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It’s time management week here at SV where we talk about saving time while preparing delicious meals, and today I’ve got the first of 2 real life examples of what I talked about yesterday: doing something for the purpose of saving time often means not doing something else, and you might enjoy that other activity, so you’re going to have to decide what’s important to you.

In this case, I like working with a chef’s knife, but my time is more valuable right now, so I’m making the effort to use my mandolin slicer. I’m not doing this example to sell slicers, but I know people are going to ask and they’re really useful tools that not everyone knows about, so here’s a link to the Borner model I use, which is a little under $40 right now, but like I said, you can get a simple slicer for under eight bucks if you want – I’m pretty sure that’s the model I started with years ago before moving up to the Borner. And yes, both of those links are affiliate links, I make money if you buy from them, which like I said wasn’t my goal here but the links took time to find so I figure that’s fair – if you don’t want to send me a commission just go to Amazon (or your local cooking store) and find something yourself.

Don’t be too alarmed by the “people also bought” links showing armoured gloves, by the way. If you pay attention while you’re slicing and use the handle properly you’ll be fine. I still have all my fingers, but yes, the blade is very sharp, just like your knives are, so use the appropriate amount of caution…

I’m happy to answer any other questions about mandolins in the comments, but while you’re in there, has this given you any ideas of a “do this not that” that you can put into action in your kitchen to save time, even though it’s replacing something you don’t mind doing? I think that’s the key – not so much that you’re giving up something you love to do, because it might make sense to keep doing that, but there are so many things in our lives that we don’t mind doing that we never take the trouble to optimize because it doesn’t seem like a big deal – let me know what you come up with in the comments, and tomorrow I’ll show another example from my life!