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mezzaluna?

i am toying with getting a mezzaluna? i have been on one of those chopped salad binges and realized i could do this myself at home. (wonder if i would qualify for the make 9 get the 10th free card at my own house). any recommendations on brand? do i need a curved bowl to go with it or just my regular cutting board?

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  1. The only ones I've seen outside of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver programs are inexpensive and come with a cutting board with a concave indent. Edit: they were no-name as well, with blades made in China.

    It's by sheer coincidence but this post showed up just under the "most useless gadget" thread, which makes me ask why you need a mezzaluna when oh an existing knife and cutting board would do just as well (likely better) at making chopped salads.

      1. Most people I know that have them don't use them. Maybe at first as a novelty but in the long run there is nothing you can do with the mezzaluna that you can't do with a chef's knife and flat cutting board.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          My thought exactly. I can make a huge pile of chopped veggies in no time with a big flat board and my trusty 10" Sabatier.

          The only time I've seen one used for a purpose that wouldn't work as well with a chef's knife was when my mother used to make chopped liver in a low wooden bowl with hers - the combination of chopping and scraping lends itself particularly well to the mezzaluna, and the process delivers a more nuanced and less pureed consistency than doing that in a food processor. But I don't do that sort of thing often enough to justify buying the knife and bowl.

          1. I have done what you are thinking about. Worked out well.

            $5 for a large, thin, carbon-steel dough cutter blade that already had a little belly on it, maybe a little more than an Alaskan ulu profile, but same style handle. Even ground in a little more roundness into its profile and sharpened it up good. Then I had a good sized chunk of butcher block, maybe 2 feet square and 4" thick. With a compass-type scribe, you then lay out where you want the "bowl" to be, 1-2 inches wider than the distance the blade will rock (I put mine relatively close to an edge, not in the center, but more on that later).

            So much for the easy/safe part. You CAN do the next step with a simple 4.5" angle-grinder wheel or a RO sander, but it takes a LOOOOOONG time to dish out the bowl. But if you are either VERY careful and/or crazy, you buy a woodcarving tool called a "Lancelot". The Lancelot is basically a very short CHAINSAW blade that mounts on a disc you chuck up on your selfsame angle-grinder. Use the guard, practice on a piece of scrap lumber, go slowly, and BROOK NO DISTRACTIONS. You will find that with a little practice you can actually do fairly fine work, especially on hardrock maple. When you have it roughed out deep enough to satisfy you, go back with finer sandpaper and smooth it out, add a little mineral oil, and you're done.

            Now then, I DO use my Hillbilly Mezzaluna quite a bit. I find it works better than a knife for minces, principally because the mince falls off the blade BACK INTO THE BOWL, rather than getting spread over Hell's Half Acre. However, Scoobadoo is partially right insofar as I think it's more efficient to do coarser dices with a knife and THEN simply scrape it over into the Mezzaluna bowl for mincing. Since I'm right-handed, I located the bowl 'way right of center so I could just push the food away to the right. If you are working with two minces of the same size just fill 'er with both dices and start rocking.

            Good Luck. And keep all your fingers.

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            1. re: kaleokahu

              not sure I would really use it, but sounds cool, let's see a picture!

              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                Sorry this took so long, the board was at my beach house. Here you go.

                 
                 
                 
                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    oh yes, yours _is_ outstanding!
                    I appreciate your beautiful work but I still won't use one. :P

              2. I have one with double blades and the food always gets stuck in there. I rarely use it.

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                1. re: sparkareno

                  lol i give! i just read the most useless gadgets post!