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Does it Work: Chop Wizard

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Don't look now but Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! If you're feeling overwhelmed by what you need to tackle in the kitchen, there may be a tool to make the task less daunting.

The Vidalia Chop Wizard promises to cut straight into your prep time, so we tried it out.

As the general manager and caterer at Focaccia's Deli, Barb Reese knows her way around a kitchen. They slice and dice over 100 pounds of fruits and vegetables a day, not including another 80 pounds of lettuce alone.

Barb agreed to carve out a little time in her hectic shift to test the Chop Wizard.

"I'll do red onions first because we use a lot of that on our salads," Barb said.

She was impressed.

"Nice and small, consistently cut, so it's not like you're getting big and small pieces," she said. "You're getting consistency of chop, so everything will be uniform on your salad, which is always nice."

There are two sets of blades with the Chop Wizard – a thicker cut for chopping, and one for dicing more precise, fine pieces.

Barb didn't stop at the onions. She tried the tool out on tomatoes, green peppers and cucumbers.

"I think this is great," she said. "If you are making chili or anything and you're using fresh tomatoes, or salsa, I think this would be perfect ‘cause you can measure it out."

There is a measuring tool on the side of the basin, and the whole Chop Wizard is dishwasher safe.

"I would give it an A, actually," Barb said. "I think it's a great product…I would love this at home. If I had this, it would be a lot easier for me to just pop a soup or any kind of a special out."

So the $19.99 Chop Wizard carves out a perfect passing grade in this week's Does it Work test.

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