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This Food Chopper Is So Good, I Bring It With Me on Vacation

It can be used to make countless healthy recipes.

Have you ever been personally attached to a kitchen gadget? So much so that you've literally brought it with you on long weekend getaways where there was a kitchen? I admittedly have, and the lucky gizmo is my nifty KitchenAid Food Chopper. Their 3.5 cup chopper is a game changer. Sometimes it's hard to weed through the kitchen gadgets out there to find what's actually worth the dough, but this one has me hooked— and I'm happy knowing I'll never need store-bought dressing or to chop an onion by hand again.

Why I bought it.

When I tried this KitchenAid food chopper, I was in the market for some magical way to enjoy cooking from home without having to do too much gritty work (the meal-prep) when only cooking for myself. Going out to eat is amazing and all, but it's expensive and can be wildly unhealthy when you can't monitor how heavy-handed the chef is on the sodium and butter.

Why I love it.

This chopper does sauces, soups, chopped veggies, the list goes on—all in one place. It has a 3.5 cup bowl with 2 speeds, one for pulsing to make things like homemade dressings (without the sky-high sodium count) and one for chopping all the onions that used to make you cry. It's built with a locking blade, handle and pour spout for easy serving.

I certainly am never going back to the old school way, of standing there (hand-aching), while slicing up mass amounts of ingredients in my recipe. All choppings fall straight into the tidy, little container too, as opposed to pieces flying off cutting boards onto my kitchen floor.

How I use it.

This gizmo is as good as it looks, and it'll only cost you $45. It even passed my tomato test. Would it squash my perfectly gorgeous tomatoes to soggy guts? Though it wasn't a perfect outcome, after hitting it with a few quick chops, I was left with some fine looking tomato pieces great to throw into a pico de gallo or stew. If you keep it chopping for too long though, they'll be too watery to throw into a salad and you might as well make gazpacho.

One tip I'd recommend is only filling your fruits or vegetables halfway up the container—the blade is primarily on the bottom, so your food will come out sliced different sizes if you fill it up too high. If you're looking to master your mother's homemade red sauce—consider this your secret shortcut. I use the chopper regularly to make my own pesto, chimichurri or even butternut squash soups.

And the best part? At the end of the day, I throw it right into the dishwasher—no scrubbing needed. Weighing in at only 3 pounds, I'll be bringing this on every vacation I can in the near future.