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Kitchen Gadgets – Onion Chopper

cA while back, I have mentioned that I attended a Pampered Chef party, my daughter was hosting, and bought an onion chopper (yes, another one…).  This is my third onion chopper.  I  do chop lots of onions for my cooking, but that is not the reason for my third onion chopper. I am still searching for an improved version of a chopper, to ease my job.

Today I will share my opinion about all of my current onion choppers, and would love to hear from you, about your favorite onion chopper.

I would also like to know if there is a way to chop onions without crying over them. I love sauteed onions, but I always cry when I chop the raw onions.  I heard many tips on handling onions, without crying, but so far none of them worked for me.

Please share your tips, to make onion chopping a more pleasant experience for me, and for all of our onion chopping readers.

Chopper by Pampered Chef - parts

This is my most current onion chopper by Pampered Chef (also in the top picture).  This chopper is great since, as you can see, it comes apart so nicely, for easy cleaning.  It contains a handy container with a removable bottom, for chopping and collecting the chopped onions.  It is very user friendly, since all you do is repeatedly pounce on the top nob, which makes the blades rotate, and chop the onions placed in the closed bottom container.

You still need to peel the onion, remove the core, and cut it into quarters, at least, for faster chopping.  This chopper is very handy, and does cut down on my “crying on the job”. I highly recommend it.

Onion Chopper- crank operated- fully assembled

Here is one, I received from my sister-in-law (before I bought the Pampered Chef one), and I really like it, because it chops the onions so evenly, actually better than the one above, but it is not very well engineered.

The top section is not attached to the bottom section, so it is kind of awkward to keep on turning the crank to chop the onions, and at the same time try to push down the onions toward the blades, and to hold the two pieces together.  But I love it any way.  Maybe because it was fee, and as the old saying goes, “you should not look a gift horse on his teeth”.

Onion Chopper- crank operatedOnion Chopper- crank operated - semi assembled

Here you have a close up view of the simple construction of the onion chopper.  Notice how freely the blade assembly sits on the bottom container, and the upper part just lo0sly fits over it, rather than snap on tightly.  However, the blades are very sharp, and make the onion chopping job a breeze.  The bottom container collects the chopped onions, and the bottom lid opens up for easy emptying.

Onion Chopper- manual 4 blade Onion Chopper- manual 4 blade - open view

This is my first ever onion chopper. Yes, they used to make a glass jar, rather than all plastic, and the chopping mechanism is similar to the Pampered Chef ‘s, but the blades are much simpler, and smaller, thus do not chop as well as the other two choppers.  One would also pounce the protruding top nob, which pushes the blades down, to do the chopping.  The pumping motion of the handle does not rotate the blades, like in Pampered Chef, so the glass jar needs to be rotated to make sure all the onions are being chopped evenly.  Not the best, but it was better than chopping onions the usual way, on a cutting board, and crying profusely at the same time.

So, here you have it.

Please share your onion chopping stories with us.

TIP: Check out the comments, please. One of my readers suggested to burn a candle, while chopping onions.  I will definitely try this trick.

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