Onion Choppers: Which one is best?

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Picture 1This is the dicer I use and love.

It’s inexpensive and makes quick work of an otherwise tearful task.

I got mine at WalMart, but they are available at Amazon too. Click here.

Just cut the onion in half, place it on the grate and close the lid. Open it up and chop another one.

When you have enough simply pop out the green thingy (yes that’s the technical term for it) and dump your perfectly diced onions into a baggie or tupperware.

Clean up is easy with the included comb thingamabobber (sorry for getting all technical again).

Just comb out the leftovers from the white upper presser thing (yeah, I know, I know…) and wash with soap and water.

This thing rocks.

What do you use? Tell us in the comments!

-Steve

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Jackie

What about peeling the skin off? I have used so many different onion cutters, I finally found the best one ever, Sam’s cafe orders two extra boxes of chopped onions every week for me. Saves a lot of time and tears.

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Chuck

I buy my onions already diced and packaged from a local Cash & Carry or Restaurant Depot.
Onions are cheap and my time is valuable so if I don’t have to “slice & dice” I’m up for that!
I also use onion dispensers that are similar to the ones used by Costco. The customer cranks them out (I also use the same thing for relish) and I am free to serve the next customer.

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darlene

where did you get your onion dicer, the one similar to Costco?
Thanks, Darlene

Ron DeRoest

I have one of these choppers but I don’t use it too often. I mostly buy pre-chopped onions from a local warehouse store called Smart and Final. They run $3.99 (or less if they are on sale) for 3lbs of chopped onions. Its a little more expensive but its a huge time saver. The biggest problem with the chopper is that it takes three times as long to clean as it takes to chop the onions.

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Aj/ Triple Play Dogs

I get my onions from restaurant depot all chopped up already. 5# bag for $5

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Esteban Guzman

I use my mom…shes my onion slicer and dicer. I really should get this but I also might go with buying the onions already cut up from Sam’s club. Use the same ones they have for their hot dogs that they sell there. Might be cheaper in the long run but I’m still debating. Thanks for the tip Steve…I’m going to look into it, I know my mom would sure appreciate it!

Esteban Guzman
Stevie’s Red Hot Wienies

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Wild Al

I have a mobile lunch truck business and I bought one a short time back and have to agree, its a great product. It makes fast work of onions. And it also has two different size grates, so if you need big chunks or small ones for hot dogs..its cheap and works great!!

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Hippie Dogs

This is exactly what I use at home. Got it for my birthday couple of years ago. I use it to chop everything (onions, potatoes and even carrots)…its holding up real well.

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Patricia

I used your onion chopper and broke 2 of them. If your not careful they brake on the hinges. I got mine at bed bath and beyond. I now use the NINJA chopper it takes a little practice– it takes like 3 or 4 – 1 second pulses and your done and clean up is easier. you can also use the Ninja for other food processing like smoothies. Got mine at bed bath and beyond. Bed bath and beyond has almost all the things that are advertise on TV. Not so many technical terms on this one.

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Bill Humphreys

Hey Steve, That is the exact same chopper that I use. It does rock. From start to finish (including clean-up) I can dice up 3-4 onions in about 10 minutes. And they are consistent in size, which I think looks nicer. I call mine the “Onion Whacker” (yes, that to, is a technical term). Just be sure to have the lid all of the way down on the side peg hoochies, that the lid rests on. My lid wasn’t down all of the way once and I broke the peg hoochie off of one side of the clear box doohicky. I still use it but I really need to break down and go get another. I got mine at the “Kitchen Collection” store at our local mall. It was $14.99 but they had it on sale for $9.99. Not a lot of money for the time and effort it saves.

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Cary

I too, have used this device. The only issue I’ve had, is the flapjacker on the muffler clamp has broken on TWO of these units that I’ve owned. (Yes, I’ve broken two of these.) When it works, it works great! (A lil-bit teary-eyed, but heck, it’s onions..!) I got mine at Target, about $22 or so. I’d rate it as a 9 out of 10 for ease-of-use, but a 4 or 5 out of 10 for longevity.

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Rick

I have found that my local GFS store has 5 lb bags of diced onions that save some time and tears.

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Yank's Franks

Timely topic for me. Thank you. I am looking forward to some ideas.

