Last Updated on October 28, 2023
EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this again in 2023 for the same price of $9.99.
Over the years, I’ve collected an assortment of kitchen gadgets from Aldi. My family’s favorite is the Ambiano Air Fryer, but we also regularly use our toaster oven, slow cooker, waffle maker, and stand mixer from Aldi.
Another gadget that can be helpful during meal prep is a food chopper. I have owned a few non-electric food choppers, but they don’t always work well and can be a hassle to clean between the blades. So when Aldi sold an electric mini food chopper in March of 2022, I decided to give it a try.
The Ambiano Electric Mini Food Chopper cost $9.99 at the time of publication.
The box indicates this device is useful for chopping fruits, vegetables, bread crumbs, and herbs and spices. It can also be used to make dips and sauces.
Here’s more information on the food chopper:
- Chop, dice, mince, and shred easily and effortlessly
- 1.5-cup capacity
- One-touch activation and pulse control
- Includes stainless steel blade, clear plastic bowl, non-slip base, and safety lid
- Available in Blue or Black
- Made in China
To use the chopper, place the base on a flat, level, stable surface and plug it into an electrical outlet. Place the bowl on the base unit over the center stem, lining up with the notches on the base. Slide the blade down over the center column of the bowl, being careful not to touch the blades because they’re sharp. Place the lid on the bowl. The manual says to line up the lid with the base by turning the lid clockwise until it is in place, but the lid on my unit doesn’t turn; it simply rests on top of the bowl and base.
The lid, bowl, and blade of the chopper are dishwasher safe, but the base needs to be wiped by hand with a damp cloth, sponge, or paper towel. Never immerse the food chopper base into water.
The manual offers a few tips and some safety advice for using the chopper:
- Never run the chopper for longer than 30 seconds, and wait one minute to start again.
- Make sure hands are dry when plugging in and uplugging the cord.
- Do not use the food chopper to crush ice, coffee beans, or similar hard substances as this can damage the blade.
- If food seems to be chopped unevenly, make sure the bowl is not overloaded and that pieces are small enough. Try chopping a smaller amount or make sure pieces are cut smaller and are similar in size.
- If food seems to be watery or too fine, the food may have been over chopped. Make sure to use brief pulses for a shorter time, making sure the blade stops completely between pulses.
- If food collects on the lid and/or sides of the bowl, you may be chopping too much food at one. Turn the machine off, make sure the blade has completely stopped, remove the lid, and clean the bowl and lid with a spatula.
- If food catches on the blade, you may be chopping too much food. Turn the chopper off, making sure the blade has completely stopped, then remove the lid and scrape the blade with a spatula before starting again.
I initially tried chopping some onions in this food chopper. I chopped an onion into pieces that were roughly 1/2 an inch, then placed half of the chopped onion into the food chopper. The pulsing button is very sensitive to slight touches once the lid is placed on the unit, and it doesn’t take much pressure to activate the motor and turn the blades.
The chopper made quick work of my onion. It’s helpful to have a mini spatula or other utensil nearby so you can periodically stop the chopper, remove the lid, and scrape food bits off the side of the bowl for further chopping. It didn’t take long to get finely diced onions bits perfect for using in chili, salsa, breakfast burritos, or whatever you want to make. This is also a handy gadget for dicing onions to serve on top of hot dogs or chili.
Cleanup was a cinch, especially because all of the components except the base are dishwasher safe. I opted to wash the bowl, blades, and lid by hand. They were much easier to wash than my older manual choppers that have more crevices where food can get stuck.
I also later chopped some baby carrots that I pre-cut into chunks, and the chopper handled them fine. I’m looking forward to using this mini food chopper more, and I’ll update this post if necessary with any new developments.
The Ambiano Electric Mini Food Chopper is a helpful kitchen gadget if you want to chop small amounts of veggies, fruit, or other foods. It’s easy to use, with one-touch operation, and it’s also easy to clean. The three-year warranty is a nice bonus.