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Old 02-27-2013, 12:04 AM   #16
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My MIL gave us one of those a couple of years ago, I love it for any time I need to do a large amount of chopping (the measured container is a big plus in my book).
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:19 AM   #17
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i dont buy things from fancy rich people websites i am a redneck . i use a meat cleaver and a chopping board which works fine . but i appreciaate seeing william -sonoma for one time where rich people shop. ill stick to amazon.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:22 AM   #18
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i dont buy things from fancy rich people websites i am a redneck . i use a meat cleaver and a chopping board which works fine . but i appreciaate seeing william -sonoma for one time where rich people shop. ill stick to amazon.
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Actually, the one my MIL gave us was a "as seen on TV" from her local Pamida store.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:31 AM   #19
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Frankly, I have started using a chef's "kevlar" glove for trimming, slicing and mandolining. My food service glove fits right over it and I know unless I go straight at my hand I am safe. I get enough ripped up fingers from woodworking.....gimme a break!
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:29 AM   #20
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I can cook, I own good knives, but my knife skills are average, at best. I can do rough cutting, like you do on big hunks of meat. I can butcher.

When it comes to dicing onions and celery and such, I can do it, but slowly and not very well. I watch chefs on FoodTV dice up an onion in a matter of seconds, and know there is no farking way I'm going to get there, with all my fingers.

I'm not a big Williams-Sanoma shopper, but I had a gift certificate, and used it for one of these...

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...oMerchRules-_-

I love it. I can slice and dice like a farking pro, and not cut off a digit.

It was thirty bucks. It works. I'm not ashamed to say I use it, almost daily.

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Sounds like a useful tool.


I need diced onions and peppers for all sorts of stuff....saving time is a good thing.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:26 AM   #21
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We use our's alot, works great.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:56 AM   #22
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The store clerk at WS showed me how to use it. You don't want to pound it like a caveman, but give it three to five hits with your fist. Play with it. You will figure it out in minutes.

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:47 AM   #23
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My mom gave me a WS chopper for Christmas a couple of years ago. She loved hers so much she got two. I didn't use it for awhile, but when I started I didn't stop. I love it now. It is great for making soup, chili, salsa, or anything that you are trying to get equal size cuts from different veggies. Easy to clean and use.

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:33 AM   #24
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Marty, I am shocked, you are the last person I would ever have imagined would use a Kevlar glove in the kitchen.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:42 AM   #25
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That's ... that's .....

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It takes a brave man to admit their skills lack in any area so props to you for that.

I'm reminded of the scene from "Julie and Julia" where Julia Child had a pile of onions about 2 feet high from practicing chopping them. My sister's a pro (CIA grad) and I know that's one of the skills she had to learn. And yet I'd be very surprised if anyone doing it for a living used anything but an industrial strength version of what you find so useful.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:44 AM   #26
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I have seen them at the kitchen store outlet malls. These are available at bed bath and beyond also. They are available in several sizes.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:54 AM   #27
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That looks like a very useful tool, but for me
the chopping of the veggies by hand with a
knife is fun and very therapeutic....
as with any learned skill set, practice and patience is key....
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Hank, your conjecture about the use of choppers would be spot on for many mud-level restaurants. The large chains use pre-chopped and bagged aromatics. Most fine dining kitchens and Chinese/Asian kitchens break down whole vegetables. Knife skills is how every new chef is evaluated. I can break down and chop and onion to a fine dice in less than 2 minutes, and I am slow now. A trained chef will be faster with a knife than one of these units.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:35 AM   #29
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My wife got me a Bron Mandoline few years ago. Works great, looks cool. Still prefer using a knife though. Sharp knives and fire baby, that's how I roll.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:47 AM   #30
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Those are great. When I dehydrate a bushel or two of vegetables like bell peppers, it is important for drying times that the pieces are the same size. So I found one of these and it works pretty good so far.
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