Food choppers are becoming increasingly popular tools with the general public. And there’s a good reason why that’s the case. These tools allow people to easily process fruits and vegetables without the consumer having to spend a tedious amount of time doing it by hand. Food choppers also eliminate the need for the consumer to have knife skills, so they don’t have to worry about handling knives and potentially cutting themselves while they’re trying to process their food.
Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people who may not be familiar with food choppers or who don’t realize what these tools could do for their cooking prep. That’s why we’ve decided to write this concise yet informative guide on the subject. This guide is everything a person could want to know about food choppers and how they can incorporate them into their lives. Hopefully, this guide will give everyone who reads it the inspiration to go out and buy a great food chopper for their home.
What Exactly Is A Hand/Food Chopper?
The first thing that we’re going to do in this guide is to present our readers with an accurate definition of what constitutes a food chopper. As the name would suggest, these tools are designed to chop up food so that they can be used in soups, salsa, for burgers or sandwiches, or for any other purpose that a person might need smaller pieces of fruit, nuts, or vegetables. Some of the choppers process these foods using only the person’s manual power and others are electric.
The Benefits Of Food Choppers
Why are food choppers a kitchen appliance that everyone should have in their homes? It’s because these devices handle most of the work that people have to do to prepare their fruits, vegetable, and nuts for cooking. Below are just a small handful of the benefits of using food choppers.
- They reduce the cook’s amount of prep work.
- They make less mess than chopping by hand.
- They reduce waste by cutting more of the food items.
- They can handle a variety of different types of foods.
The Different Types Of Food Choppers
The next thing that we’re going to talk about is some of the different types of food choppers that are available for purchase. Food choppers come in a variety of different sizes and styles, so it’s important for the consumer to choose the one that works the best for them. To help them do that, we’ve included some of the basic food chopper styles that currently exist nowadays.
Just about everyone should be familiar with blenders, but these devices don’t so much as chop food as they blend and mix them. However, there are some blenders that feature chopping attachments, so it’s fair to include these in our list of food choppers.
Another type of food chopper is the infamous slap-chopper. These devices cover the food that’s to be chopped and then cuts it with blades when the user slaps the top of the unit and drives the blades through the food. These are designed for a small amount of dicing or chopping but aren’t very good for handling a large amount of chopping.
The mandoline allows the user to move vegetables over a set of cutting blades to cut them. Some of them are standalone models and others attach to a bowl so the cut pieces of veggies are easily contained. These models come in a wide variety of styles—from stainless steel large-volume models to smaller-volume plastic models.
Electric Food Processors
Most people are also familiar with food processors. These models do much of the same work as food choppers, except their powered by electricity and not by hand power. These models come in a wide variety of different styles and price points as well. However, they usually end up being significantly more expensive than standard food choppers.
Scrapers Or Mix-And-Chop Models
Scrapers and Mix-N-Chop models can also be used for chopping food. These devices require more work, but they’re usually the least expensive option available.
Taking Care Of Your Food Chopper
Although it’s nearly impossible to cover the care-instructions of every single food chopper sold nowadays, we can go over some tips that will help the consumer get more service out of their food chopper and ensure that it lasts them a long time. With that said, below are some general food chopper care tips we think everyone can appreciate.
- Always read the product’s instruction and care-guide.
- Avoid using bleach on food choppers as they may pit the surface of the blades.
- Never leave your food chopper submerged in water.
- Make sure to clean the manual food chopper after each use in warm, soapy water.
Choosing A Food Chopper Model
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics about food choppers, it’s time to spend a few moments on talking about how a person can buy the best food chopper for their needs. Below are some things that everyone shopping for one of these food choppers is going to want to consider before moving forward on a purchase.
Think About The Features Needed
One of the first things that a person should think about when choosing a new food chopper is what they expect it to do. Do they need a model that only chops small portions of food? If so, then a slap-chopper might be the one for them. Maybe they need a model that can do everything from chop veggies to grating them. If so, then a mandoline might be the tool they need.
Think About The Chopper’s Size
Another thing to think about is the size of the food chopper. Some of these tools are designed for handling a small number of fruits and veggies, while others are designed for restaurant use and thereby can handle a large volume. Choose the size that’s appropriate for your needs so you don’t spend more than you have to or don’t end up with a machine that’s much smaller or larger than what you need.