Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Alligator the onion cutter

This piece of kitchen gadgetry should have come complete with ear defenders and a box of paracetamol. The noise it makes when you use it, even though it is totally manual, is unbelievable. How it passed any health and safety tests is quite beyond me.
I purchased this piece of equipment because I was fed up with onions making me cry!! It is truly horrible when that happens.
This is called an alligator because its jaws go snap!! quite violently I might add. When I use this I have to shut the window, kitchen and back door, because of the noise.
To use this you need a certain level of tolerance, a good sense of humour and be able to cope with the unexpected, for reasons I will explain.
To dice a carrot, cut the carrot into very thin slices and place them in the alligator one by one, otherwise the carrot gets stuck in the metal dicing plate. A certain amount of strength is required in order to carry out this task because you have to press down hard on its jaws. I have actually hurt my elbow doing this.
To dice celery, cut the celery into small pieces and then cut again, place one by one into the alligator to dice otherwise this will also get stuck in the dicing plate.
To dice an onion, again cut into fairly small pieces, otherwise this will also get stuck.
Are you now getting the picture?
The diced vegetables are supposed to go into a container on top of the alligator, this again isn't without its problems. Firstly, it is difficult to get the container to sit correctly on top of the dicing plate, secondly, whilst you are using brute force to dice the vegetables this makes the vegetable catcher come off. Therefore, the contents go in all directions!!
I'm sure there must be an easier way to dice vegetables......now, where's that knife?!!!


Kelly-Jane said...

You are the Queen of kitchen gadgets :) I wonder why it makes such a noise?!

Trig said...

I think I'll stick to my knife.

ros said...

I want one- just so I can scare people.

Margaret said...

Kelly-Jane - it makes a lot of noise because of the snapping action whilst it is trying to dice veg!

Trig -The knife is always best, but my knife skills are minimal.

Ros - Thanks for making me laugh!

Margaret says - I think my ideal job would be roadtesting kitchen gadgets!!

Anonymous said...

I had one very like this - It went back to the shop for a refund! They were quite happy to refund, as they had tried it themselves, and agreed that it was not fit for the purpose it was bought for!!

shyamala said...

I have a simpler solution for you. You could peel, halve and soak your onions in a bowl of water for roughly 20 (+/- some) and then chop them. no more tears. :- )

Margaret said...

Hi Shyamala - your solution is much more sensible. Thank you for your comment. Mx

Anonymous said...

you must be doing something wrong, because mine works a treat. all the vegetables have to be fresh otherwise yes, the blades will just squish everything. and the noise issue, that's a bit of an exaggeration!!!

Margaret said...

Anonymous - I honestly did use fresh vegetables. The noise issue, is unfortunately, not in the least exaggerated. I really did get fed up with vegetables sticking in the blades as well. I have duly binned Alligator the Onion Cutter to put both it and me out of our misery.
There is another vegetable and fruit cutter on the market which I bought, and I have no issues with this whatsoever.
I am pleased that you have found the complete opposite to me though.
Thank you for leaving a comment.