Whether I’m cooking up a sauce or mixing a salad, chopping the veggies can be a tedious part of the meal-making process, and a step I often end up dreading. Thankfully, I found a hack — a way to chop vegetables using a pretty unexpected kitchen tool: a pizza wheel.
Ever grabbed a chef’s knife thinking it’s sharp and ready to cut vegetables, only to be disappointed when it’s dull? I certainly have, as this adds an annoying additional step (sharpening the knife) to the process. I always want to do double duty with the kitchen tools I have on hand, especially if I’m in a hurry to make lunch or dinner.
The good news is, you can give your knife a rest next time. A tool like the OXO Good Grips 4-inch Pizza Wheel (Buy from OXO.com, $15.99) comes with a sharp stainless steel blade and a die cast zinc thumb guard that’ll allow you to safely slice pizza crusts or veggies.
How to Chop Vegetables Using a Pizza Wheel
This veggie cutting hack from the Household Hacker YouTube channel allows the pizza wheel to do all of the work for you. Simply hold a small amount of veggies (such as celery stalks, carrots, or fingerling potatoes) firmly in place on a cutting board.
Next, run the pizza wheel though the veggies in one direction to slice them. Repeat with any remaining veggies until they’re all cut and ready to cook with or eat. See how this clever trick works in the video below!
How Use a Pizza Wheel to Make the Perfect Lunch
Want to make a delicious salad? For Seriouseats.com, Chef J. Kenji López-Alt explains why a bowl and a pizza wheel are all that you need.
“[In a bowl, place] whole leaves of lettuce, semi-firm cheese like blue cheese or feta, boiled eggs, strips of bacon, olives, herbs, anchovies — whatever you’d normally stick into a chopped salad,” he advises. “Then you roll over it with a pizza wheel back and forth until it’s chopped and incorporated. Dress it, and lunch is ready.”
He notes that slightly firm, round foods such as olives and cherry tomatoes may not slice as well with the pizza cutter. It’s therefore best to leave those whole, as they still offer a bite-sized burst of flavor. This hack also works to slice other salad mix-ins, such as strips of bell pepper, cucumbers, or fresh parsley.
At first, using a pizza wheel to cut veggies sounded a little wacky to me. But now that I know it can making chopping such a breeze, it’ll be my go-to tool.
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