Slap Chop: "Does it Work?"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – It's time to slap away all of your culinary troubles with the Slap Chop.  This kitchen gadget can slice, dice, chop, and crush; that's of course if it works.  Lisa Pitchford is a former owner/operator of a local restaurant, and after much reading and hype from the Slap Chop, she is ready to get slap happy.

So out of the package and onto the table, Lisa looks over this device.  It has a plastic housing with a sharp, zigzag metal blade.  The blade and contents mash together in a clear plastic housing when slapped along the top plunger.  Lisa feels the only limitation prior to use is the size of the housing being able to contain larger items for chopping.  It all comes down to a little prep work to ensure the pieces of whatever need to be chopped can fit into the unit.

Lisa had everything from hard potatoes and carrots, to delicate tomatoes and crunchy nuts and crackers to test with the Slap Chop.  She begins on the hard end of the spectrum with a potato.  Pre-sliced to fit, she covers the spuds and gives the Slap Chop a whack.

Lisa says, "[It's] taking a lot of pressure and it is not popping back up.  I'm going to do it three times, and let's just take a look at it.  But we have very nice pieces there."

Another shop and they are about the size of steak fries.  She finds the slicking on first slap or two is a common theme with hard veggies including the carrots and celery.  Even mushroom initially get stuck. But a simple shake and shimmy or a poke with a knife, and the goods drop out to be slapped into smaller, more manageable pieces.

The onion makes the Slap Chop shine though.

"I see that it is rotating as we chop, so it is getting to new pieces as it goes around," adds Lisa.

But even better yet, it contains the smell that would normally cause her to tear up when dicing.

"We got no tears.  We didn't get any tears with this," exclaims Lisa.

Crackers are on the chopping block next.

Lisa says, "That went through with such ease," in reference to how quickly the crackers busted into crumbs.

The same goes for the chocolate, nuts, and cookies; with a few slaps, we have crumbs they're reduced to fine crumbs and pieces.  But a ripe tomato turns to mush instead of slices.

Lisa had fun with the Slap Chop, but she feels those with limited upper body strength would struggle with the tougher items.

"Some of the items, you really had to have some extra body strength and push it with some force," explains Lisa.

In the end, Lisa has a plate filled with chopped treats.  She's sold on the Slap Chop as a compact tool for her kitchen.  Our Slap Chop test results slap away to a YES for this week's "Does it work?" test. 

Our Slap Chop, with the Graty tool bonus cost us $20 at a local retailer.

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