My eyes sting like bejesus when i cut onions, not only do i cry, but my eyes hurt for about 20 minutes afterwards. Many’s the time the bf has come home to see me wearing swimming goggles while cutting onions. This is the most efficient way of dicing up onions. Even if you don’t cut them very often, the effort this saves you is awesome. Highly highly recommend – my parents saw mine and instantly bought one for themselves.
It’s all in the knack of using. Bought one of these several years ago after seeing it being used on tv – rapidly consigned it to the back of the cupboard as couldn’t get it to work. Recently retrieved it and thought would look on amazon to see what other people had written about it. Found out from reading other reviews that the best way to use it is not to try to press down on it but rather to apply a karate blow. Tried it again using this technique – lower top to rest on top of veg and apply swift karate type sidewards blow. This worked a treat, almost got right through the veg and one more swift blow worked a treat. Do remember to put the plastic cover on though as without it the veg flew halfway across the kitchen. I used it successfully on carrots and onions. The onions were small so probably would have to cut larger ones in half first. I was amazed at the difference from when i first tried it using the pressing method.
Eddingtons Alligator Chopper
- High grade stainless steel blades
- Collecting box reduces mess
- Cleaning grid reduces clean-up time
- Not just for onions!
- Dishwasher safe
A kitchen gadget you will actually use. A fantastic gadget that actually does what it claims to. I used my first one so much i actually managed to break it and was lost until i got another. Brilliant for onions, but i also use it on an almost daily basis for carrots, potatoes, apples and anything else that needs dicing. Can do julienne strips but they turn out very thin so be warned. Also be warned not to try and cut too much at a time (particularly carrots) as it then becomes very hard to push down the cutter and you run the risk of damaging it (like this idiot did). Apart from that, i can’t rate this simple gadget too highly. Oh, and it all goes in the dishwasher too – what more could you want?.
Eddingtons Alligator Chopper : I bought this principally for the fine chopping of onions. As other reviewers have stated, make sure the onion is cut in half first and then it will cope with even (half) large onions. However, the key to effective use, and i cannot emphasise this enough, is very firm, positive, downwards force right to the bottom of the stroke. Don’t be worried about using so much force you break it. I am 6′ 3″ and strong: i place both hands, one on top of each other, onto the alligator and then, with all my weight, push down in one very firm fast stroke. You need to be brave the first couple of times you try it.If you falter or ease back on the pressure the alligator will get stuck mid-onion and there is no way to restart – you need to clean it out and start all over again.