With canning and processing the harvest comes much chopping of vegetables and fruit. It is the most time consuming part of the entire process. So what are our options?
Well, we can stick to doing it by hand. This is great if you don't have much to do. Why dirty a bunch of equipment for a samll amount of produce? Purchase a good knife (we really like are Rada cutlery), keep it sharp, and your good to go!
If you have larger quantities a food processor is very handy. They are effective and produce nice even results. The largest capacity food processor I've ever seen was a 12 cup kitchen aid. It sounds like a lot but when you are producing bushels of produce at a time it still takes hours to get everything chopped.
For the canner who processes the largest quantities of food, it's time for the meat processor. Oh boy, does this do the trick! This is definitely the fastest way to chop vegetables. With a meat grinder you can feed the vegetables continually, never stopping to empty one batch and refill. Nope, just keep on feeding the grinder and watch it come out the other end perfectly chopped. We are never going back people. This has changed canning season for good and in such a good way!
We didn't start using the meat grinder until the season was almost over. That will never happen again now that we know how useful it is. We ended up using to make chunky (small chunks) apple sauce and green tomatoe relish.
The meat grinder saved us hours and hours of work and also from the burning ewyes you get when chopping up onions. Canning season will never be the same!
Take a look at the video below to see the fastest way to chop vegetables then check out the recipe for Green Tomato Relish and give your meat grinder a second purpose!
The FASTEST Way EVER to Chop Vegetables
Green Tomato Relish
Makes approximately 3 pint jars
So what did you think of using a meat grinder for chopping vegetables? Are you going to try it? Have you used your meat grinder for something else? Let me know in the commments below!
Have fun canning!
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Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!