I love cooking with fresh veggies but sometimes they’re a pain in the butt to prepare. I’ll be honest! I really I wish I had a magical fairy godmother that would come and wave her magic wand and make the time consuming tasks disappear!! Obviously I don’t have a fairy godmother (please share your secret if you do!), so I have the next best thing. I’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to make chopping veggies easier. Now, I will say, you don’t need to have any of these items in your kitchen to function. No one will judge you if you don’t have them, BUT they do make life SO much easier!
A Mandoline. I’m starting the list with a new love of mine. I was just recently given a mandolin by Briefton and I love it! It’s great for slicing veggies for salads, and it has a bunch of different blades, so it can do everything from thick slices of cucumbers to grating cheese really finely. It also has a clear tray that’s really nice for showing how much you’ve chopped so you don’t go crazy over chopping! Thanks Briefton for giving me a wonderful new kitchen addition in exchange for talking about it honestly on my blog.
A Food Processor. I love food processors for making smooth sauces like pestos and hummus (check out my Avocado Pesto to see an example of what a food processor can really do!). However, they are not just for sauces and dips! They also have blades to slice veggies. I think I would only pull this out for big batches though, since it’s a little harder to clean than something small like a mandoline. But if you want to make a coarsely chopped dip or pesto, the food processor is the way to go!
A Magic Bullet. My new roommate has a magic bullet and I see him using it ALL the time. He loves to make smoothies, but he also told me it’s great for chopping just a few veggies (it has a rather small attachment so it’s not good for big batches). I’d definitely use this to make a veggie smoothie. It’s good because it yields just the right amount!
A Set of Great Knives. This is one of my biggest kitchen tips. I think everyone should have a set of good knives that’s really interested in cooking. And ONE good knife is not enough. Each knife has a specifc use and having a set of them will help you quickly, safely and properly chop up your veggies. There was a stretch of time where I did knife demonstrations and sold knives so I may be a little biased, but I do think it’s so helpful to have a complete set!
A Few Speciality Tools. This is sort of like the “junk drawer” number of the list, but it definitely needs to be mentioned! Having a few speciality tools in your arsenal of veggie chopping weaponry goes a long way. Peeling a potato with a paring knife? Well…It’s definitely do-able, but using a peeler is so much easer. Smashing garlic with a knife and chopping? Sure, but it would be quick and easy to use a garlic press!
Do you have any favorite chopping tools? Please list them in the comments if you do! I’d love to hear what you have to say!
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