Confessions of a Compulsive Chopper

I did something I hadn’t done in years. I took a weekend—plus the holiday—off. It was wonderful. Had friends over. And I made salsa. From scratch.

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I used my absolutely favorite kitchen gadget, the Vidalia Chop Wizard to chop the stuff that needed chopping (tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro). This thing is amazing and super inexpensive.

It chopped the tomatoes fast and uniformly—without launching seeds and pulp across the room or turning the whole thing into a squished mess.

Then the onions, peppers, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic all mixed together with lime juice, salt, and pepper—done in about 5 minutes start to finish. Yum!

I don’t really have a recipe. I just know the ingredients need to include freshly chopped onion, tomato, jalapeno (go easy!), green bell pepper, fresh garlic, and cilantro. Mix together and add the juice of one lime, salt, and pepper; all to taste. That’s pretty much it!


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I love my Chop Wizard. I look for things to chop just because it’s so much fun. I’m a chopping fool! And the results are always so amazing. I even took Chop Wizard to the office a while back and held a demonstration for my tolerant staff.

I know I run the risk of this sounding like I’m a paid spokesperson for Vidalia Chop Wizard (I’m not). It’s just that this gadget is such a time saver. Given the fact that it makes me want to make things from scratch, it’s a money saver, too.

I bought my Chop Wizard years ago in response to a late-night TV infomercial. Remarkably it is still in production, now available in stores and online.

I can’t say that everything I’ve purchased through an infomercial or PBS special has turned out as well. I’ve been burned a number of times when my compulsive nature met headlong with a weak moment. In makes me queazy to think back over the years … all the junk, all the money I’ve wasted.

When I say I am compulsive I mean that with a capital C. How do I deal with it when it comes to buying stuff? I have these specific questions written on a flowchart that I keep close and force myself to answer:

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    1. Do I need it?
    2. Can I afford it?
    3. Do I already have something that will do?
    4. Can I wait for a more reasonable alternative?
    5. Am I certain I have located the best deal?
    6. Am I willing to submit to a self-imposed cooling-off period to think it over?

You wouldn’t believe how many times these simple questions have stopped me short—forcing me to stop and think and then saving me from making a foolish, purchase.

And there have been just as many times that this exercise gave me the confidence I needed to make the right purchasing decision.

Question: Have you ever purchased something after seeing it hocked on TV then lived to regret it? Oh please, do tell ….

Updated 1-19-20


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23 replies
  1. Rita Weirich says:

    I can never get the darn thing clean. Onions and celery stick to the point that I’d rather chop by hand. I can’t recommend this product

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  2. Tonya says:

    I’m another Chop Wizard lover! I use it for just about everything, though I’ve learned a few things it’s not great on (like celery). I chop lean sandwich meat for my sandwiches, along with cucumbers, eggs, and even tomatoes. I routinely make mashed potatoes (or potato salad) by cutting potatoes lengthwise and running them through the chopper–then cooking them in my Instant Pot. Sometimes I have to cut them in half if they’re too long, but it’s a HUGE time saver! I also chop up onions or green peppers when they’re overflowing in my garden and freeze them in baggies–so convenient! I’m on about my 3rd chopper and have another downstairs, just in case. I can’t cook without it!

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  3. Charlene says:

    I am on my 4th Chopper in 6 years but could not get along without it. I buy then at Bed Bath & Beyond with 20% coupon. Save your receipt and if anything happens in 6 months they will replace. I batch prep my onions, peppers, celery, carrots, black olives, green olives.Wonderful time saver.

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  4. Peggy Legg's Peg Leg says:

    I love my chop wizard, too! though mine is a morbidly obese middle aged man named Karl. I’m talking about my husband! ha ha. he’s great at chopping – though not so good at shopping!

