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marshmallows3's picture

I am looking for a tool that chops nuts evenly.  I find that the food processors over process the nuts, and don't chop evenly.  thanks


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Gretchen's picture

(post #56013, reply #1 of 15)

How about a knife? I get the degree of "chop" I want from that usually, although for a lot I use the FP and pulse.  I sometimes use a mezzaluna knife. But 'even'--I don't know. There used to be the little nut chopper on top of a glass jar--you turned the crank, etc.


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Gretchen


Edited 2/8/2008 10:39 am ET by Gretchen

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thecooktoo's picture

(post #56013, reply #3 of 15)

We had one of those little jobbies that was inherited from my wifes mother, a wonderful lady that could not and did not cook, but collected every cheap kitchen gadget in the world.  The little nut chopper was the only thing that we kept and used. 


That is, until about two weeks ago.  i was chopping some nuts for a crusted tilapia and this little gadget made the nut meats exactly the right size, not too fine, not too coarse, but just right.  And as I took the thing off the top of the jar dropped it on the tile floor, glass, nutmeats and plastic went everywhere. 


Have not seen one of these thingies in years.


Jim

Florida2's picture

(post #56013, reply #4 of 15)

I have never had much luck with nut choppers, so I chop with knife. ITs pretty fast work, actually. I can chop enough nuts for nut encrusted tilapia for four folks within ia couple of minutes--and then there is no nut chopper to clean up :)

Jean's picture

(post #56013, reply #5 of 15)

I've had one of those for years and never use it. It chops much too finely for most of my needs.  I use my trusty chef's knife.



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thecooktoo's picture

(post #56013, reply #8 of 15)

Yea, I don't have one to clean up either, now!  ;-)

StevenHB's picture

(post #56013, reply #6 of 15)

A Presto Salad Shooter, while a bit expensive, will do the trick when used with a the shredder cone.  We received ours as a wedding present and this is about the only thing that we use it for.


Comes in handy for Laundau Cookies, which require two cups of finely chopped walnuts.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #56013, reply #7 of 15)

I'm with Jean. I had it 40 years ago, and barely used it then. And if I have a lot, a FP does my job well enough. To me, nuts are nuts. Sometimes they are fine and sometimes coarse, but rarely are they "even".

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Florida2's picture

(post #56013, reply #9 of 15)

I've never seen one of these gadgets Steven! Does it do something different than the different blades of a standard food processor?

StevenHB's picture

(post #56013, reply #12 of 15)

No, it's about the same as a FP, but it's easier to clean.


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marshmallows3's picture

(post #56013, reply #14 of 15)

check out gretchen's reply.  She gave an Amazon site for nut choppers!

marshmallows3's picture

(post #56013, reply #13 of 15)

Thank you gretchen for the web site.  I am looking them over and will make a purchase.  I will let you know what i buy and what works..  thanks to all for your responses!                                          marshmallows3 

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KarenP's picture

(post #56013, reply #10 of 15)

  How funny that you should ask.  I needed a tool that ground nuts to a fluffy consistency for a walnut cake.  I got a cheese/nut grater from microplane.  I was glad to see once I'd picked it up that Aberwacky has the same one and has had success with it.  depending on the texture/consistency you want, look into a rotary grater.

Heather's picture

(post #56013, reply #11 of 15)

I have a Zyliss rotary grater--I've never thought of it for grating nuts. I'm going to try it tomorrow. Of course the Microplane has a coarse cylinder too that would be better in many cases.

marshmallows3's picture

(post #56013, reply #15 of 15)

thanks!  I will give it a try.  When a recipe calls for chopped nuts, thats what i want .