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Old 4th April 2011, 15:49   #1966
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Folks,

Any hand blender or standalone chopper recommendations? How long do the blades last, etc? We need it for chopping onions/tomatoes/cabbage mostly. Any sub-2k models which have a decent sized chopping jar?
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Folks,

Any hand blender or standalone chopper recommendations? How long do the blades last, etc? We need it for chopping onions/tomatoes/cabbage mostly. Any sub-2k models which have a decent sized chopping jar?
The problem with handblenders is the moment you overload it(unknowingly), the motor burns.

I would suggest a standard mixie like Morphy Richards etc (would cost apprx 3.5-4k) and use the small wet/dry grinding jar.
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Interesting. I have a philips JMG. Let me use that jar tonight and report back
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Folks,

Any hand blender or standalone chopper recommendations? How long do the blades last, etc? We need it for chopping onions/tomatoes/cabbage mostly. Any sub-2k models which have a decent sized chopping jar?
I use nova brand chopper. It is easy to use and clean. It comes with 3 blades for chopping, slicing and grating.
Cost me 1.6k after discount.
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Much as I like gadgets, I am afraid that nothing is as good at chopping as a sharp knife.

Sharp is what counts. I used to think that I kept my knives sharp, using a steel (like butchers use). A few months ago, I got a Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker from America, and, after some long hard work getting back to proper edges, discovered that my knives had never been properly sharp since the day I bought them!

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Any hand blender or standalone chopper recommendations? How long do the blades last, etc? We need it for chopping onions/tomatoes/cabbage mostly. Any sub-2k models which have a decent sized chopping jar?
If you are chopping mountains of stuff it makes sense. I usually use a large sharp knife (12 inch blade) and a thick cutting board (2 inch, 10 x 10 teak wood piece) for chopping, and once you get the knack of it it is really fast. If you are adventurous you can try Nigella Style for chopping with a curved chopper. Additionally you do not have to spend time and effort on cleaning five to ten pieces of equipment! I have tried them all and nothing beats the knife.

For a lot of shredding, for example when wife makes Gajjar ka Halwa, or I make tomato juice, I use the shredding/cutter disk on my Singer Food Processor and go through 5 kg in ten minutes, the cleaning process takes another ten.

For sharpening I use a grinding stone used by most carpenters (2 x 1 x 6 inches), it has fine grit on one side an coarse grit on the other, bought it forty years ago, and it is still going strong.

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Shredding, a machine can do nicely. Chopping, though, never seems to come out even, without some being wasted as slush. Pass me the knife!

This is what I now sharpen with: Triangle Sharp Maker. The stones are hard enough to sharpen almost anything, but, compared to a carpenter's stone, they might be called very fine and very, very fine. The fancy-looking base just utilises the fact that it is easier to keep a knife vertical than it is to maintain a constant angle on a flat stone. It even includes an angle for sharpening scissors
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Thanks everyone for the ideas.
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The problem with handblenders is the moment you overload it(unknowingly), the motor burns.

I would suggest a standard mixie like Morphy Richards etc (would cost apprx 3.5-4k) and use the small wet/dry grinding jar.
Umm, it completely fails. I got a nice puree :-)

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I use nova brand chopper. It is easy to use and clean. It comes with 3 blades for chopping, slicing and grating.
Cost me 1.6k after discount.
Thanks pallavi - will look it up in nearby shops

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Much as I like gadgets, I am afraid that nothing is as good at chopping as a sharp knife.

Sharp is what counts. I used to think that I kept my knives sharp, using a steel (like butchers use). A few months ago, I got a Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker from America, and, after some long hard work getting back to proper edges, discovered that my knives had never been properly sharp since the day I bought them!
Oh I agree. I'm not looking for perfection. Laziness is God, and quick/not-so-dirty is all I wish :-)

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If you are chopping mountains of stuff it makes sense. I usually use a large sharp knife (12 inch blade) and a thick cutting board (2 inch, 10 x 10 teak wood piece) for chopping, and once you get the knack of it it is really fast. If you are adventurous you can try Nigella Style for chopping with a curved chopper. Additionally you do not have to spend time and effort on cleaning five to ten pieces of equipment! I have tried them all and nothing beats the knife.

