kitchen gadget, potato slicer

By Hand or by Gadget?


Last night I made sweet potato fries with dinner. The most time-consuming task, when making fries, is to slice the sweet potatoes in nice thin strips. I was standing at the counter slicing each potato by hand when I thought about my potato slicer in one of the pantry cabinets. But I just went ahead and finished the job by hand.

At one time I used to use my potato slicer, or chipper, that’s what the box says. If I asked my oldest son to slice the potatoes he would probably use it. But I found that in general it takes some strength and I have weak hands. The other thing is that if the potato isn’t the perfect size, then you have to cut it to fit. Once I start cutting, then I figure I might as well finish.

But if you do use it, then you do get perfectly cut fries that look beautiful on a plate with a little parsley and garlic salt sticking to them….maybe for a party. In case you’re wondering I fry most everything in peanut oil.

Like almost all of my kitchen gadgets, I purchased this potato slicer at a thrift store, probably for a dollar or two. Sometimes I buy gadgets without knowing what their purpose is. Do you have a favorite gadget for slicing potatoes? Please share….

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