Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chopping Device

I like to chop things, using and improving on my knife skills (see my earlier post "Knife Skills"). But not nuts or chocolate, which fly all over the kitchen where our dog can get them (and chocolate, of course, is dangerous for dogs). So I was intrigued to see Michael Chiarello use this chopping device on Easy Entertaining for a variety of things: nuts, garlic, parsley, mint. After all, if a real chef can use it, why can't I? Well, I bought one for only $14.95, and can report that it is great for nuts (see toasted hazelnuts pictured above), very good for garlic, and okay for parsley, mint and scallions. Cleaning is not difficult but there are a lot of parts, so I wouldn't use it for less than four cloves of garlic or 1/4 cup of greens. I haven't used it for chocolate yet: I try to buy it in chips so I don't have to chop it. The bottom line: a useful gadget that is cheap and doesn't take up much room. There are a number of brands, and some may be even better than the KitchenAid, but I can only vouch for this one.

Bobby Jay

1 comment:

Ordinary Servant said...

I have to get myself one of those delightful gadgets. Thanks for sharing your expertise with all of us. You're the king!