A Speedy, Zero-electricity Chopper
Product Reviewed: T-fal Ingenio Hand-Powered Rapid Food Chopper
The T-fal Ingenio Hand-Powered Rapid Food Chopper makes prepping your veggies and fruits easy. It’s convenient, fast and is a great way to prepare vegetables ahead of time — just chop and store in the refrigerator for later.
Using the chopper is simple. Place the ingredients in the cutting case and pull the handle on the lid to create blade traction. With a few pulls, the ingredients are coarsely chopped. It has a non-slip base which keeps it in place while you chop. The container holds two cups, so larger items like a whole potato should be cut into pieces before putting them into the chopper. This is a great tool for making dips, sauces, tapenade, spreads and salsas. It can be used for everything from shallots and onions — without tears! — to pretty much any vegetable, fruit or herb you need to chop.
This chopper is a great kitchen tool for people who don’t have a lot of extra time or knife skills, such as children, college students, older adults or people with disabilities. This also is a great tool for culinary demos or classes, since it does not require a power outlet and is safe for all to use.
Finally, it’s easy to clean — just rinse the container with warm, soapy water and wash using a small sponge. Keep in mind that the blades are sharp, so carefully remove and clean them separately. The cutting base and blade are dishwasher-safe, though the lid should be washed by hand.
Try out the T-fal Ingenio Hand-Powered Rapid Food Chopper to make this chunky artichoke salsa.
Artichoke and Tomato Salsa
- 2 cup marinated and drained artichoke hearts
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons red onion
- ½ cup black olives
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon small capers
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Place artichokes in chopper and pull cord a few times to coarsely chop. Add tomatoes, onion, olives, garlic and basil and pull the cord a few more times until coarsely chopped.
- Spoon into a small bowl, add capers, salt and pepper and stir gently. Serve with whole-grain crackers or pita chips.
Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN, is the Lifestyle Nutritionist — her Chicago-based practice focuses on lifestyle nutrition and culinary communications. Read her blog, SimpleCravingsRealFood.com, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.