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Posted by funkyart
Sat, Dec 15, 12 at 8:44
|I am making baklava this weekend-- and while I purchased chopped walnuts, the pistachios are whole and must be chopped. I usually chop by hand but it takes soooo long and due to an injury and surgery a year ago, one of my hands is 1/2 numb and not all that strong. |
I was a fool and sold my very nice, very large cuisinart at a garage sale for $15 arggg. Not interested in spending the money to replace it right now.. has anyone used one of the minis to chop nuts? Looks like there's a kitchenaid chopper and a mini cuisinart both under $50. Are they big enough to be useful for other things? Would the $35-50 bucks be well spent?
This post was edited by funkyart on Sat, Dec 15, 12 at 8:45
|I use a small Braun coffee grinder for this chore and it's even less expensive.|
|hmm.. i have a spare braun coffee grinder. Do you have enough control to keep them from turning to paste? I'd have to do the 2lbs of pistachios in batches but I am down with that if it saves me from spending money!|
|Get one of those old-fashioned nut choppers: jar with wooden disk in bottom and top with attached chopping blades that you just push down on to chop nuts. I have my mother's old one, but have also seen them in new versions with rubber bottoms. There are lots on Amazon. I just watched a video that compared several and the Progressive International was deemed the winner ($11+ on Amazon). That one has a turn handle and looked really easy on the video.|
|Pampered Chef has a nice chopper that I use mostly for onions, but also use for nuts. |
I have an old, cheapo nut grinder where the nuts are fed into a cup on the top, you crank a small handle, and the nuts go through the blades into the bottom. It "grinds" them a little finer than I like sometimes for cakes, etc. but is perfect for some recipes. I especially like the finely ground nuts to roll my cheese balls in and for some salads and candy making.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pampred Chef chopper
|Here is one similar to the old one I have - looks like you have the option of chopping coarser with this one.|
Here is a link that might be useful: Nut grinder
|I also use the Pampered Chef model, but I know that's not much help today! |
|The KA or Cuisinart would be good if it has a pulse option. That's key for chopping IMO. My mother has a mini chopper that works great on nuts. All it has is a button that you use to pulse. W/ hand/wrist issues, those would be better than manual choppers. |
If you use the coffee grinder, don't use one that you actually use coffee in. Your nuts will taste like coffee! :)
|I had a pampered chef chopper-- but I'd be darned if I can find it. That would be perfect--I am going to look for something similar or the nut chopper. |
Ha staitlover, I did realize I'd used coffee in both my grinders!
|I used to use (pre cuisinart) a rigid metal pastry cutter. It's best if you can find a bowl with the right curve to match the cutter, don't use too many at a time. Can't say I ever did pistachios, but it worked great for walnuts and pecans.|
|I use my mom's old manual one from the fifties, and it still works great! All metal top and blades, glass jar.|
|I have the pampered Chef one also that I use for times like this. There are tons of copy cat choppers just like it at Bed Bath and Beyond, and with a 20% coupon it would cost peanuts ;)|
|Just run the coffee grinder for a short time. Chops - no pasty nuts.|
|I fear the pastry cutter would give me the same issues the knife does.. my hand just can't grip and hold control through the multiple rounds required to chop 2 lb of pistachios. I didnt make it to a mall today-- couldnt stomach it. I will be near williams-sonoma tomorrow where I know I can get something-- perhaps not cheap, but I'll get something. Thanks everyone! Hope I get to the baklava baking after all this .. I am feeling very drained.|
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