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  5. Peggy Legg says:

    The chop wizard is a pretty cool tool. I like it because everything is chopped even. You cannot put large thick chunks to chop or you will break the hinge. Slice an onion between 1/4-1/2 inch thick and give it a slam. I use it when I need a whack of vegetables for a recipe. The squares look pretty in soup. I have found it works best with firm vegetables. Alternately, the food processor works great too and of course there is always a sharp knife! Analyze the room you have and the frequency in which you think you would use it.
    Bottom line, it works if you use it properly.

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    • Tonya says:

      I use mine with thicker things, I just put one hand on the hinge and the other hand pushing down. I’ve broken more than one Chop Wizard, so I’m careful 🙂

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  6. Liz King says:

    After reading your glowing report about the chop wizard, I went over to amazon to buy one. I checked the reviews and the first 3 or 4 I read called it a piece of junk that breaks very easily because it is made out cheap materials. One guy said he’s on his 4th one. another buyer said their customer service stunk after she contacted them when hers broke after 5 or 6 uses. They must have made a better product when you bought yours, Mary. Even though it only costs $20 I’d rather spend more on something that will last. Any suggestions? (I’m a big salad eater and salsa lover and would love to make all that chopping easier!)

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    • Tonya says:

      I’ve had some older one and newer ones. You have to be careful when pressing down that you don’t let all the pressure go on the hinges; they can break easily. I usually put one hand pressing down over the hinges and the other hand pushing down on the food (sometimes I even pound a bit). I think sometimes Amazon reviews bring out only the people who hate a product. So far I haven’t seen anyone comment on this site that they had one and didn’t like it, and plenty of us saying we LOVE ours.

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  7. Ann says:

    I have bought some things that looked great and not great when arrived, So I make sure to save my receipts for a year to make a return.

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  8. Susan Sharp says:

    I used to buy a ton of stuff from catalogs. Years ago I started dog earring those pages with items I “had” to have and put it aside. 99% of the time I forget about it and end up throwing out the catalog. Compulsive catalog shopping conquered!

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  9. Amanda Richards says:

    I love my chop wizard. I’ve had it about 5 years now & I use it mainly for my radishes. I eat Keto & love hashbrowns, but they have too many carbs, so I sub radishes.I use the matchstick cutter & it makes the perfect size to fry.

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  10. Lori M says:

    Vidalia Chop Wizard is amazing! I use it all the time, especially for onions. I even bought one for my sister and mom. It is such a time saver!

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  11. Sally Davison says:

    Mary, you are an influencer! After reading your blog I ordered my very own Vidalia Chop Wizard. I spend 30-45 minutes every day putting a salad together for our lunch. MY Chop Wizard is supposed to arrive today (even though it is my husband’s birthday) so I am very excited and can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for your great ideas.

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  12. tboofy says:

    Sounds like there are a lot of us who love our chop wizards! I’ve replace mine a couple times, too. I always use it when I bottle salsa. I also like to take onions or green peppers and chop them and put them in the freezer so I have them whenever I want them.

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  13. Rachael Schueler Sutherland says:

    I have to admit that I don’t have a Vidalia chop wizard, I have an Alligator chopper. Same thing, different brand, in stainless steel. I love that thing. It was a bit pricey but I think of all the hours it has saved me over the years and it was totally worth it. Best kitchen investment ever!

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  14. Esther Andrade says:

    I can’t repeat it enough times, “The Vidalia Chop Wizard is my new best friend”. I love it and use it whenever possible and like you, look for things to chop. I bought it on a whim and fell in love. My family thinks I’m crazy but, I intend to give it as a Christmas gift to all the women in my family.. Iknow they will love it as much as I do. Well worth what I paid for it.

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  15. Betty Thomas says:

    I hate hauling out (and cleaning afterwards) my food processor to make a batch of salsa. This sounds wonderful. One of my tricks to keep me from impulse buying is to bookmark the item I want and put it aside. I revisit it in a week or so and usually I don’t care or want it anymore. Works for me!

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  16. riva roffman says:

    I love my chop wizard! My kids use it more than I do, and it really gets them to eat more salad. I use it also for soup. Much quicker this way! Do not buy the generic brand. It’s half the price but no good at all!

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