Wafer Thin is IN!

Why does chopped up fruit taste so much better than whole fruit? This question has puzzled philosophers throughout the ages, or at least my sister and I since childhood. Our stepmum Julie would slice up apples, bananas and oranges and arrange them on a plate for a snack.

"Why does this taste so good?" we'd ponder, "It's the same fruit… only chopped up?". But tastier it was, even more so when shaped into a smiley face.

So I bought a mandoline. Not a mandolin a la Losing My Religion; this is the contraption that chops things up into wafer thin slices. I got the OXO Good Grips Handheld one and it's the best £11 I've spent in yonks. I've been digging through the fridge slicing up everything remotely sliceable.

Oxo
Image from amazon.co.uk

I sliced up carrot, fennel, pepper, cucumber, avocado and tomato for a salad. It was like vegetable confetti! And it tasted so much better than my normal hacked up salad, that same mysterious happiness as the fruit plate days.

Perhaps it's the tidiness of the shapes, or the layers of flavour you get in each mouthful. All I know is from now on I want all my salads to be transparent when held up to the light.

Carrots

Another revelation: wafer thin APPLES. Holy communion apple, Batman!

Apple

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26 thoughts on “Wafer Thin is IN!

  1. I can never get these things to work and just end up with chunks of food and a great mess in the kitchen. No wafer thinness in my house!

  2. Oh Paula, that makes me sad… you’re not one of those Amazon reviewers that managed to slice their fingertips off, are you? 🙂

  3. Greater surface area – that’s why it taste better. Hits more of the tongue’s surface, so more taste sensation. It’s the same as why grated cheese tastes better than a slice, and why chocolate buttons are nicer than a block. 😉 But, errr, yeah…. this is about fruit, not cheese or chocolate, lol!! x

  4. Also, btw, put your oven on a low setting, and over a while ‘dry out’ some thinly sliced apples, to crisps. You’ll thank me for it. x

  5. It’s the same with cheese – grated is always better than sliced!
    I’m deadly in the kitchen so the safety guide would be a must for me!

  6. The kids at my work go nuts for our apple spiral machine! We just stab it on, turn the knob and away it spirals!

  7. This is so true! I now keep a plate and sharp knife at work to help me eat more fruit. Apples especially. Bite into a whole apple? Meh. Wedges? I’m there.

    I have a mandoline I bought from a charity shop. It’s in some dusty cupboard – maybe I will dust it off, and try not to make my salad into literal finger food 🙂

  8. I cannot explain it, but my lot used to turn up their nose at the suggestion they eat a whole piece of fruit. If I cut it up and put it on a plate though, they’d eat the equivalent of five pieces each.

    I put it down to laziness – no peeling, no tedious biting off of manageable pieces… but when you have to cut it up yourself, that doesn’t wash.

  9. I think we have a cheap one that was a big flop. I shall just drop by and have a slice, if you don’t mind 🙂

  10. @Hollie Dollie – it is good to see you here sis. I like the sound of this apple spiraler!

    @Sarah Jane – you are so right… and do you find mushing together a little pile of grated cheese together tastes better than a plain old cube of cheese? it’s all in the texture!

    @Katy – Dude! i have the office knife and plate too. It always feel more special that way doesn’t it? Though the knife often gets borrowed to chop up birthday cakes

    @Kek – LAZINESS, of course! that is a big factor.

    @Laurie – hurry hurry, the cucumber’s getting limp 😀

  11. Reforming grated cheese is one of life’s little pleasures 😉
    I had salad for lunch. The addition of a little grated cheese (strong stuff so not too much!) and grated carrot seems to have imparted it’s special powers onto the rest of the salad – it’s a big mess of salady goodness!

  12. As soon as I’m able, I’m going to buy one of those new fangled Oxo slicers!

  13. OMG, I love my mandoline slicer! Isn’t it the best ever? I can’t wait to get home from work now so I can slice an apple. I never thought of using it for fruit! GENIUS.

  14. This makes me think of that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer gets a meat slicer. Just don’t be like Elaine and try using it to slice your high heels!

  15. I have to completely agree!! I bought a Japanese mandoline which has also a wide julienne and a fine julienne blade- whispy carrots in salad, shredded kohlrabi/carrots/beets/in coleslaw, see through cucumber slices, and- current fave- potato matchsticks for stir fries. Soak in water for 10 minutes, drain and they cook through just like that! My husband is Chinese and this is what they do in Sichuan… : )

  16. recently got one and finally discovered why shops sell radishes! great excitement

  17. I had an Oxo Mandoline and lost so much knuckle skin through the fruit/veg slipping off the ‘holder with prongs’ thing, that I got in a tizz and sold it for $1 on Trade Me. So there, take that, knuckle munching manual device. Now I can do all that fancy stuff, safely, in my Kenwood Multipro.

  18. Shauna, what are the orange-y coloured slices? They look both pretty and yummy!

  19. link to eziconcepts.com.au

    Not a torture device but an apple slinky maker (referred above as an apple spiral). They make apples way too much fun to ever want to eat a boring normal one ever again.

    Some tuckshops have them now – at our local primary school you can pay 30c for them to slinky your apple for you at lunch time! And to think that used to just get you 6 musk sticks…mmmm…musk sticks…

  20. Does it taste better because by cutting into it you start to release all the juices (i.e. tastes and aromas)? Anyway, I agree that it definitely tastes better!

  21. Late to the party but just wanted to say thanks for the mild kick in the butt — I bought one years ago but was intimidated by the very very sharp blade. I’ll have to get brave one day and actually use the darned thing, now that we’re approaching the summer season of beautiful fruits and veggies!

  22. Sara, I can see how that could happen!

    @Manda – they’re carrots! Kinda cute eh? 🙂

    @Anna – what an excellent contraption! And musk sticks… phwoar.

    @Babs – this one has a safety guard thingy but still scared me at first! But a bit of danger is okay if it gets me eating more veg!