Benriner Turning Slicer - Potato Threader

benriner turning slicer

About The Benriner Turning Slicer

This handy gadget is actually part of a family of Japanese vegetable slicers. This version makes spiral or ribbon shaped slices of any firm vegetable.

This is the same model that Emeril uses when preparing a variety of "potato crusted" recipes. There are smaller versions but we find this one to be the most durable and easy to use. The video below, produced by MTC shows us how to use the slicer.

How To Use A Turning Slicer

A vegetable such as a potato is speared onto the pronged end then wedged between the facing plate. You turn the handle and you get perfect spiral slices of vegetable. You can use this tool with cucumber, zucchini, onions, carrots daikon, any firm vegetable, even a small cabbage.
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Turning Slicer Uses

Like any other "mandolin" style slicers the various blades can be used for many types of slicing chores.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Potato "nests" - Use the fine blade and shred a potato into fine strands.  Drop a pile of strands into hot oil and quickly fry to a golden brown. Remove using a spider skimmer.  Drain on paper toweling.
  • Finely shred root vegetables such as carrots and beets for salads or use a "raw pasta".
  • Make Crispy Lacey Potato Latkes for Hanukkah (or any occasion)
  • Fry up some crispy sweet potato curls.  Use the same blade as you would for making potato nests, use sweet potatoes instead.  Fry in individual-sized piles. Serve with grilled meats, like steak and fries.

 

Zucchini "Pasta" Pesto

We used this slicer to make a beautiful raw zucchini "pasta".  If you are not a vegetarian and you're thinking to yourself "YUCK" you really should give this a try.  This is a great use for your fresh summer zucchini.  Simply make your favorite pesto recipe (here is our favorite pesto recipe).  Then, use the thin blade, insert a zucchini and turn the handle to produce a beautiful mound of thin zucchini strands.  Place the strands in a bowl, top with room-temperature pesto and toss gently then serve.

Product Specifications

This model is sold as a set with a flat blade and 3 "comb" blades (coarse, medium and fine teeth). The handle is stainless steel and the body is heavy duty ABS and Nylon resin. Heat resistant up to 70 degrees Celsius. No assembly required. A good quality tool, made in Japan. Beware, there is an identical "looking" product, made in China but of a substantially lesser quality. The plastic is not high-impact and the blades will dull quickly.

Fine Blade
Use for shredding carrots

Medium Blade
Shred Daikon for Sashimi or salads. Also use for slicing potatoes.

Coarse Blade
Slice onions for hamburgers. Also use for slicing potatoes.

Flat Blade
Slice whole cabbage, potatoes, Daikon paper thin slices

Where To Buy

Buy these slicers in some specialty kitchen shops or Asian markets.  Available online at GourmetSleuth.com.

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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.