Introduction: The Secret to Slicing Safely

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Want to make perfect vegetable slices both quickly and safely?  Follow these simple steps to save your fingers every time.

What do I need?
-Veggie
-Mandolin (slicer/grater, although this can be handy for slicing with a knife also)
-Work surface
-Paper towel (shown later)

Step 1: KEEP THE STEM!

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This is the secret to success and the most important step!  After washing the vegetable, keep the stem or root because it can be used as a natural handle that's also disposable.

Step 2: Remove Tip

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Remove the tip from the end that you'll start slicing from.

Step 3: Towel Fold

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Fold one piece of paper towel to make a long strip.

Step 4: Towel Wrap

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Wrap the towel strip around the stem.  This will be your slicing shield.

Step 5: Slice Away!

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Using the towel-wrapped stem, push the vegetable away from you to make perfect slices.  

Step 6: Fingers Saved

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No need to worry about slicing too close and losing a finger - once you've reached the paper towel, you'll feel the smooth slicing stop as the towel catches on the blade.

Step 7: The Best Part

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Success of the secret step!  That stem that was saved in the beginning as a handle is now the only piece left and can be tossed (save the paper towel if more slicing is required).

Step 8: As Promised

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Fingers, check.  Uniform slices, check.  Now you can have fun and cook!
The secret step of saving stems and roots as handles can be used in lots of other situations - slicing carrots, mincing garlic, dicing onions...cutting anything with a free end to hold.  Use it to your advantage!

Comments

lemonie (author)2012-02-20

Good instruction, I learned how to use knives properly.

L

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