As Seen On TV: Mini Nicer Dicer

Chopping and dicing vegetables can be time-consuming and dangerous if you are not careful with that knife. But perhaps there is a better way.

Let's just say this may be a "Nicer" way of chopping, dicing, and mincing.

It is called the Mini Nicer Dicer. It promises to let you chop and dice evenly and faster than ever before.

But would the Mini Nicer Dicer make the cut in our As Seen On TV test?

Usually when you are making soup, salad or a casserole, and you have to dice and mince things, it will take you a long time to get all your ingredients chopped up finely the way you like it. That is where the Mini Nicer Dicer comes in.

It certainly is mini. It easily fits in a drawer and it is pretty easy to use. So, why don't we do a little “mini nicey dicey.”

Let's say you want to chop up some onion for your casserole or your soup. All you do is lift the Mini Dicer up, put it on a little platform and you close it. (It's not working) Well, let's give that another shot. You press it down and I'll tell you what, it takes a lot of force to try to get that thing closed. We finally got that to close.

Then you turn it upside down and, in the container, you are supposed to have your diced onion. Then, you just pull it back open and you take a little cleaning platform and you have got more of your diced onion. There is still a lot of what we chopped up stuck on the blades. The issue I have is you are losing a lot of the stuff you have already paid for.

Let's try a little pepper here. The pepper is kind of stuck in there. The Mini Nicer Dicer cuts it up nicely but it is not that easy to get it out. I wonder if it would be any easier with olives. You are also supposed to be able to Julienne potatoes or carrots. That actually worked pretty well.

Here is my take on the mini nicer dicer. When I did not have any trouble bringing the blades down, what it made was pretty nice. But I had to constantly clean out the blade. I had to constantly remove the cleaning platform. I even, on a couple of occasions, had to go to the sink and squirt it out because all that material was stuck inside.

It did do a nice job doing the julienne cut, but, again, you have to cut it down so small to get it to work. With all the time I spent doing that and everything I had on the cutting board, I probably could have diced and minced by the time I got done with everything else.

So while in theory it looks like a pretty good tool in the kitchen, the Mini Nicer Dicer is not so nicer and gets the thumbs down.

The Mini Nicer Dicer is dishwasher safe, if you are wondering. I paid $10 for mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It is also for sale on the internet.

So what is next week?

This is for everyone who has had trouble threading a needle, and that probably includes everyone who has tried to thread a needle.

It is called the One Second Needle.

As the name would imply, it is so easy you can supposedly thread this needle in a second and even blindfolded.

But would the One Second Needle get snagged in our As Seen On TV test? Find out next Monday, Just Before Six.

You can check out the Mini Nicer Dicer by clicking here.

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