For a lot of shredding, for example when wife makes Gajjar ka Halwa, or I make tomato juice, I use the shredding/cutter disk on my Singer Food Processor and go through 5 kg in ten minutes, the cleaning process takes another ten.
Exactomundo. This is the only aspect of a food processor we miss - ergo the search for a chopper. We already have a cutting board etc, but this is to shred/chop large bits of cabbage/tomatoes/onions etc for a quick salad at odd hours with perfection nowhere on the horizon
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Well, I'd still go for a knife for those things. For a salad, you don't want your ingredients bruised and pulverised. I wouldn't expect any machine to do a good job of chopping tomatoes.

You can chop in a mixie: just you need one that you can give short bursts and/or slow speed. There always seems to be an amount of puree, though, and the cleaning up of the gadget afterwards really makes the words quick-and-dirty literally true.

Important thing is finding the tool and the knack that works for you.
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Thanks everyone for the ideas.

Umm, it completely fails. I got a nice puree :-)


Exactomundo. This is the only aspect of a food processor we miss - ergo the search for a chopper. We already have a cutting board etc, but this is to shred/chop large bits of cabbage/tomatoes/onions etc for a quick salad at odd hours with perfection nowhere on the horizon
Tyr this, works well, but buy only the original ND otherwise the blades loose their sharpness within few months.

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... so, that'll be "every single piece, perfectly diced," then?

It's an impressive gadget, but I think I'd find myself going back to knives.
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@Thad:
OT: Knowing your predilection and practise for knives, now I think we all better be nice to you on the forum ;-)

@Dadu: Interesting but no one in Gurgaon has it! :(
only found Buy Original Nicer Dicer|Genius Nicer Dicer|NicerDicer Dice,chop fruit,Vegetable in Muinute As View On TV and Telebrands India - Home

which is the real thing?
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Tyr this, works well, but buy only the original ND otherwise the blades loose their sharpness within few months.

This is just a more expensive version of what I have been seeing in every "Better Living" exhibitions for the last thirty years. At that time I got one, but soon stopped using it as it was a big pain cleaning those blades, and a knife does the job faster if you take the total time required - unpack - wash - peal - chop - clean - pack. You will require a good brush to clean those blades.

For myself I have collected a couple of 12 inch knives and got a 12 inch meat chopper from the local butcher. When my inlaws extended their house I got a 2 x 12 x 12 inch teak piece for chopping board. My dream was always to get one of those tree trunks the butchers use, and the search is still on.
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This is just a more expensive version of what I have been seeing in every "Better Living" exhibitions for the last thirty years. At that time I got one, but soon stopped using it as it was a big pain cleaning those blades, and a knife does the job faster if you take the total time required - unpack - wash - peal - chop - clean - pack. You will require a good brush to clean those blades.

For myself I have collected a couple of 12 inch knives and got a 12 inch meat chopper from the local butcher. When my inlaws extended their house I got a 2 x 12 x 12 inch teak piece for chopping board. My dream was always to get one of those tree trunks the butchers use, and the search is still on.
Blade cleaning is not a problem, cleaning is very simple in this. Although you cannot subsitute a knife for some jobs, but what will take an expert 3-4 min to cut is done in a flick here, french fries come out amazingly well.

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@Thad:
OT: Knowing your predilection and practise for knives, now I think we all better be nice to you on the forum ;-)

@Dadu: Interesting but no one in Gurgaon has it! :(
only found Buy Original Nicer Dicer|Genius Nicer Dicer|NicerDicer Dice,chop fruit,Vegetable in Muinute As View On TV and Telebrands India - Home

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Ebay.in costing some 400 odd rupees are fake (I bought one and sharpness was lost in 2-3 months for the smaller blade). I believe telebrand should be original. You can also check at Homeshop18.

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