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Duggs Doggs

We use the same one, been using them for years. Had about 4 of them (I can break water). The new ones come with a large hole cutter (green thingee)(technical term)but I never use it. Recommend that you 1/4 the onions, we have too because we have the bigger Vidalia Onions in the south. Quartering the onion makes it easier to bang on the top thingee (technical term). Clean it as soon as you are finished cutting the onions!! Makes it easier to clean. Steve a Large shirt will fit fine.
Duggs Doggs “Good!! Good!!

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Tony/ Hot Dogs U Relish

Steve as we all know onions is the hottest Condiment going, I my wife and I have been using this type for serveral years now and gotta say its gives the job of cutting, diceing onions the wow factor, this is great to own.

Tony

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Renee's Dogs

That’s the same one I use!! But we too find it’s easy to break. We broke the first one at the hinge. This time we ordered two. I like to fresh chop the onions instead of buying them already chopped because I read somewhere that onions are the number one food that starts to go bad as soon as they’re chopped.
p.s. “can break water” – I love that Dugg….:)

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A. Sturgesd

Steve, I guess I am from the old school. I use a very sharp knife. The onion cuts clean with no bruises. Since I am all about quality, precut anything in a bag won’t do. If I have to make a great deal of chopped onions I use a mandolin. It’s called a V slicer with different chop sizes. Just be careful when using this V slicer, it can slice more than onions.

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A. Sturges

Opps, it’s A. Sturges with no d on the end, or just Chef Arthur.

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mainjack

I use Tones Chopped Onions. They are dehydrated. Just add water and presto….ready to go. Have only had one customer in the past 6 months that didn’t like them. A gallon container cost about $12.00 at Sam’s, and last me 4-6 weeks.

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Moore's Hot Dogs

I use this thing all the time too. But the real trick to a tear free experience whether you use an Onion Chopper or do them by hand is to cut them near an open flame. I use a flame from the stove. I learned this trick awhile ago from a friend and has been a lifesaver.

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E's Weenie Cart

Are the bags of onions being purchased at Sam’s Club or restaurants frozen and do you use them for raw onions for the dogs?

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JIMMY

IVE BEEN USING THIS FOR YEARS, I BROUGHT MIND ABOUT 6YRS AGO WORKS FIND… ITS A LITTLE SLOW TO WORK WITH, I USE THE BULLIT CHOPPER ALOT FASTER AND CLEANER TO CLEAN UP….

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Hot Dog Heroes

Hi Steve!

I use the SLAP CHOP to chop my onions and believe it or not, it works pretty good! I saw it on an info-mercial and scouted the online bargain finder for one. Picked up the set for $10. This product is very good for chopping onions and other veggies.

I also have a mixture of sliced onions, garlic, low-cholesterol margarine and Coca-Cola Zero sizzling on a fajiita grill to bring in the crowds. The smell is incredible!

I use a serrated knife for the larger chunks.

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Ike's Rockin Dogs

We use that same chopper every time. It is by far the best, if you want FRESH onions. They come out uniform and dry as opposed to mangled and shredded. We chop as many as we need for the day only. And the comb thingamabobber is a nifty invention too.

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John

I use the best the Redco Onion King Onion Slicer made by Wearever. New there about $300.00 I found mine for about $50.00 used and I can still get blades and parts, not that I have needed any.

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JP

Anyone dice tomatoes? If so, what do you use? This seems a little rough-n-tumble for delicate tomatoes (but maybe it isn’t).

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Hot Dog City

Thats the one we also use. We also have broke one. But we found if you slice the onion in 1/2 in. slices, the chopper will do a great job. If you chop a lot at one time, take time to rake out the top portion of the chopper after chopping about 50% of the onions. We have tried other type choppers, including electric with negitive results. There is nothing worse then a hot dog with bad tasting onions. Freshness of our product in number 1 on our list of providing a good product. We have a veggie stand across the street from us, so ours stay fresh.

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Cindy

This is the method I use, it’s quick and easy, always having fresh onions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W550vIEe8eY&feature=related

Just for grins, here is what Alton Brown has to say about cutting onions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W550vIEe8eY&feature=related

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Cindy

Well, I have had a heck of a time posting lately… here is the Alton Brown link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU-gfFzC6Uw

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The Doghouse

you guys are way too funny,thanks for all the tips.I use my food processor with the slicer dicer thingamabob…it makes nicely fine chopped onions but you have to pull out the bigger chunks that are stubborn.I also have the bullet and it works great too,just in smaller quantities.

