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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.

6 thoughts on “Kitchen Gadgets – Onion Chopper”

  1. Monica Soroka says:

    I have the pampered chef onion chopper but I also have the progressive onion chopper from bed bath and beyond. I use the one from bed bath and beyond when I am making bruschetta or salsa… I even use it on the tomatoes. It produces restaurant quality- chops. LOL Here’s a link to the chopper:

    Or…. Sometimes I don’t want to bother with the clean-up process using the choppers so I do it the old fashioned way- with a knife. My trick to keep me from crying is to light a candle. I keep a medium sized yankee candle in my kitchen.

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you for the link to the onion chopper from Bed Bath and Beyond. I am checking it out.
    So, if burning a candle while chopping onions will keep my from crying over them, then I will definitely try it. It will also deodorize the house at the same time….onions could be quite pungent.

  3. Pat Jason says:

    I have a very small kitchen with only 3 drawers, so I can’t really store an onion chopper. I do have one fantastic knife, a Usubu Japanese knife. I learned about it from Yan Can Cook. It costs about $50 and when I use it to chop onions, I don’t cry any more. I take off the skin and then cut the onion in half longitudinally. I leave the root end on until the end. The half onion sits nicely on my board and I make a couple of slices parallel to the board toward the root end, but I stop before I cut the slice off. The onion is still intact. Then I make a couple of slices from top to bottom the long way. The last step is to cut off thin slices from top to bottom the short way. They stick to the knife and I slide them off into a bowl by sliding the knife along the rim of the bowl. Using a scraper, I pour the onions in the bowl into my frying pan. This way I don’t need any new gadget, but I do have an expensive knife and an expensive frying pan that I use for everything.

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you so much for sharing you onion cutting technique. Sounds like you have it figured out to a science. Actually I also am able to slice onions that way, but they seem to slip out of my grip, so I like my onion chopper. I have to try leaving the send stem in the onion, to test if it will decrease my crying.

  5. laura says:

    Where is the blue onion chopper you have from? It looks really good and i’m thinking about getting it? Thanks.

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    I received it as a gift, but it was purchased from one of those magazines that everyone randomly receives in the mail.

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