A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be “picked at random” in a drawing at The Kitchn … the prize? One of twelve VeggiChops, a hand-powered food processor from Chef’N. I wasn’t really sure from the pictures how this thing worked, but once you have it in your hands, it becomes pretty apparent. Also, it’s apparent that I need to clean the grout between our kitchen tiles. Yikes.
The green ring at the top of the lid flips out and you pull it like you’re starting a lawnmower to rotate the blades within. The device itself is relatively small; you’re probably not going to use this to make salsa for a huge dinner party.
Out of the box, there’s not many parts: the bowl, the lid with lawnmower pull, the rotating blades (with plastic guard — safety first!), and finally a small ring you can place below the blades for use in chopping herbs — the ring has an arm that keeps the herbs high enough off the bottom of the bowl so they reach the blades.
So how’d it work? I needed to make some pico de gallo for fajitas a few days ago, so I thought I’d put the VeggiChop to the test. One thing I always thought was odd with these devices is that you have to cut the vegetables to a certain size to fit them in the bowl in the first place, so why not just keep using the knife you already have out? Well, one benefit I found is that I didn’t end up with a bunch of tomato guts to clean up off the cutting board. Since I only had to quarter the tomatoes, not much pulp escaped. I placed the tomatoes, along with onion, cilantro, and 1/2 a jalapeño, and gave a pull. Hey, that was easy — it’s chopping! By the fifth or sixth pull, everything was at the size and consistency I wanted. Just added a little salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice and I was good to go. It was the perfect amount for the two of us.
So, it works as advertised. One drawback to doing everything at once is that all the pieces end up the same size: I usually mince my jalapeños in when I make pico de gallo, and here they were pretty good size chunks. I could see using this to quickly chop a bunch of vegetables for soups or stews; the lawnmower pull makes pretty quick work of things.
This would be great for someone who doesn’t have a lot of room in the kitchen — or hey, lower your carbon footprint by using this guy instead of an electric food processor!
Are we going to do our quotes on this post?
I wasn’t planning on it, why?
Because I really like that pico!
Okay, then, we’ll do the quotes.
Well, I kinda just said everything I wanted to.
Oh. Well then. Um… “Thanks for the free stuff, thekitchn!”