I’m a Slicing Sensation with My NewOXO Handheld Mandoline : Review & Give Away : PLUS Homemade Sweet Potato Chips!

!I can’t believe how many times a week I reach for this handy tool and how I managed before I had it.  I’m guessing I was a lot more content with uneven slices or just skipping recipes that called for too much slicing.  I definitely didn’t make chips of any kind for our family, because the slicing was way too tedious.  I don’t have that excuse any longer and my family has enjoyed homemade sweet potato chips (recipe below), zucchini chips, and my Potachos several times.  Not to mention, salads just look beautiful and inviting with the perfectly sliced veggies tossed in. Today, we’re making delicious, crispy Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

cucumber

The OXO Handheld Mandoline will make quick work of this English cucumber.

I’m a huge fan of OXO and their products for the kitchen and home.  Wait!  Don’t say it!  I’ve already heard it, before.  They’re a little more expensive than other brands and I’m about saving money everywhere I can, so how do I justify the cost?  Here’s a frugal mom’s secret that you need to consider.  Sometimes, the cheapest isn’t the best value!  When my husband works, he needs tools that are durable, long-term.  Tools that can do the job efficiently and effectively, every. single. time. without. fail.  Tools that won’t need to be replaced multiple times a year.  If he spends $60 on a tool that lasts ten years, instead of $19.99 on one that ends up not being able to do the job or breaks and needs replaced multiple times in that same ten year span, the $60 tool was a much better value than the $19.99 one and saved our family time and money, in the long-run.

cucumber

Sliced to perfection. I used setting 3, for the thickest slices of cucumber in our dinner salad.

Cooking and caring for our family and home is what I do.  The tools I use need to be of a quality that means they are a long-term good value, help me do my job efficiently and won’t strand me in the middle of preparing a meal with a broken product I need to run out and replace.  That’s why I love OXO!  The high quality of their products means I get TOP value for every dollar I spend and that’s important to our family’s long-term savings goals.  So, given Brand Y and Brand X for noodles or toothbrushes or green beans, you bet — I’ll pick the cheapest one every time, but when it comes to tools, I want the highest quality, best value my dollar can buy, even if it means saving up for a little while.  I can count on that kind of value every time with OXO tools.  This fantastic, handheld mandoline was no exception!  You’re going to LOVE it!

What are some of my favorite features of this handy-dandy kitchen tool?

  • My slicing work is finished in a fraction of the time.
  • The blade height can be adjusted for slices in 3 thicknesses.
  • The mandoline is clear, so I can see through it to my slices, below.
  • I can use it to slice over my cutting board or a plate; or I can use the lip at the end to hook it over the edge of a bowl.
  • The food holder protects hands, is comfortable to use and is easy to grip.  It also serves as a blade cover when the mandoline is stored.
  • I can set the blade height to LOCKED 9indicated by a little padlock), meaning it is flush with the surface of the mandoline and much less likely to allow someone to cut themselves while it is not in use. That, coupled with the fact that the food holder also acts as a blade cover, makes it one of the safest mandolines I’ve ever used.
  • It’s strong.  I have another mandoline, of a different brand, that was MUCH more expensive and the blade heights do not stay in place well, causing a lot of difficulty and wasted time in trying to get things cut.  I’m really impressed with how solid this little mandoline is and very excited that the slice thickness I select, is the one that I get, until I move the blade.
  • The nice, rubberized non-slip handle, knob and foot make this an easy to grip and comfortable to use tool.
  • It’s completely dishwasher safe.
sweet potato

Beautifully, paper-thin slices! I could literally hold them up to the light and see through them. A little drizzle of olive oil and they’ll bake up crisp and delicious for an easy and delish snack!

 

chips

Crisp, crunchy and delightful! A sprinkle of salt while they’re still warm and you’ll be in snacking heaven! I only used about 2/3 of one sweet potato to make this whole batch. And with the OXO Handheld Mandoline, you’ll be munching these tasty treats in minutes!

