Pimp My Kitchen: Chop Wizard

by Rachel on March 9, 2010

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.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Manon March 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

I have one and loooooooooooooove it! I’m a total salsa whore, so I use it all the time in the summer when I’m running my salsa factory out of my kitchen. And, I use it for everything else too….I’m pretty sure I’d be down to only one or two fingers if I didn’t have it……

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2 Janna (Just Flourishing) March 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

I reallllly want one! I HATE chopping veggies! Come to think of it, I want a magic bullet too.

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3 Rachel March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Janna omg, the Magic Bullet is hands-down my CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT cooking tool.

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4 Maggie March 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

My grandma bought my mom one of these and I love using it at their house. Plus it has the measuring lines on the side so it’s great for following a recipe.

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5 jenn March 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

Too funny – when I saw your tabbouleh recipe I thought to myself “That looks great but I really HATE chopping veggies so will never make that!”.
Question – I’m afraid of a mandolin because I’ve heard it’s easy to chop up your hand. Is that a problem with this? Also, can it go in the dishwasher (since that’s the best part of my magic bullet!)

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6 Rachel March 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

Hmm…well I have never used a mandolin but that definitely scares me. I can barely handle grating!

And yes, the Wizard is dishwasher safe!! Definitely a bonus!!

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7 Teri [a foodie stays fit] March 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I also HATE chopping veggies. I’ve seen that gadget on TV and thought it seemed to good to be true…but now I really want it.

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8 Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/) March 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Same thing happened here! My mom got the chopper, loved it, so bought me one! It is great for onions- LOVE to get those cut and out of the way as fast as humanly possible!

~Christie

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9 Rachel March 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Chopping onions is SERIOUSLY the worst task! I hate doing it; I just need to suck it up and throw them in the chopper and be done with it!

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10 Marlena March 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I LOVE my Vidalia Onion Chopper!!! I don’t know how people can chop their veggies so perfect in such a small amount of time without cutting themselves! I’m so glad I have one. Now I want a Magic Bullet because I hear it’s a must-have too.

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11 Ann January 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Rachel, thanks so much for posting this. I just bought one and used it today for the first time. I LOVE this chopper! It will really save tons of time in the kitchen. Your recommendation is what made me want to buy this. Thanks again!

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12 Rachel January 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

Oh awesome!! Glad you like it!

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