Food chopper is designed to do exactly as their name suggests—chop food so that you don’t have to. If you’re making a dish that requires lots of chopping, such as salsa, chutney, or soup, then a chopper can make quick work of these ingredients, leaving you with more free time. Food choppers are also handy for slicing up hard-to-chop ingredients like nuts, herbs, and cooked meat.
Whether electric or manual, a food chopper can cut your food preparation time and help you get to the serving stage sooner. Options range from hand-slap, spring-blade choppers to fancy electric models.
Types of Food Choppers
There are a number of different types of food choppers to suit your needs and budget. They all fit into two categories:
Using a Food Chopper
Now the question is how is it useful
Since food choppers are small, you often have to downsize vegetable portions accordingly before chopping. Larger veggies like onions should be cut into quarters for best results before chopping.
- Chopping onions, celery, garlic, and carrots for soups, stews, and other dishes
- Dicing fresh herbs for sauces and dips
- Making salsas, condiments, and dressings
- Chopping nuts for baking or garnish
- Making breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs
Cleaning and Maintenance
It’s important to read the manual for your specific food chopper and follow the guidelines for maintenance. Choppers tend to be easiest to clean right after use, and most are at least partly dishwasher safe. Make sure the unit is completely dry before putting away to resist any rust.