Cheating in the Kitchen with My Vegetable Chopper

November 12, 2012 · 6 comments · Print This Post

in Products, To Buy / To Try

When I have to make recipes that require a whole lot of the above to be chopped into uniform bits I have to confess, I pull out my vegetable chopper. I know it’s a tool that is looked down on by many, but I absolutely adore this silly gadget. CK’s grandmother actually gave me my first one years ago which I used and used until I broke it. Note to self: don’t try to impatiently dice large chunks of potatoes when you’re in a grumpy mood.  After that mistake I replaced it with this version from Williams-Sonoma. It’s a tad fancier than my orignal chopper as it boasts four different styles: a large dice, a small dice, a slice, and a mince.

If you don’t own one of these genius little time savers then I’d encourage you to give it a try. If you’re embarrassed that someone will find out you’ve been cheating on your fancy chef’s knives with this slick contraption rest assured. No one has to know. What goes down in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen. Especially if you quickly pop this little guy in the top rack of the dishwasher before everyone gets home.

Do you have any “secret” kitchen gadgets that you care to confess to owning and loving? Garlic presses? Avocado slicers? Don’t leave me hanging.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda November 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I love my chopper. When you have a mountain of veggies the chopper is the way to go.

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2 Rebecca November 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

I have never seen such a magical contraption…. you have me intrigued!

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3 Sharon H November 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

My favorite gadget is my Rösle garlic press. Not only does it make crushing garlic a breeze, even with painful arthritic hands, but whirl cleaning the stainless steel press under running water all traces of that lovely garlic scent are magically erased from my hands! Of course since it’s dishwasher safe that isn’t necessary, but I prefer my garlic aroma on my food, not my hands, so always do the rinse routine anyway.

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4 ErinCapuchino November 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

I have this thing I found at a local MOPs rummage sale its from the 50′s its called a Mouli Salad Maker. You toss whatever you want to shred, grade or slice in it, give it a twirl and out it comes all nice an neat. Makes the Cranberry Salsa faster. It even came with the original little book, I am tempted to see what happen if I send 5 cents in for a new slicer :).

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5 Nicole November 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’ve never used one of these, but I am definitely a fan of kitchen gadgets! I think I might take advice from Sharon H about the Rosle garlic press – mine is TERRIBLE!

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6 Julia Barrett November 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Ooooh, I like this. Might have to get one. Too bad I don’t work part time at Williams Sonoma any more! I have a small ice cream scoop for making drop cookies.

My mini-mandolin (hand held) from Crate &Barrell is great for thin round slices of zucchini, yellow squash and carrots for pasta primavera. Makes the veggies so thin so all you have to do is blanche them in the pasta water and they are done.

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