen. Do you think you can slice them thinly with a plain chef's knife? Or maybe the serrated-blade option on the mandoline would work better?

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added over 4 years ago

These are meyer lemons, and they do feel softer than regular lemons. I read to put them in the fridge to firm them up, and I did end up using a serrated steak knife, which worked pretty well. Lemon slice almond cookies--baking now. My mandolin is about10 yrs old--would the blade have dulled? Thanks!

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added over 4 years ago

The blade on my mandoline dulled after about 8 years, and I ended up buying a new one. Can't remember the brand, and I haven't tried it on lemons. (Please post recipe!)

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ChefJune

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added over 4 years ago

I don't know about the mandoline, but I thinly slice lemons successfully with the 1mm slicing blade on my Cuisinart.

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added over 4 years ago

Hadn't thought of using my cuisinart...

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added over 4 years ago

My Benriner Mandolin has worked beautifully for me. I've had it for YEARS!!!

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added over 4 years ago

A very sharp blade in your Mandolin is key. If you've had your mandolin for 10 years, chances that your blades are dull is dead on. The blades for the Benriner Mandolin are extra sharp and stay that for for years. The best part about this mandolin is that the blades are re-placeable. The softer flesh Meyer Lemon is not the problem, it's your blade.

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added over 4 years ago

A very sharp blade in your Mandolin is key. If you've had your mandolin for 10 years, chances that your blades are dull is dead on. The blades for the Benriner Mandolin are extra sharp and stay that for for years. The best part about this mandolin is that the blades are re-placeable. The softer flesh Meyer Lemon is not the problem, it's your blade.

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added over 4 years ago

A very sharp blade in your Mandolin is key. If you've had your mandolin for 10 years, chances that your blades are dull is dead on. The blades for the Benriner Mandolin are extra sharp and stay that for for years. The best part about this mandolin is that the blades are re-placeable. The softer flesh Meyer Lemon is not the problem, it's your blade.

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added over 4 years ago

Get a cheap Japanese mandolin from an Asian store they were great

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added over 4 years ago

I'll check our markets here--I did once have a Benriner.
Thanks!

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added over 4 years ago

try Norpro on Amazon for less than $25...sharp as you need and very affordable.

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added over 4 years ago

I will check this out also.
Thanks!

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