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Nov 10, 2006 11:24 AM

Do you use a mezzaluna?

I was thinking of posting this on the "useless clutter" thread, but I'm not sure yet.

I got a mezzaluna as a gift recently, and used it to chop some parsley and garlic. It worked ok, but I still felt I could do better and faster with a knife. I also felt a bit awkward with the way it moves. It also seemed quite sharp, but still the parsley looked kind of crushed, and not as cleanly chopped as when I use the knife.

I'm not giving up yet. But I wonder if any of you hounds use a mezzaluna, and why you might or might not prefer it in some situations...


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  1. I do not use one myself, but my mother did. Her secret was to use a wooden bowl with about the same curve as the blade. It enabled her to do a sort of combination chopping-scraping move that was very effective for making things like chopped liver.

    1. I have tried a dozen times. I keep watching Nigella use one like a pro, but I can't get the hang of it. Give me a good sharp knife any day of the week.

      1. I got one as a gift, and I was totally excited, since I'd really wanted on. I use is rarely, and am incredibly frustrated when I do. It doesn't chop well, and stuff gets stuck up between the two blades all the time.

        1. I have one, but never use it. I used it a few times, but found I could do a better job with my chef's knife. I should say that the one I have is a double-bladed version. The herbs tended to get stuck between the blades. Bought it on sale . . . .

          1. Do I *have* one, yes. Single-blade, with a matching bowl, got for a dollar at a garage sale or free from someone who was moving or something.

            Do I *use* it, very rarely. It's good for certain things but not enough better than a chef's knife and flat board on the one hand or a food processor on the other that I'd buy one.