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the sweet potato into very thin pieces. The thinner you slice them the crisper your chips will be.
  2. Drizzle the potato slices with olive oil and toss to coat. (As you can see, I had to switch to a larger bowl to manage this task.)
  3. Spread the potato pieces in a single layer on your baking sheet. (if you have a Silpat or some parchment paper, your clean-up will be super easy.) One sweet potato actually made so many chips that I had to use a baking sheet and my stoneware pizza stone and I still had potato slices left over, that wouldn't fit.
  4. Salt chips, to taste, before baking. This will help pull moisture out of the chips, more quickly.
  5. Bake in a 250 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, until crisp and edges are lightly browned. (The low heat is very important! The sugars in a sweet potato will burn before the chip is crisp, if you cook them at higher heat. So cook them low and slow. Your patience will pay off big time. I promise.)
  6. Remove from oven. Slide right off the baking sheet, into a serving bowl. Enjoy the chips warm or allow them to cool and serve them cold. Their delicious both ways!
http://busy-at-home.com/homemade-sweet-potato-chips/

Whether you are slicing apples for the perfect pie, making my yummy and simple Baked Sweet Potato Chips, or just preparing a delicious garden salad for your family, you’ll be as excited as I am at the convenience, ease of use and durability of the OXO Handheld Mandoline.
One Busy-at-Home reader will benefit from OXO’s extraordinary generosity, too!  Use the Rafflecopter form, below to enter and you may be the winner of one of these great mandolines for your own kitchen!



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I received an OXO Handheld Mandoline to test in my own kitchen and gather information to write this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

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Comments

  1. Nicole says

    I agree that buying a quality gadget now and it lasting forever is better than buying cheap and it breaking right away. My last mandoline was cheap and died shortly after leaving the box. I love OXO products.

  2. says

    oh~ I didn’t realize that they made things like shower caddys! 2 Tier Shower Caddy would be nice~ (We need to get a stainless caddy!)

    THe Box Grater and Container Graters look pretty interesting.

    And I <3 <3 <3 my Oxo can opener!

  3. AnnaZed says

    I am a complete OXO fool. I have tons of OXO stuff. Any kitchen thingy that I need (or even don’t really need) I buy the OXO one. I even have an OXO Aniversary Tea kettle that is my pride and joy! Right now I have my eye on a Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer. It might seem superfluous to some maybe, but we eat a lot of pineapples!

    The Rafflecopter calls me ‘Margot’ since it is accessing my facebook where I am ‘Margot Core’.

  4. MommaMary says

    I just discovered the Pop-Up Cookbook Holder. It is outstanding! I will even hold my Kindle which I use a lot in the kitchen.

  5. Robin says

    I need a new dish drainer. The Folding Stainless Steel Dish Rack
    #1069916 is really cool – even though it is a bit pricey!

  6. Carmen S. says

    I have loved the Oxo brand for years, it is quality stuff, and in my opinion, not that expensive especially if you consider it is something that you will use for years to come. I am really loving the Colander – plastic. I am always using my colander/strainer, and the one they have, seems extremely sturdy and I love how the handles are shaped. You need good handles when you are holding something hot.

  7. Melissa says

    I have a number of OXO products that I love. I like to add to my collection though! A few things I’d like are the stainless steel mixing bowls, spatulas (All kinds), and salad spinner.

  8. Jessica Poston says

    I love the Uplift Tea Kettle – Anniversary Edition. But I really love the mandoline too! Never used one before,but it looks like it will make things a lot easier!

  9. says

    I’ve been a fan of OXO products for a looong time. Just the fact that the Arthritis Foundation likes their products was enough to get me to first try them. I didn’t know about the mandoline. I’m looking forward to checking it out!

  10. Nancy says

    I would love the Oven Thermometer – my oven is about 12 years old and I’d love to make sure I’m baking at the correct temp.

  11. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    I like the Folding Clip Dryer and we really need a new French Press coffee maker – I’d love the 8 cup size!

  12. Texas Momma says

    I think their box grater is pretty spiffy! I’m always dragging out a plate or bowl when I use the one I have & it never fits right & the food ends up EVERYWHERE! This would be great to keep waste down & to be able to measure as you grate up cheese or what have you!
    (http://www.oxo.com/p-542-box-grater.aspx)

  13. Texas Momma says

    Just wanted to let you know that the tweet that pops up when you click the tweet button mentions Rubbermaid and the 2-in-1 Recycler =)

  14. Jessica Poston says

    Suggestion for people planning to use one of these,USE the food holder gizmo!! It seemed easier not to,and I ended up slicing off a huge chunk of my finger!:/

  15. Nancy B says

    Because of the limited space on a boat, I needed something small and versatile and got an OXO hand held mandoline.for the galley . Absolutely the best tool for the money.

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