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Mezzaluna - recommendation for size and brand with cover (or separate cover)

monamifood Jun 9, 2013 04:54 AM

Yesterday I had a lunch at Chop't (choptsalad.com) in Bethesda, MD and watched while they chopped my salad ingredients with a mezzaluna. That's one kitchen knife I don't yet have and think I could use. When I looked on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos... for mezzaluna's, I found too many choices. Can anyone recommend a good mezzaluna - either from the list on Amazon or somewhere else? I would prefer one that comes with a cover or one without a cover for which I could buy a separate cover. Thanks!

  1. monamifood Jun 13, 2013 01:20 PM

    Thanks to all for your responses so far. If it's OK, I'd like to ask another 2 questions related to mezzalunas. : )

    You see I prepared a lot of finely chopped parsley this past week (for tabouli, a recipe I was developing for my blog) and now I'm sold on tabouli and I plan to make it over and over again. So...I am now convinced that I want to buy a mezzaluna of the size that will work for chopping large quantities of parsley (not lettuce).

    1. What size mezzaluna would be best for chopping a lot of parsley (not just a few herbs)?

    2. How important is the concave bowl that I see paired with some mezzalunas? Can I do without the bowl and just use a cutting board?

    Thanks, all!
    Leni

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    1. re: monamifood
      SWISSAIRE Jun 13, 2013 11:24 PM

      Leni-

      1. That depends. Your strength, your hands, even your height in relation to the chopping or cutting surface you will be using. Do you need a large or small cutter, two handles, or just one hand ? Some prefer to do this task sitting down at the table.

      We started with inheriting a large old wooden mezzaluna, single blade, with two wood handles that started falling apart. Not our favourite, which today is the smaller double stainless WMF. It does a better job, is easier to clean, and stays sharp.

      So, I would say that many prefer the additional pressure that comes with two handles. But not necessarily a large blade or blades.

      Small herbes cut fine with a small mezzaluna, even in large bunches. But this is a matter of personal choice, so you may want something large.

      For example, I cut large amounts of Italian Parsley with one hand rocking motion, using our double bladed mezzaluna from Rösle. It took a little getting used to, but ergonomically it is easier and quicker once you learn how.

      But for the same identical task my wife prefers the double bladed, double handled mezzaluna from WMF.

      2. The concave cut into the mezzaluna cutting board keeps the cut herbes in place, and in the concave.

      For larger amounts though, it will start to spill out and over. For a large amount of lettuce, or salad greens, it would be better to only use a large flat cutting surface.

      The white silicone chopping board we have from Rösle has a concave on one side, and a flat surface on the other. It also has a rail ring to hand the board after it is used and then washed and rinsed. Best of both worlds.

      1. re: SWISSAIRE
        monamifood Jun 14, 2013 04:12 AM

        Hi Swissaire, Thank you so much for your detailed comments! I have just purchased a mezzaluna! : ) I found a used/like new, 7-in WMF mezzaluna with 2 handles (like the one in the photo that your wife prefers). Here's the link
        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003... It only cost 29.71 USD including shipping! I can't wait to start using the mezzaluna to chop parsley and other herbs. Once I get it, I'll figure out how to store it safely... I am thinking that instead of trying to find a cover for it and putting it in a drawer, I may just hang it as you and other suggested. Since my kitchen isn't set up for hanging things, unfortunately, I will probably hang it up in the laundry room that's a few steps away from the kitchen. And I'll use my large cutting board for now. Maybe later I'll pick up a bowl that's suited for it or something like your Rosle silicone chopping board with a concave surface on one side. Again, many thanks for all your help!!!

        1. re: monamifood
          SWISSAIRE Jun 14, 2013 06:26 PM

          My pleasure Monamifood-

          Good for you !

          We keep both of ours in a deep drawer on a cut-fit piece of foam, blades down. The handles are up which is safer to remove or to place back in the drawer.

          Any good cutting board either wood or plastic will do.

          1. re: SWISSAIRE
            monamifood Jun 15, 2013 02:27 AM

            Hi Swissaire, Thanks for the information about how you store your mezzalunas. I like that idea too. But I do not have a deep drawer. However, I could put it into a box and stick the blades into some foam (blades down) like you do. Then I could keep it on a shelf in the laundry room or even in the kitchen!

