Last week when I introduced my new series, Mission: Appliances, I found myself getting very excited! I can’t wait to wipe the dust off my nifty kitchen gadgets and find creative ways to use them. This first week was no exception.
I decided to kick off the series with one of my simpler appliances, a small food chopper. The one I own is officially the Proctor Silex Food Chopper. It is quite compact, not to mention pretty inexpensive. This particular appliance is one I married into and we think my mother-in-law bought it for my husband as a gift.
Food Chopper Vital Statistics
- Brand: Proctor-Silex
- Average Price: $16
- Capacity: 1.5 cups
- Size: 8 X 5 X 4 inches
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Complexity: Very easy to use
- Versatility: Can chop bread, crackers, cookies, nuts, veggies, fruits, and herbs
- Cleaning: Very easy to clean, also dishwasher safe
- Storage: Stores easily on a shelf or can be left out on the counter
- Safety Tips: Chopping blade is very sharp
- Pre-series Location: High cupboard (requires a chair to reach)
- Pre-series Use Level: Never used
Project Food Chopper
One of the reasons I decided to start with the food chopper was because I had a meal planned last week that required a fair amount of chopping: onions, roasted red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes. I started with the onions.
Unfortunately you can’t just throw the entire onion in there because it is just too small. The instruction manual said to chop it up into 1-inch pieces. I still consider that a fair amount of leg work on my part, but the chopper did chop A LOT more finely than I ever would.
These particular red peppers come packaged in a glass bottle because they are roasted and packed in oil. Therefore, you can just throw the whole pieces right into the chopper. I found that the end result would be great for a sauce or even a dip, because the peppers became pretty minced. However, many recipes would probably prefer slightly larger pieces.
The sun-dried tomatoes were by far the selling point for me. I took them out of the package, threw them in the chopper and after 5 seconds I had a perfect little pile of pieces. In the past, cutting up sun-dried tomatoes was very tedious and slow because of the texture. But the food chopper came through and did a great job!
I really liked using the food chopper overall! It’s small, VERY fast, and easy to clean. I’ve decided to leave it out on the counter for now since putting it on a cupboard shelf only accessible by standing on a chair just means I may never use it. I’m a big stickler when it comes to cluttered kitchen counter tops, but this device is small enough that it doesn’t seem to have an impact on space. My hope is to use it more regularly in the future.
Do you own a food chopper? How often do you use it?