My husband got me a mandolin for Christmas, and I can't find much use for it. I watched the video and read the instructions but it isn't working too well for me. For example, I wanted to make sweet potato fries but the sweet potato seems to be too hard/dense for the mandolin to cut smoothly. I'm also thinking that it would be just as speedy to dice and julienne vegetables by had as it would be to pull out the mandolin, set it up, and dice and slice with it.
Any thoughts on this? Is this a redundant or un-necessary cooking gadget? Does anyone have a mandolin and just love it? If so, I'd love to know what you use it for.