The One Gadget You Need To Save Time In The Kitchen

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I’m all about simplifying the work of homemaking wherever and whenever I can. Because let’s face it, there’s barely enough time in the day to get it all done to begin with!

So when I come across something that seems like it could save me some time or effort, I’m more than willing to give it a try. And that’s exactly what I did when our photographer Kaitlyn told us about the new food chopper she was using at home!

She spoke so highly of it that I ordered one for myself. Little did I know it would soon become my new favorite kitchen gadget! :-)

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My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Chef’n VeggiChop Food Chopper

Meet my new best friend in the kitchen, the Chef’n VeggiChop hand-powered food chopper. It makes short work of chopping onions or garlic, and you can even use it make guacamole in record time!

Since I got this handy new gadget a couple of weeks ago, I’ve found myself using almost daily for some task or another! Here are just a few of the reasons why I’m over the moon about this little guy:

5 Reasons Why I Love This Food Chopper

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1. No Plug Or Batteries

One notable feature that sets this chopper apart from other small food processors is that this one is hand-powered. There’s no plug and no battery compartment, just a handle attached to a pull cord!

But don’t let the “hand-powered” label fool you—this little chopper packs a serious punch! The blades whip around with more than enough force to chop up hard things like big chunks of veggies, nuts, and even ice!

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2. Easy To Use

I have more that enough complex gadgets at home already, so it’s nice to have one that couldn’t be easier to use! All I have to do is put the food in the chopper cup, put the lid on, and pull the cord a few times!

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3. Dishwasher-Safe

The VeggiChop has four main parts: the bowl, the blades, a storage lid, and the lid with the pull cord and handle. When it’s time to clean it, the bowl, the blades, and the storage lid can all go right into the top rack of your dishwasher!

Due to the pull cord in the main lid, it needs to be cleaned a bit more carefully. Most of the time you only need to wipe it down with a damp rag, but you can use a sponge and a bit of soapy water if you’re dealing with a stubborn bit of stuck-on food. (Just avoid submerging the lid in water, because it will shorten the lifespan of the pull cord!)

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4. Airtight Lid

As I mentioned before, the VeggiChop includes an airtight storage lid! It’s great for storing extra guac or salsa in the fridge without the need to get another bowl or container dirty.

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5. Saves Time

When it comes to knife skills, I have enough to get by… just not very quickly! ;-) So using this food chopper to chop an onion and a few cloves a garlic for dinner ends up saving me a lot of time and effort!

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In fact, this food chopper is such a time-saver for me that I’ve actually been cooking more since I got it! The knowledge that I won’t have to spend 15 minutes chopping up ingredients has already prevented me from throwing in the towel and ordering delivery more than once.

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If you’re looking for a gadget that can save you some time and effort in the kitchen, I definitely recommend giving the Chef’n VeggiChop a try! This little gadget might just be the game-changing gizmo you never knew you needed. :-)

What’s your current favorite kitchen gadget, and why?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I bought a chopper very much like this one (same brand I think but with a handle and black instead of green) in my search for a glass-bowl food processor. I can confirm that it works great for chopping mushrooms, garlic, etc. into itty-bitty pieces, depending on how many times I pull the cord and provided I turn it upside-down and shake it a little to redistribute the pieces so that they chop evenly. The main drawback is that it’s still not a blender, so if I’m making something that needs to have a smooth texture (like hummus) I have to figure something else out. But it’s a breeze to clean and assemble, and definitely a time-saver!

  • I purchased an electric mini chopper years ago and loved it so much that I bought a couple more for $5 each on a Black Friday sale! I’m currently using the last one because the bowl or the lid ends up warping in the dishwasher. The main thing I don’t like about it is the electric cord is super short, so it’s hard to use because I’m short too, so I have to reach pretty far to use it! I love the idea of one with a pull cord, thanks for sharing Jillee!!

  • Thank you Jillee! I have Essential Tremor and it has made me fearful of cutting with a sharp knife. I can’t wait to try this. Also, I could see my grandson enjoying making guacamole and salsa.

      • What is the lifespan of the pull cord, is my only question? I love the idea of this non-electric

      • When I first got mine I thought that I would like it. Never did learn the sweet spot for semi-uniform pieces. My first one lasted about a year with extremely INfrequent use. My second one lasted a couple of years with low use & extreme care with the lid. However, I put the container in the dishwasher and it warped. I had my old back up that I kept, thankfully. Ended up getting rid of it.

        I disagree with it being easy to pull. Sure, if you are healthy, but for those with mobility problems with hands or back & shoulder problems it can take a little effort. And really, by the time that you cut your vege to fit into it you might as well just finish the job and get nice uniform pieces. I found having my small Ninja (but a tad bigger than the chopper) on the counter and ready to go much easier. That survives the dishwasher too.

      • Oh thank you Kennedy. I am a mess physically and wondered that exact thing. I have much difficulty with cooking. I don’t put things such as that in dishwasher anyway, even if it says can. I guess I won’t be investing in this after all.

      • That was what I wondered. I have been having much difficulty with my hand. I have been in therapy for 4 months trying to get it back to normal. I just may have to invest in this one.

  • I just got gifted a Tupperware chopper and cannot thank the giver enough. I have stellar chopping skills, everything in perfect squares…but also have an injury that means chopping hurts. Mine has a handle that I turn, so fast and easy and I don’t even care that not perfect squares.

  • This might be okay …BUT with just one arm I can’t use. It is worthless and anyone with little strength it wouldn’t work either….I will stay with my electric chopper!!

  • I have a wonderful Breville chopper that I can’t imagine living without. I use it practically every day. Have had it for years, never let me down and is still going strong. I use it mostly for onion and garlic but is great for nuts as well.

  • Cool. My mom uses a device for chopping that she bought a few years ago from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’m not if it’s called a chopper. It has 2 parts. One area you put stuff in and the other lid part has chopping blades. Her sister had raved about it years ago. Mom has given this to some of my siblings. I did show her the cool device Jillee was talking about. I think what we have at home is called the chopper.

  • I’ve had one for years and I love it. Chops ham onions pickles mayo to make fast ham salad. Egg salad . The more you pull finer things in it get. Handle on pull cord different like handle on lawn mower but I’d be lost with out it.

  • I have had an electric chopper for 25 years or more. The same one. I don’t know what I would do without it. I chop everything in it. I use it more than I do my blender.

  • I’m not really a fan of most kitchen gadgets. You have to chop the veggies up to put them inside this chopper. I’d rather go ahead and finish chopping them myself. My favorite kitchen gadget is really a simple kitchen item – my 8 cup clear glass Pyrex measuring cup.You can measure multiple ingredients in it and even microwave in it without messing up another bowl.

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