It takes a lot to prepare a meal. From a pile of un-prepped food come protein, starch and veg in meal form. All three together on a plate make for a striking combination to hungry eyes, but it takes a little work to get to that point. Of course, cooking food requires the application of heat and often a medium of some sort, be it boiling water or hot fat. Add to that list a little elbow grease.
The Zweissen Quick Chop Food Processor/Salsa Maker ($20) combines useful prep tools into one handy kitchen gadget. Included with the prep tool are a chopper, a whisking paddle and an egg separator. What really brings it home (or on the road) is the inclusion of a small salad spinner basket. A similar item from Zweissen (Kitchen Multi Set) is also available that includes slicing attachments.
Needing no electricity to operate, the versatile kitchen tool can go anywhere. Think everywhere from tailgating to camping to picnics to even just the backyard. The compact device won't replace the electric workhorse in the kitchen, but for smaller meals the convenience looks promising. With a three-blade chopper and other attachments, the food prep tool opens up possibilities while requiring nothing more than a little imagination -- and maybe a touch of elbow grease.