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A good tool, a great concept, but not for everything
on March 7, 2011
The slap chop and graty are tools...and like any tool, they have their benefits and their drawbacks. I now have these, a v-slicer, and a regular food processor. I use the food processor for large batch jobs, the v-slicer when I am slicing large foods, and the slap-chop when I want to chop small batches.
First, you have to read the instructions and make sure the locking ring (the black bit just under the plunger) is locked down. If it doesn't feel like it's engaging, check to make sure you're turning it the right way. Also, don't overload the chamber. If it feels flimsy, you haven't put it back together properly.
Like any manual tool you have to get a feel for it. When I started with mine, I had some trouble at times.
The upshot: you have a tool that does as well as a powered mini-chopper (if not better, you get finer control), and it's dishwasher safe and cleans thoroughly. Unlike the infomercial, you do have to clean between jobs, but if you have a sink sprayer, you can rinse off the gunk if you're going to use it immediately. Otherwise, you break it down, put it in the dishwasher, and run it.
On the graty: this has so far surpassed my Zyliss crank grater for medium cheeses (cheddar, monterey jack, etc). The Zyliss will still be good for hard cheeses like parmesan, but the graty now works best for cheddar on nachos or chili. There is one thing to remember...if you want results like in the infomercial, REMOVE THE COTTER PIN. You can do without it, and if it turns out I'm wrong, you can get replacements at most hardware stores.