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Jeff w w

On my way to Wal-Mart(Wally-World) to get my onion dicer Thanks for the Tip!!!!!!!!!!

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Jimmy's Big Dog Express.

Chopper seems like an inexpensive alternative to constant knife slicing. Have to get me one of those. Anybody out there know where I can find or who sells an inexpensive Nacho cheese dispenser? Looking for the pump style with warmer. So far the ones I have seen are a bit pricey for my liking. Would be interested in even finding a really good condition used one. I also have one of those heated display cases that you see at pizza places for sale if anyone is interested. Its only been used a couple times and still like new. If anyone is interested would like to sell it soon. Just taking up space so, will let it go pretty cheap.
Thanks, Jim dyno70@sbcglobal.net

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Ron

Can anyone tell me where I can find onions and peppers already prepared in a can.
Thank you in advance.

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Lucky Dawg

Food processor works if you can do the pulse cutting diligently. You can easily make onion paste if you cut to much. I might try one of Steve’s slicers though. Looks like I will need to be careful with it. Thanks.

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Ron DeRoest

The bagged onions I use are fresh, not frozen or dehydrated.

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Duggs Doggs

You can also get the chopper http://www.starcrest.com only $10.00! Can’t beat it!
Walmart and the Dollar Store were out of them the last time I needed one……

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Jim Lester

we used this model and broke 3 . then we bought the alligator chopper works great and costs about the same
Jim & Kay
“THE GREAT AMERICAN DAWG WAGON’

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Ian's Granite State Franks

I have brokem several of these gizmos over the years, I found a more robust model at Williams Sanoma, works great if you quarter the onions and has a nice built in tray to hold as many as 7-8 cups of chopped Vidalias! Check out their site. ir wasn’t cheap but has now lasted 2 years, think I paid 50 or 60 bucks for it.
Cheers!-Pete

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Wanda Dixie Dogs

Pampered Chef makes a fantastic chopper that is dishwasher safe and cleans up in a snap! You can chop ANYTHING with it and no tears, plus, it comes with warranty.

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Ike's Rockin Dogs

Steve- What was the brand on those on those nifty napkin dispensers you had listed a while back..you know the ones with the slot for logo placement? All I can pull up are “recycled napkins” (which I can’t bring myself to consider without a grimace)

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Leener

thanks for the video links cindy, i cant wait to try it. you guys all get such great prices on onions. here in florida, the prices are high-even at restaurant depot & sams club. ran into a produce driver who said bad weather caused this (also high prices on tomatos)…gonna try a farmers market

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Leener

oh, i forgot to mention, tried & RETURNED the slap chop. it only works for small onions & by the time you struggle thru it jamming up with the larger onions, which you then have to surgically remove, not to mention having to hand wash the slap chop (with razor sharp blades) cause its not machine washable. much much easier to cut by hand.

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Steve Pruner

I use this one everyday for both onions and chopped jalapenos for my nachos. My brother broke one and we took it back to Target and got another one. Large onions should be quartered. I love this little chopper!

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Lucky Dawg

Ike, the napking dispensors are Torx brand. They are awesome dispensers, keeps waste down. You will have to special order napkins for it though. Tork Xpressnap Tabletop Napkin Dispenser, 5.8w x 7.8d x 6.2h, Black.
You can buy them on newegg for 2.25 each.
I bought four.

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Denny's Hot Dogs

To stop the crying from cutting onions, remove the
bottom core. With a corer simply cone out the core this is the source of tears.

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Daryl at "The Blacktop Grill", Denver, CO

Sometimes I will cut up my onions by hand with a very sharp knife at the commissary, just takes a few minutes, and I ziplock back them. Sometimes I get lazy and use a slap chopper, but that tends to make them less appealing-looking. I have never bought the prechopped onions from my local Restaurant Depot, but I’ve not noticed them there. I don’t wander around much, I know right where to go for my supplies, and I head to the checkout, and get back to work.

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Daryl at "The Blacktop Grill", Denver, CO

I meant to say, “…I ziplock bag them.”

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Terri

I’ve had this exact same one for YEARS and just love it. When I’m done with it, I just put all of the parts on the top rack of the dishwasher for an easy cleanup. It’s fast and does an excellent job.

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Amanda

use a metal spoon hold it in your mouth an that helps to not cry while cutting

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Steve

Really?

Steve

Walmart.

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