Manual Nut Choppers

From Cook's Country | August/September 2011

Overview:

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 faster 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 faster 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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  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Prepworks from Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base

    Highly Recommended - Winner

    Prepworks from Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base

    In 90 seconds, we chopped a cup of pecans into mostly even-size pieces—with minimal dust. The chopper can handle harder, fatter nuts but will crank more slowly. It disassembles easily to clean by hand or dishwasher.

    • Design ★★★
    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of use ★★★
    • Chop quality ★★★

    $11.70

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  • Not Recommended

    Zyliss "Easy Chop" Food Chopper with Smart Base

    This slap-chop model chops nuts and other foods. It’s easy to use and neatly catches the nuts. But the pieces were too variable, and it produced too much dust. Dishwasher-safe.

    • Design ★★
    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of use ★★★
    • Chop quality

    $19.95

  • Not Recommended

    Black & Decker Ergo 3-Cup Chopper

    This mini food processor claims to chop nuts. It easily accommodated a large load but gave us dust interspersed with whole nuts and every size in between. It was easy to operate and clean, though.

    • Design
    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of use ★★★
    • Chop quality

    $22.00

  • Not Recommended

    Norpro 576 Nut Chopper

    All went well with this chopper until it jammed on raw almonds and its tines twisted out of alignment. It balked at chopping hazelnuts, plus its glass base felt fragile. Dishwasher-safe.

    • Design
    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of use
    • Chop quality ★★★

    $6.99

  • Not Recommended

    Weston All-Purpose Seed, Nut, and Spice Grinder

    Nuts bounced around the hopper and didn’t get chopped. Despite repeated cleaning, the grinder left machine grease on the nuts.

    • Design
    • Cleanup
    • Ease of use
    • Chop quality

    $29.99

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