Hand Vegetable Slicer - What To Look For When Shopping For One
Choosing the right hand vegetable slicer is vital to your success as a vegetable gardener. Your slicer should be able to handle the bulkier heavier varieties of vegetables. Also, you want one that is easy to clean and a quick to use.
When you are ready to buy a vegetable slicer, the first thing you need to do is decide what kind of function you will use it for. Do you primarily plan on making thin strips from vegetables? Would you like to have thicker pieces? There are many choices when it comes to vegetable use.
The next decision you will have to make is what type of cutting wheel/handle would be best suited for your needs. A thumbwheel slicer will give you the freedom and control you need while using your hand. They are easy to control and are not nearly as likely to "escape" your hand as a fixed blade will. You can also go with a handheld slicer, but if you plan to make extensive amounts of slicing then a handheld is probably not worth the investment.
If you're more concerned with speed than anything else then a chain slicer will be your best bet. They are much faster to use than a thumbwheel and are generally more efficient in terms of time. However, they do require your hand to be near the handle and will likely slip out of your hand during the process.
Another consideration is how you plan on using your slicer. Are you looking for a manual slicer or an electric one? If you are just starting out, I suggest an electric because they are easier to control. A manual slicer requires your supervision and may be harder to master at first. If you think you'll enjoy it, then go for the manual.
I also recommend having some sort of vegetable guide with you for each type of vegetable. This could be a book, a website, or even an online video. Having some guidance while you work will help you make the best cuts possible.
Another thing to consider is the handheld versus the handheld. If you have limited mobility, then a handheld will probably do fine. If you have some serious flexibility and dexterity than a hand held slicer is the way to go. Remember that vegetables tend to come out on an angle so unless you have a very flexible and it's probably better to go with a hand slicer.
Once you've made your decision, make sure you purchase the correct slicer for your needs. This means checking the specifications carefully to ensure that it will fit your needs. You can find slicers at most major home improvement stores. Make sure you get one that has good reviews to help guide your decision.
Some vegetable slicers are hand held but there are also gas ones that have a crank on the end. The crank can help to evenly slice your vegetables. I generally prefer the latter because the food is less likely to be pulverized when they travel through the blades.
Another consideration is the shape of the vegetable slicer. There are some which are rectangular in shape and others are circular. Depending upon how you plan to use the hand held slicer, this could be a deciding factor. Personally I prefer the circular ones as I can keep them held at an angle to the rectangular ones need to be angled. They can also be somewhat difficult to clean.
Finally, be sure to take a look at the price. I generally recommend sticking with a more expensive slicer rather than one of the more affordable ones. It all comes down to what you're going to be using it for. You don't want to spend so much money on a tool that is not going to provide you with the level of service you expect. Be sure to ask about the warranty too as this can be an important investment. Just don't make the mistake of thinking it won't matter as long as you get your job done.
When shopping for a hand vegetable slicer, you should take the time to explore all your options. Don't just rely on brands that you've seen on television. Take a look at the actual models and how they operate. This will help you narrow down your choices and you'll be able to find the perfect handheld vegetable slicer for your needs. With a little bit of time, thought, and research, you'll soon have the tool you need.