If you hate mincing as much as I do, this mezzaluna will be your culinary workhorse.
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Few kitchen commands send quite as much dread down my spine as “mince the herbs.” Is there any culinary task quite so painstaking, so mind-numbing, so time-consuming? Whether I’m making pesto, tabbouleh, or a chopped salad, I always find that mincing is the fastest way to suck the joy out of a luscious meal. By the time it gets to the table, I’m exhausted.
Enter the mezzaluna. Meaning “half moon” in Italian, this old-fashioned workhorse will cut your chopping time in half—and it's actually fun to use. Why chop or mince when you could rock快乐飞艇开奖app? Checkered Chef’s budget-friendly blade and cutting board set is the best option out there for mezzaluna newbies. Here’s why.
快乐飞艇开奖appSharp enough to make quick work of herbs and leafy greens, but not so lethal as to bruise them, this blade can slice and dice pretty much anything you can think of—garlic, greens, baking chocolate, breadcrumbs, etc. Simply wrap your fingers around the sturdy handle, thumb on the outside, and rock the blade over your ingredients until they reach the desired level of shredded. If it’s precision you’re looking for, then the mezzaluna isn’t the right tool, but if you’re looking for a quick and dirty method of transforming large items into small pieces, then you need a mezzaluna. Don’t feel limited to chopping one ingredient at a time, either; if I'm making pesto, for example, I chop my basil, garlic, and pine nuts all in one go.
While you can purchase a standalone mezzaluna and use it with an everyday cutting board, I’m a big advocate of paired sets like this one, which comes with a curved wooden board. The gentle slope of the board makes for easy rocking and less stress on your arms; it also keeps your ingredients tidily nestled at the center of the shallow bowl. Less stress, less mess—music to my ears when it comes to working in the kitchen.
The mezzaluna is a serious time-saver. For example: I recently made tabbouleh, which called for three generous bunches of minced parsley. What would have taken eons with a knife instead took just a fraction of that with my mezzaluna. Just think of what you can do with all the time you gain back.
快乐飞艇开奖appPerhaps the best thing about the mezzaluna is how it frees you from the mental acuity required of knifework; with your fingers far away from the blade and any concept of precision tossed out the window, you can free up your mind to listen to a podcast, half-watch a television show, enjoy an audiobook—whatever it is that you like to do while cooking. You might even turn on some tunes, lean into the rhythmic rocking motion, and add a little hip action. I won't judge if you include a little mezzaluna shimmy in your prep work.