A Nifty Little Gizmo

When I went to the grocery store last weekend to buy baking supplies, I made an impulse purchase — a Proctor Silex Durable Food Chopper.

I needed something to chop nuts, and I was tired of using our big blender to do so.  This gadget promised to chop up to 1 1/2 cups of nuts in a small plastic container that could then easily be poured into a mixing bowl, without requiring me to use a long-handled spoon to scrape out nut remnants from the distant bottom of the blender.  And guess what?  I really like this little product.  I like its entirely unglamorous, functional name, I like its simple design, I like the fact that it is easy to clean and use, and I like the fact that it cost less than $10.

I particularly like the fact that, even though it is low-priced, it has a neat feature — no on/off switch or speeds.  When you’re ready to chop, you put the lid on, give it a clockwise turn, and the chopping begins at one speed.  And the safety element comes from the fact that you need to have your hand on the lid, applying clockwise pressure, so that the lid won’t fly off during the chopping.  Pretty cool!

We often complain about bad consumer products, so it’s nice to run across one that is both inexpensive and well-made.  The Proctor Silex Durable Food Chopper lives up to its name, and then some.

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