About a year ago my husband and I had seen on tv an ad for a really nice mandolin, and I was very close to buying it. Sadly, we did not end up getting it, and still wanted one up until recently. Last month at my annual family Christmas party, I was preparing a salad and to save time I borrowed my aunt’s mandolin (it actually happened to be the same one we saw on QVC the year before). So I was slicing up my fennel julienne style on her mandolin when near the end it got stuck. Me, being super afraid of cutting myself stood there trying to figure out how to free the piece of fennel without injury. Not a second later, a relative (who shall remain nameless. LOL) peeked over my shoulder to say “Don’t cut yourself!”, then as I explained my dilemma they took it upon themselves to assist in removing the fennel. So what did they do? With the blades exposed, they used their FINGERS, yes I said FINGERS to try to free the stuck fennel! I’m sure you can easily guess what had happened?….. Yup, they got 3-4 gashes in their finger and started gushing blood. So right there, the exposed blades triggered the fear factor in me, suddenly resulting in my complete disinterest in buying the mandolin. Oh, and after my one time use, I realized the mandolin wasn’t as easy to use as they had made it look. It actually took more force than I had expected to slice and dice.
Another quick story I would like to share is that just two weeks ago my husband cut a sizable chunk of skin off his thumb while slicing onions, with blood gushing everywhere, it was so bad it has taken nearly 2 weeks to heal. Funny thing is I got this product review request from one of my readers just days after this happened. I can’t help but think that if we had already owned the slice-o-matic, that probably wouldn’t have happened. Anyways, I can’t even say how glad I am that I got this request because now I never have to worry that this will happen again.
Another thing I want to mention is that I hadn’t even seen the infomercial for it until I got the request. After watching it I definitely saw a need for it in our home. And after a quick reflection on recent events, I decided this was a product I needed to purchase asap.
One confession that I’m going to admit is that I’m terrified of injuring myself in the kitchen. I’m sure that’s nothing surprising and I’m sure that I’m not alone in my fear, but I can’t but help to cringe and look away anytime I even see someone else using a paring knife, or cutting anything with the blade facing their hand or any other body part.
Because of my fear, I have always paid extra special attention and care while preparing any sort of food.
Anyways, so here’s where I get to the good stuff. Now, I’m going to tell you about my first time use of the sliceOmatic.
On this mid January snowy Sunday I have decided to cook up some stew for dinner and to aid me in this I decided to use my sliceOmatic.
The first thing I tried to slice was celery which was super easy to do, so easy I could do several pieces of them at once, then I sliced up some carrots, which was a little harder as it is more dense of a vegetable, so I sliced those one at a time. Next I sliced up my onions and for fun I sliced up some zucchini. This was so ridiculously easy to use, I’m pleased to say that I love my new sliceOmatic! It took just a few minutes to prep all of my ingredients for my stew. I was so thrilled with my results, I definitely had to try cutting my zucchini julienne. Holy cow! My results were equally as amazing as before.
Another quick confession is that I’m a person who doesn’t care to cook since it takes so much time and often results in an intense back pain. No back pain today folks! I will gladly help my husband prepare dinner anytime, as long as I can use my new sliceOmatic.
A few other things I want to mention about this product is that you have to use the chute, don’t use the product without it. It’s also really simple to assemble with locking mechanisms in place to secure the blade and to also secure catch tray. It is also super easy to insert the julienne blade. (You can see me show you how to do this in my demo video).
I like this product so much, the only thing bad I can find about it is that it isn’t dishwasher safe. But with a quick soapy water rinse/soaking , that is in no way an inconvenience.