Quick cuts

Make your own potato chips

Slicing potatoes for chips

James Carrier

Potato Chips

Perfect julienned carrots or sliced cucumbers make beautiful salads or garnishes, but consistent cutting takes patience ― unless you use a mandoline or slicer. Stainless steel models are pricey, but plastic-bodied models, such as the Börner V-Slicer Plus (shown at left) and the adjustable Japanese Benriner cutter (our favorite), are just as functional. Their blades slide right through a raw potato for paper-thin slices that fry up into crisp, translucent chips.

The Börner V-Slicer Plus is available at amazon.com for about $35. The Benriner cutter, about $35, can be purchased from the Wok Shop in San Francisco (888/780-7171).

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