Vidalia Chop Wizard: Does it Work?

Vidalia Chop Wizard: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

The West End has been apart of the Frohna, Missouri landscape for the last 50 years. Inside, employees busily prepare some of the town's favorite foods, including their famous pizzas. Kay Welker works here part-time.  Once she spotted the Vidalia Chop Wizard advertised on TV, she contacted me to try it before she buys in on Does it Work Wednesday.
"It'd be great for us here. When we slice onions, it's 7 or 8 at a time, so when we're done we're crying!" says Kay.
So, let's see if the Vidalia Chop Wizard has us tearing up, when we're through.  On the commercial, the cook chops up many different vegetables, almost effortlessly.  Sometimes, she even slices whole vegetables at a time!
Back to reality, we're not too impressed with the Chopper right out of the box. Plus, the directions don't say much, but do instruct you, at least,  to peel vegetables first, cut off the ends, and slice them in half beforehand! That's definitely a lot different than what's shown on TV!
"They just make it look so magical," says Kay. 
So, that's the way, we're going to try it first.  Kay and I put a whole green pepper on its side. Kay pushes down on the blade, and I mean "push."  She almost gets stuck trying to get the thing to chop!  That's definitely not the way it's shown on TV. Now we see why the directions say to cut most vegetables in half beforehand, maybe even quarters in this case. Next, we try half an onion.
"That worked a lot better," says Kay.
Okay, so the Vidalia Chop Wizard moves up on the grading scale. Next, Kay puts in the second, smaller blade. We want to see if it can finely cut this onion.  She pushes down, and is very pleased with the results.
"This would be the perfect size for pizza," says Kay.
She tries another pizza topping-- a firm tomato. It slices nicely. She also throws on a hard-boiled egg. the Chop Wizard easily glides through that. Finally, it's time to chop a peeled potato. It definitely takes some strength, but it's fully sliced in about half the time it normally takes. Manager Keith LeGrand gives it a try, too.
"Still got to do a little cutting, but it's not bad," says LeGrand.
Both Keith and Kay still wonder how long the blades will last.
"It worked better than I thought, but you definitely have to cut a bit. It's not going to do a whole vegetable at a time, but I do think it'd save time in the kitchen," says Kay.
That time-saving factor helps this chopper "make the cut"--- despite its somewhat deceiving commercial. If you have the strength, it is easier to chop like with the Vidalia Chop Wizard than by hand. So, I'll generously give the Vidalia Chop Wizard a "B" on this Does it Work test.
Next week, I try some holiday items that might save you time and some stress during the busy season.