Back in the days when women were responsible for preserving the harvest to see their families through the lean times, these cabbage shredders were commonplace in the kitchen. They are the authentic Krauthobel or mandoline, an old world utensil with a sliding box, traditionally used for making sauerkraut. Just drop the cabbage into the slidebox and slide back and forth to quickly and easily shred cabbage. Our cabbage shredder has been made to last. It is made of solid beechwood, with 3 razor sharp stainless steel blades which are gently serrated so sharpening isn’t required. The slide box is positioned in a routed channel and is easily slid back and forth. This cabbage shredder allows you to shred a quarter of a cabbage at a time.
Dimensions: 40 cm x 15 cm
Taking Care of Your Cabbage Shredder
To get maximum life from your cabbage shredder, we recommend you oil it with a food grade oil before its first use, then on a regular basis afterwards. Rice bran oil is a good choice of oil as it doesn’t go rancid. You can rub it all over with an oily rag, or you can actually soak the shredder in oil before the first use, particularly if you live in a very dry area. You can see the oil being absorbed. Just make sure you wipe off the excess oil before using the shredder.
Using Your Cabbage Shredder
The cabbage shredder is a very sharp instrument, and needs to be handled with care. Keep your finger tips and knuckles away from the blades otherwise you will cut yourself. My husband and I protect ourselves with different methods. I remove the guard completely, but only grate the cabbage to the last few leaves, which I use as protection. I then slice this cabbage by hand. My husband has fashioned himself a little square block with a handle which he places on the cabbage inside the guard. He then uses the block to keep his fingers away from the blades. Either method works, or even using the guard on its own, but the most important thing to remember is to not lose concentration while you are shredding the cabbage, and to keep your fingers away from the blades.