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Old 02-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #11
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #12
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Typical celebrity chef marketing ploy, KF. That is not a mezzaluna.

A mezzaluna is a highly curved blade with a handle on each end. You rock it back and forth, over the food, to chop it. They come in both single and double-bladed versions.

If you get one, go for the double blade. A single bladed mezzaluna is even more awkward then your knife.

There is a learning curve involved, developling the feel for a mezzaluna. And, in general, you need a good-sized work surface. But once you become comfortable with one it's about the fastest manual way of chopping things.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #13
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Typical celebrity chef marketing ploy, KF. That is not a mezzaluna.

A mezzaluna is a highly curved blade with a handle on each end. You rock it back and forth, over the food, to chop it. They come in both single and double-bladed versions.

If you get one, go for the double blade. A single bladed mezzaluna is even more awkward then your knife.

There is a learning curve involved, developling the feel for a mezzaluna. And, in general, you need a good-sized work surface. But once you become comfortable with one it's about the fastest manual way of chopping things.
Is there a particular brand that you like?
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #14
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What do you think of this one?

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I prefer a single blade (easier to clean and sharpen) with a single looped handle mounted on the top of the blade.
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...ugDNK3yFFcTSQd
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:56 PM   #15
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I prefer a single blade (easier to clean and sharpen) with a single looped handle mounted on the top of the blade.
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...ugDNK3yFFcTSQd
Do you find it easy to use? What kinds of foods can you chop with it?
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:01 PM   #16
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If you don't want to use a knife, you might consider one of these for under $10.

Shop Progressive Nut Chopper at CHEFS.

I just saw it on America's Test Kitchen this morning, where it was recommended.
I have this chopper - it works very well.
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:05 PM   #17
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Only trouble with that style, JustPlainBill, is that you just about have to use it with a wooden bowl. They're not that effective on a flat cutting board.

My Mom used one for years, and I still have it (along with the bowl she used). For me it's too much trouble to dig out a wooden bowl, and then have to clean it as well.

KG, the thing to understand is that it's just a round knife. You can chop anything with it that can be chopped with any other knife. If you don't mind using a wooden bowl, it might be the best choice for you.
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I have this chopper - it works very well.
Thank you Steve and Merstar. This could make nut chopping a whole lot easier for me.
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:23 PM   #20
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I like to chop nuts with an 8" chefs knife. I start slow and then rock. I can see the advantage of one of those choppers - it would keep pieces nuts from flying around. But, I'm lazy and a chefs knife takes next to no effort to wash.
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