Norpro Bean Frencher
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2009
I was skeptical about how something like this would actually work, especially with the mixed reviews I've read on this site and others. It really isn't as bad as some would lead you to believe. Use some common sense and a bit of ingenuity and it works fine. No, you can't put a giant handfull of beans in it and expect it to not clog up. If you put in 3 or 4 at a time you'll have no problems. No, the jaws of the clamps don't open 4 inches to accomodate a countertop. They open only about 1.5 inches, enough to clamp on the edge of a table. I used a couple thin silicone pads, one on top and one underneath the table under the clamps. There was room for this and it did not damage the surface of the oak dining table at all. I have to admit, it doesn't clamp down super tight with the pads this way. One person CAN turn the crank by themselves and feed beans into the hopper with no problems, but it did work best with my husband's help. He turned the crank as fast as he could while simultaneously feeding beans into the hopper. I helped steady the slicer to the table. We went through a large brown shopping bag of beans in about 10 minutes. We grow our own vegetables every year and this is the best way to get frenched beans. You do have to disassemble the slicer to get all the bean bits out but it isn't difficult to do. If you use this with realistic expectations and realize you're going to have to work with it a bit to make it work, you'll be very happy with the result of the beans and with the time it saves. If you expect it to do all the work and the thinking for you, you'll think it's a piece of junk. It's not 100% perfect but it's as close as we're ever going to get for under $25.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2000
I just recently purchased the Norpro Bean Frencher and it works better than anything else I've tried using. I used to try other methods of preparing beans, but I wasted so much strength cutting beans. The Nopro Bean Frencher will do all your hard work- it'll cut several beans at a time and slice string cheese with an effortless crank turn. The price is certainly right and no one can go wrong on this. I like to try as many kitchen products that cut down on cooking or preparing time as I can, and I'm sure everybody will have fun using this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2008
I like this tool but my kitchen counters are too deep to clamp it onto the counter itself. Had to clamp it on a cutting board which makes it less sturdy if you're doing multiple beans. I'm left-handed and like most things like this they're made for righties. Cuts can be a bit inconsistant...frankly, I prefer the other single bean frencher for many applications but if you were doing a quantity this would be the way to go.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
My sister and her family were at my home for Thanksgiving. I put her daughter-in-law in charge of frenching the green beans. I set up the Norpro and showed her what to do. They were both ecstatic to discover this gadget! I'm ordering one for both of them. I've had mine for at least ten years and haven't had to replace it. It has never failed me. I'm surprised at the number of negative reviews. I have 1.25" granite countertops in my kitchen. I simply put a dishcloth over the edge before I attach the Norpro. I open the dishwasher and pull out the top rack and balance a mixing bowl under the Norpro and away we go! I've used this thing for so long that I guess I've gotten pretty fast at it. I grab a handful of beans and feed them through a couple at a time depending on their thickness. I keep the handle spinning all the time. I can churn out a couple of pounds of beans in nothing flat! I love the consistency of the cut. We haven't had a whole green bean in this house in about a decade. Best $15 gadget I ever bought!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
I am always curious when I see so many mixed reviews of a product, but I had to laugh after I bought one of these and put it to work. The only problem with this item is that it came without instructions. I guess they have more faith in mankind than they should. Yes, the clamp is too small for a countertop. Guess what, it wasn't designed to hang off a countertop and drop your beans on the floor or require 4 hands to make it work. Simply clamp it on a cutting board and hang it over the edge of your sink. Put a bowl in the sink, feed a few beans into the hopper while turning the crank and make perfectly cut french green beans with ease. They just drop into the bowl and are ready to cook. This is so much fun to do and works so well that you will want to make pounds of them! I can't help but laugh at those poor non-mechanical types who wrote reviews about their tales of whoa and frustration trying to figure out how to use it with two people in a garage balancing a bowl, clamps, and going through other contortions trying to figure out how to use this simple device. Just buy it. You will love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2008
I bought this product last year and it really is much faster than using a knife to make french-style green beans. It has held up really well and to wash it I just swoosh it around in hot soapy water and then let it air dry overnight before putting it away. The only problem I had with it was that I had trouble finding a surface to attach it too because my countertop and tables have a beveled edge. My hubby attached it to a piece of wood with straight edges and then clamped the wood onto the table top. That solved the problem of it sliding around. I would recommend this product to anyone who has a large amount of green beans to slice because it does make the job much easier and if you have a table or countertop with straight edges you'll be all set too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
Handle was a little slow going but hook a cordless drill to it and look out works wonders great fast shipping very well pleased
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2011
I don't know what I expected but the last french bean slicer I had came from a company called Spong and it clamped onto the table via a suction pad. What that did was lift the dispensing shoot above the table which then gave room for a plate to catch them - easy one-man machine (alas no longer on the market and mine was lost years ago).

This one was sturdily built but didn't fit onto the counter top. I tried a table but with either way you cannot turn and catch at the same time, so the beans landed on the floor. I was still prepared to work with it, but as soon as we - husband turning, me feeding - put 3 beans in the hopper - it ceased up and something/cog maybe, broke and the thing no longer works. Total usage - maybe 5 mins. Mine is going back and I will continue to cut the beans with a knife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
As a slicer, this is a great tool. It will french slice your beans slick as a whistle. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't clamp tight. This seems to be a common problem with many clamp-on gadgets. They skimp on the length of the base and the result is a very wobbly clamp. So this is a two-man job: one to turn the handle with one hand and hold the slicer with the other hand so that it doesn't wobble while the second person feeds the beans into it.

Clean up can be a little trying. I needed a toothbrush, thin paring knife and finally tweezers to get pieces of beans from between the tiny grooves and gears. I can't help but think that it'd be easier to clean if it came apart.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2008
We recently purchased this item and found it to be nothing but a hassle. It was difficult to find a place to clamp it to. You have to position the thing on the side of a narrrow table or cupboard edge and then put a pot or pan under it. It only slices 1 or 2 beans at a time or else it cranks extremely hard. Even arfter they are supposedly frenched the beans are still thick and so often they have to be put through the frencher twice. This is not a good product
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