Manual Nut Choppers

Published August 1, 2011. From Cook's Country.

Could a simple manual nut chopper work fasteer and better than a chef's knife or food processor?

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Update: May 2014

Our favorite manual nut chopper by Progressive International has been updated, with a wider base that is more stable, and a slightly larger capacity (1 1/2 cups vs. the older version's 1 1/3), slightly longer, wider blades, and a narrower, oval-shaped upper chamber that is more comfortable to hold while cranking than the older chopper's round chamber. The new version, called the Prepworks from Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base, model GFNC-2, chops as well as the older version, and we recommend it as our new favorite.

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Could a simple manual nut chopper work fasteer and better than a chef's knife or food processor? We pitted five chopper, from $7 crank-style jars to almost $30 mills, against our favorite food processor (the KitchenAid 750) and timed ourselves chopping pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts. The highest-priced-chopper fared the worst, procesing nuts into gritty, mushy bits, but only one did much better. Its sharp stainless-steel… read more

Update: May 2014

Our favorite manual nut chopper by Progressive International has been updated, with a wider base that is more stable, and a slightly larger capacity (1 1/2 cups vs. the older version's 1 1/3), slightly longer, wider blades, and a narrower, oval-shaped upper chamber that is more comfortable to hold while cranking than the older chopper's round chamber. The new version, called the Prepworks from Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base, model GFNC-2, chops as well as the older version, and we recommend it as our new favorite.

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Could a simple manual nut chopper work fasteer and better than a chef's knife or food processor? We pitted five chopper, from $7 crank-style jars to almost $30 mills, against our favorite food processor (the KitchenAid 750) and timed ourselves chopping pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts. The highest-priced-chopper fared the worst, procesing nuts into gritty, mushy bits, but only one did much better. Its sharp stainless-steel tines pushed the nuts through slats that gave us a coarse texture as we turned the handle in one direction, a slightly finer texture in the other. It is the only manual nut chopper worth buying. Not only that, but chopping with out chef's knife actually took twice as long for worse results, plus we had to corral scooting nuts. Nor did we love the food processor. In thirty 1-second pulses, it pulverized some nuts, left others whole, and coated all in a fine, sticky nut dust.

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