What the heck is a Bluffton (OHIO) slaw cutter?


Step aside, Cuisinart. You’ve been replaced in the slaw cutting business in our household. Not to worry — we’ll still use you for making walnut butter.

But when it comes to shredding and grating, we pull out our trusty, never-breaks-down Bluffton slaw cutters. Not familiar with them? Well hey, here’s a link to the Bluffton Slaw Cutter Company’s site: http://www.blufftonslawcutter.com/default.htm. The company’s been around since 1915. Over the years, many Bluffton University (FKA College) business department students cut their teeth (no pun intended) on the world of business by running the company under the direction of their prof, the late Dr. Howard Raid.

In our house, they’re used for many things — shredding vegetables, slicing cheese and potatoes. With the right cutter, you can make really thin slices of potatoes for frying. (See video above.)

Ironically, it has come to my attention that some Bluffton alums spent four years on campus and never met a Bluffton slaw cutter. Trust me, if they had, they’d have them in their kitchens today, and they’d be giving them as shower and wedding gifts like we do. In fact, one friend recently saw one for sale on Ebay. Ebay? Dr. Raid would never believe that…or on the other hand, he’d probably applaud the seller for putting Bluffton up front and central.

A word of caution to new users: If your slaw cutters are new ones — fresh out of the packaging, be careful. They’re sharp. Really sharp. Which is why they work so well. But you need to watch your knuckles. Take it from one who knows. In fact, that’s the reason the fine etched print on the cutter says to use the palm of the hand to guide what is being cut.

Oh, and one more thing…they’re very easy to rinse off — no need for a dishwasher!

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3 responses to “What the heck is a Bluffton (OHIO) slaw cutter?

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