It is a farely well known fact that I need as much help as I can get in the kitchen. In the 8 years Mr Danger and I have been together he has been in charge of meal prep the majority of the time. I still remember coming home from my old business at about 9pm, getting the ingredients together to make a quick and easy, but somewhat fancypants, grilled cheese with brie sandwiches, making the whole thing up, going to transfer it from the pan, and it ending up on the kitchen floor. In a fit of tears I told Mr Danger I quit cooking. And I stuck to that until last year.
But I have managed to figure out a few things to help my not-so-good-at-cooking self out. I thought I would share some of my favorite kitchen tools with you guys over the next few weeks because though you probably all have it together when it comes to cooking, I need a lot of help and wish someone had clued me in to a few things.
First up is my chopper. I love, love, love this thing. I remember when Mr Danger and I were first together I saw something similar advertised on like an infomercial or something and desperately wanted one. He reminded me of the fact that things they show on TV are generally not a great purchase, and rarely work as well as they show, so I never bought one.
Spring forward to a few months ago when it took like an hour and a half to get a "quick" crockpot meal together thanks to all the chopping. In the extended time I spent chopping I thought about this thing and I hopped on Amazon and ordered one. I figured for the price it was worth a try since chopping vegetables always takes me FOREVER and it is definitely not my favorite thing. Let's see, would I rather spend an hour chopping, or knitting?
Oh my good-gracious, it works. Like a charm. I cut a carrot into a couple pieces, throw it in, whack! And I have perfectly chopped carrots. LOVE. I don't know how I ever got along in the kitchen without one (oh that's right, I quit cooking for like 5 years). It can be a little tough to push if you put too much on there, but once you do it a couple times you know how much to put on. I have used it on potatos, carrots, onions, celery, zucchini, and a couple other things that aren't coming to mind right now. The celery does seem to get it's ribs stuck in the chopper a bit making it hard to open, but I have only been using it with the smaller chopper, so I should see if switching to the bigger chopper helps that. And once you do it you figure out how to hold the choppy part to get it open if it sticks.
But seriously worth the 25 bucks, it saves me SO much time. And when veggies are easier to chop I am so much more likely to throw them in to dishes I wouldn't normally. I love it and can't recommend it enough!
Hope this is a helpful recommendation to you! I sure do love mine and it sure does make cooking easier.