You know how much I love stuff that’s seen on TV (almost as much as my brother Preston does). Why? Because this stuff so often works! I mean, a lot of times, it’s ridiculous, and watching someone struggle to cook an egg in the microwave is laughable, but so often these products do solve real problems!
I realized I have one great ASOTV product I’ve never shared here: the Vidalia Chop Wizard. My mom bought this veggie chopper for me a few years ago for Christmas because she had bought one for herself and was so impressed.
It comes with two different sizes for dicing and you can use it for dicing veggies. (I’m sure they’ll give you a million other things you can dice with it too, but I just use it for veggies.) I hate, hate, hate cutting vegetables; when it comes time to do that, I am like the person in the infomercial, struggling to wield my knife, wiping sweat off my brow, cutting my fingers. So if I’m making a recipe that calls for a lot tiny veggies, I always bust out the chopper.
I used it over the weekend since I was making tabbouleh and needed diced tomatoes and cucumbers. I cut the cucumber into smaller pieces before placing it on the chopping surface.
Then all you do is slam the lid down. It makes an incredibly satisfying banging noise each time.
And just like that, you have pretty, neatly-diced vegetables!
This is definitely a tool I should use more to pre-chop veggies as soon as I buy them. It’s so nice to have salad or stir-fry ingredients ready to go without having to worry about chopping them. (And I hate having to cut my salad even smaller when it’s time to eat.) It’s a worthwhile Sunday activity…and all the slamming is a really great time!
The other blade has teeeeeny squares, so you get minced veggies. This is really nice for peppers for omelets. We’ve also used the chopper to make litte fruit cubes for fruit salad — this looks really nice for parties (especially if you mix in some fruits done with a melon baller) and it’s easier to eat with plastic utensils than huge chunks of fruit.
It also makes a really great gift. I know we’ve given it to a lot of people; most people eat veggies and can use it. If I had a mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, I’d totally buy them all this, and they’d love me for it.
One word of caution: like my all-time favorite product the Magic Bullet, this is one product where you cannot get the generic brand! We know for a fact that this will lead to failures and you will end up wanting to original. But if you look like the “Still struggling to cut veggies?” girl in the infomercial, I definitely recommend it.