How to Clean a Kitchen Mandolin
When you purchase a new kitchen gadget you will want to make sure that it lasts and stays in good condition.
This is particularly true when it comes to mandolin slicers; and one of the best things to do to maintain proper function of your mandolin is to regularly clean it.
But why Learn to Clean a Mandolin?
Regularly cleaning your mandolin will ensure that you rid it of all of the leftover waste food which could contaminate future dishes. It also makes sure that the mandolin works perfectly and is completely safe.
Don’t Delay Washing your Mandolin
After you have finished slicing your fruits or vegetables, it is important that your mandolin should be cleaned. It is best to do this as soon as you have finished. This means that you should be able to remove any waste juice or food on the mandolin easily and avoid the need to scrub away stuck on food.
It is best to gently wipe the slicer with a cloth only using a mild soap or just plain hot water. This should minimise the risk of damage to the blades and other sensitive parts of the mandolin.
Cleaning the Mandolin Blades Safely
You should always make sure that you clean the blades on your mandolin carefully; they are very sharp and if you do not wash them safely then you could end up cutting yourself and taking an unexpected visit to the hospital.
The blades should be wipes against the direction of the sharp edge; this will minimise the risk of cutting yourself. Never leave the blades in the water to soak. This could result in you catching themselves on them as you cannot see them.
Rinse off and dry to Properly Clean a Mandolin
Once you have wiped off your mandolin you should make sure that you remove any of the soapy residue that is left on the blades or any other part of the slicer.
This should minimise the risk of damaging the blades and stopping them from working effectively.
After rinsing off the soap residue it is time to dry off your mandolin. The best way to do this is to leave it out in the air to dry off naturally; but if you want to put it away or use it again then you can always wipe it off with a clean towel.
Dishwasher Friendly Mandolins
Sometimes the idea of handwashing something can seem like too much hard work. If this is true for you then you want to invest in a mandolin slicer that is suitable to be washed in the dishwasher.
Most of the plastic mandolin slicers will be dishwasher safe and you may even find that some of the stainless steel models are too. It is important that you check this with the manufacturer if you are not sure as you could end up causing irreversible damage to the mandolin if you place it in the dishwasher.
If you have one, then it is important that you place it in there so that the blade will not come into contact with any other dishes or glassware that are also being washed. This ensures that you will not break the items during the wash cycle and also minimises any risk damage to your blade.
But sometimes, handwashing is best
Despite some models being dishwasher suitable we feel that it is best to wash your mandolin by hand as much as you can. Handwashing will prolong the life of your mandolin and will stop the blade from dulling.
Storing it away after your Clean your Mandolin
Whatever way you wash your mandolin it is important to make sure that you dry it off completely before you store it away. If you store a wet mandolin, then you may find corrosion around the edges of the blade.
If you have a steel model, then you might want to rub a small amount of oil on it before you use and after cleaning; although it is best to check with the manufacturer to ensure that this is suitable.
The oil that you use should always be edible as it may be consumed.
If you follow these recommendations, then you should have many happy years together with your mandolin slicer. It is no surprise that a clean blade is not only more sanitary but is also going to slice through food better. So make sure that you look after your mandolin and it will in turn be a great helping hand in your kitchen.
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