We often talk about simplifying our lives. Ads will tell us that if we purchase their product, our life will be easier. Others say that eliminating the unnecessary stuff we have will make our life simpler. I thought about this the other day when I went to chop an onion.
Cutting an onion is something I may do two or three times per week. I will grab my chef's knife and a cutting board and chop the onion. I have other options in my kitchen for doing this job. However, even if I choose to use another implement, I still must cut the ends off and take the outer papery skin off.
The Vadalia chopper is my mother-in-law's favorite. She said how much she liked it, so I went out and purchased one, too. I had a very hard time pushing the top down through the onion, so much so that I had to step on the top. That's not my idea of how to use a kitchen utensil. Perhaps it will work better with another type of food. I'll keep it for a little while longer and give it another chance. Again it's taking up room and it's not the easiest thing to clean.
I like a mandolin when I need a lot of nice thin slices. This is a keeper, but I don't use it that much.
The hand chopper is used when I need a lot chopped.
I do not have a food processor. I found it took up too much space and was more work to clean than it was worth, so I got rid of it.
Do you like gadgets or have a lot of utensils? What do you use?