            I am looking forward to using my new mezzaluna.

            And thanks again for all your help!

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      iyc_nyc Jun 9, 2013 03:20 PM

      This Oxo set is designed for chopped salad and has decent reviews, but might be too large/hard to store for your purposes: http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-...

      I don't think it comes with a cover, and it's not a real mezzaluna, if that's important to you (likely is more single-purpose).

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      1. re: iyc_nyc
        monamifood Jun 9, 2013 06:21 PM

        Thanks, Lyc-Nyc. I appreciate your suggestion. Leni

      2. SWISSAIRE Jun 9, 2013 02:21 PM

        Here are two that we use.

        One by Rösle, and the other by WMF. Both surgically sharp, double blades, stainless steel, and dishwasher safe.

        Our Rösle uses one hand, and took a little getting used to. My wife then requested one with two handles to apply more force, and we found the WMF to have the best features.

        One can use a standard cutting board, but the Rösle came as a set with a special cutting board as pictured. There is a slight concave recess to facilitate the cutting. Herbes, salad, all chop well using either tool.

        The local custom here is to place the cutter blade down on a wall rack near the sink. We place both of ours inside a drawer with small foam cushioning insert cut to fit below the blades.

         
         
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        1. re: SWISSAIRE
          monamifood Jun 9, 2013 06:21 PM

          Hi Swissaire, I searched for WMF and found this link with lots of Mezzalunas! http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/info-d... I think when I'm ready to add to overstuffed drawer, I may get the double blade one by WMT. Thanks for the recommendation. Leni

          1. re: monamifood
            SWISSAIRE Jun 9, 2013 10:31 PM

            MonAmifood-

            You are most welcome !

            Swissaire

        2. linguafood Jun 9, 2013 09:23 AM

          I have a double mezzaluna (with cover) that is fab for chopping herbs. Unfortunately, there's no brand name on it.

          For herbs, I would def recommend a double mezza.

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          1. re: linguafood
            monamifood Jun 9, 2013 02:13 PM

            Hi linguafood, Hmm... I may just wait and think about this some more since I don't have a lot of room to store something big and double bladed like you and the others have recommended. But thanks! Leni

            1. re: monamifood
              linguafood Jun 9, 2013 02:16 PM

              It's not big at all. Maybe as long as regular scissors? It's in one of my kitchen drawers along with.... scissors, a can opener, another pair of scissors, a mandoline, a lemon juicer, and other sundry things.

          2. tim irvine Jun 9, 2013 08:29 AM

            Or, just to have even more options, check out an ulu:

            http://www.ulu.com/products/Bowl-Ulu-...

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            1. re: tim irvine
              monamifood Jun 9, 2013 01:39 PM

              Thanks, Tim!

              1. re: tim irvine
                kattyeyes Jun 9, 2013 02:13 PM

                Is that price correct? That sounds like one helluva deal--can't be!

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                iyc_nyc Jun 9, 2013 06:12 AM

                Just a heads up to distinguish between mezzaluna's designed for herbs, etc., vs. those for salads. You'll likely want a larger one (say, 8-10") for salads. IMHO, many of the mezzalunas linked above are likely too small to use effectively to make chopped salad.

                (I have the Shun set, and only use it for herbs, garlic, dried fruit, etc. -- it'd be way too small for salad).

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                1. re: iyc_nyc
                  monamifood Jun 9, 2013 01:39 PM

                  Thanks, Lyc_nyc, for pointing this out. I see what you mean!

                  1. re: iyc_nyc
                    kattyeyes Jun 9, 2013 01:46 PM

                    Your post caught my eye--I've always wanted a mezzaluna, then you said Shun set and I had to google.

                    Do you have this?
                    http://kitchenarts.com/products/Shun-...

                    Do you love it? Ohmy. Just when I think "What else could possibly go on my wish list?!"

                    1. re: kattyeyes
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                      iyc_nyc Jun 9, 2013 03:08 PM

                      Haha.. yes. I don't use it too often, but it's useful when I do!

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