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Onion chopping device a kitchen time saver that’s more than worth $20

The Vidalia Chop Wizard makes slicing and dicing easier.
The Vidalia Chop Wizard makes slicing and dicing easier.

Yes, I know. A real cook, a hardcore cook, chops onions with a chef’s knife. She does it quickly, precisely, and the dice she creates is uniform perfection.

And then there are the rest of us. I’ve gotten much better at dicing onion over the years, but it’s still a difficult, tearful process that I dread. But a friend recently introduced me to a product that has made me enjoy onion chopping – and that allows me to release years of pent up onion dicing frustration.

The tool is made by many companies and goes by many names, but the one sold locally at Bed Bath & Beyond is called the Vidalia Chop Wizard. (I bought the Freshware KT-402 3-in-1 Onion Chopper at Amazon.com.) Each model costs around $20.

The device features a receptacle fitted with a cover that has a hole for a waffle blade. Cooks set a peeled, halved onion on top of the blade, then depress the hinged lid with force, pushing the onion through the blade and into the receptacle. The dice comes out completely uniform, and a whole onion is chopped in less than 30 seconds.

It can’t handle an entire onion at one time, but it’ll easily take a halved small or medium onion. Large ones may have to be quartered. It comes with a couple of different blades that can be popped in and out and will result in different-size dices.

Best of all, the receptacle has measuring marks on it, so if your recipe calls for a cup of onion, you know when you’ve achieved it.

The contraption is easy to clean, too. I put in the in the dishwasher, and it comes with a little comb that helps remove onion that gets trapped in the lid. It seems pretty durable, too. I’ve slammed the lid down with enthusiasm and force, and nothing has broken. It also can also chop other food, including peppers, cheese and apples.

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