The other kitchen tool that Samin Nosrat always uses is a specific type of mandoline. “The other thing that I really love […] I just love the inexpensive Japanese mandolines, the Benriner,” she said. Benriner mandolines have been around for over 70 years and first became popular in restaurants and hotels before making their way to home kitchens (via Benriner). These types of mandolines are relatively small, so they don’t take up much storage space, yet they provide enough surface area to slice up most vegetables. Benriners specifically allow you to adjust your slice thickness up to 1/4 inch (via Serious Eats). It’s an easy way to get even slices and speed up prep time.
“They are sharp and you have to be very careful using them, but you can really slice a lot of stuff very quickly and thinly,” Nosrat added. The mandolines are made with stainless blades that can slice vegetables super thin, but you’ll definitely want to use the hand guard. No one wants to get carried away and lose their fingertips trying to get one last slice out of a vegetable.
So if you don’t already own a kitchen scale or a mandoline, these could be the secret weapons you’ll want to add to your collection. Neither will break the bank, and both are quite versatile. You just might find that you’ll love them as much as Nosrat does.
You can catch more from chef Samin Nosrat on this season of Waffles + Mochi, which is streaming now on Netflix.