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I had to buy one of these because the one I have is from Princess House. I wanted to get one for my Mom anyway and I wanted to make sure that this was a great product like mine! I use mine multiple times a week. It’s seriously huge time saver and, as homeschool Moms, we need all of the time savers we can get!
Doesn’t look like it would be a huge addition to the kitchen, does it? To be honest, I ended up with one because I went to a Princess House party at a friend’s and I needed something to order that wasn’t $100! This was on sale for half price if you bought something at regular price. So, I bought a container of their Daily Stainless Steel Cleaner. (It’s awesome!) My Vidalia Chop Wizard was still almost $40! The only difference that I could see was the color of the lid and the Princess House one was a bit bigger. That’s the only real difference I can see.
The Vidalia Chop Wizard comes with two plates: a chopping plate that has 1/2″ squares and a dicing plate that has 1/4″ squares. You also get a little cleaning tool. The cleaning tool is for the tiny squares on the lid that push the food through the openings. It is actually very handy! Even though the Chop Wizard is dishwasher safe, I don’t want any little chunks that may get caught to clog up my dishwasher. I don’t have to use the little tool often, but I’m glad it’s there for what I do. Those spaces between the squares are tiny!
The 1/2″ openings on the chopping plates are PERFECT for potatoes and carrots. The length of the slices depends on how big the chunks are that you put in there. So, if you want squares of chopped potatoes for a stew, cut your potato into 1/2″ or so slices. You can put a stack of them on there to cut at once or you can do each slice individually. (When you’re cutting something pretty hard like potatoes and carrots, put the heel of your hand on the pivot point of the lid while you push down with the other hand. This takes any stress of the lid. I can see that part maybe breaking after a few years of use. Push down on it a bit with your other hand will remove the stress from that joint.) If you want to make french fries, simply put a thicker chunk of potato in there! You will get a longer cut of potato that will still be 1/2″ thick, allowing for even cooking. I use my Chop Wizard to prepare veggies just about every time I cook. I use the chopping plate the most when I’m making a stew or soup. I know all of the potatoes are going to soften up nice and evenly because they’re all the same size! Same with carrots.
I use the dicing plate for things like onions and garlic. I don’t like huge chunks of onion unless it’s a stew or soup that’s going to cook for a long time. One tiny bit of crunch from an onion and I’m done. We’re talking gag-worthy. Nasty. Garlic is my favorite thing to use the dicing plate on. There’s no waste whatsoever and it’s in these beautiful, tiny little bits. Perfect!
I made this recipe for Moroccan Stew last week. I used the Chop Wizard for all of the veggie prep except for the carrots. For those, I wanted rounds for a bit of visual texture. Like 90% of the stew was square and I wanted to have a little something different. So I used my handy dandy mandolin slicer for those. (That’s another awesome kitchen gadget!) I did make some substitutions on the veg. I didn’t have any sweet potatoes, so I added more potatoes and some broccoli. I also didn’t add the honey or apricot. I’m sure the apricot would have been nice, but I was after some heat! I did do chunks of onion because it was going to cook for awhile and I wasn’t serving it until the next day. Plenty of soften time!
You’re going to love this stew. Up the cumin, turmeric, curry and pepper a bit. Fantastic flavor! Serve this stew with some toasted basil butter bread and a dollop of vegan sour cream on top. Definitely a winter worthy meal!
I’m going to list out the ingredients here for you, but you’ll need to follow the link for the instructions since it’s not my recipe.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 cups finely shredded kale
4 (14 ounce) cans organic vegetable broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes,
1 tablespoon honey
4 large carrots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans,
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
1 tablespoon water (optional)