Friday, April 26, 2013

Chop Chop! Kimchee Productivity

We’ve all heard the phrase “Chop chop!” Although it’s mildly laced with racial overtones, it does find its origins in the China. Often heard during the construction of our early American rail roads, it literally means “Hurry hurry!” in Cantonese.

As I court the retail and wholesale world I need to hurry-up my kimchee productivity. I recently purchased a new kitchen tool, the Nemco Chopper II. It has a 1/2" gauge plate that’s perfect for making my cubed fermented radish (kkakdugi). For future uses, I can purchase adaptable plates that range from 1/4" to 1". Even on sale it was more that most high -end blenders ($230) but worth every cent.

With a few thumps with the push block I’ve cut my time into a third of what I can do with a sharp knife. I admit there’s much pleasure I get from using something that looks so medieval. I do have to mind the blades though, they are very sharp. I don’t want to find myself in the ER explaining a waffle shaped cut to the hand.

But Knife skills are not indispensable. After cutting the fries, I still use my clever to make perfect cubes. Of course this also cuts perfect thick wedges of French fries. I made sure to test that out first. In case you were wondering, deep fried radish is very gross. I think my new Nemco Chooper is going to get a work out this summer. I better check into the cost of blade replacement. I’m sure they’re not cheap.

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