One Simply Terrific Thing: The Norpro Nut Chopper

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Forget a knife or food processor! This glass hand-cranked nut chopper is the best way to chop nuts.


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Are you nuts for nuts? I sure am, and not above deploying bad puns to prove it.

To aid me in achieving maximum nut consumption, I love the Norpro Nut Chopper. It’s a smart upgrade to an old-fashioned gadget you may very well have seen in your grandmother’s kitchen.

Why the Norpro Nut Chopper Is the Best

I am usually not a big fan of single-use tools; that this nut chopper has earned a nook in my cabinets for years is a mark of its handiness.

The Norpro Nut Chopper is the spitting image of an old relic I found at a thrift store when I was in my 20s that I still use out of stubborn sentimentality. It features a glass jar and stainless steel blades, and I highly recommend it over choppers made from plastic. The sturdy glass jar can withstand the stress from handling, while users report threads cracking in the jars of plastic models. (I remember customers returning plastic choppers to the cookware store I worked at years ago for the very same reason.)

It chops nuts better than either you or your food processor, and the nuts are consistently sized. When you load nuts into the top compartment, depending on which direction you crank the handle, the blade will chop coarsely or finely and the chopped nuts fall into the jar below.

One caveat about hand-cranked nut choppers is they’re not that great with almonds, which are perhaps a bit too hard for them to handle with ease. But that still leaves pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, and peanuts for hours of nut-chopping pleasure. (PS: Kids love using this thing.)

As intended, I use the chopper for nuts only, and thus hardly ever wash it. The jar can go in the dishwasher if you like, but the top fares best simply wiped off.

Cheers to good tools!

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Sara Bir

Sara Bir a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and the author of two cookbooks: The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio. Past gigs include leading chocolate factory tours, slinging street cart sausages, and writing pop music criticism. Sara skates with her local roller derby team as Carrion the Librarian.

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  1. Mark

    I remember these from my childhood in the 50s and 60s. Never felt a need to own one, but if I did, I’d feel comfortable w/ Norpro. They make good stuff.

  2. Mark

    I got one but it chops too fine for cookies , I like bigger chunks.
    great for sprinkles for ice cream

  3. Van

    My grandmother had one that was yellow from decades of use when I was a kid in the early 80s. All the kids and grandkids though the years had the job of grinding pecans for tassies at Christmas. I can still remember the sound & smell! I had no idea they still made these.

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  4. Walter Underwood

    My mom had one of these in the 1960s, probably still does. I’m happy this is still around.

  5. Matty

    My mom was a fervent cookie baker when we were growing up, and it was always our job to chop the nuts! What a nolstalgic, find memory!

One Simply Terrific Thing: The Norpro Nut Chopper