things every kitchen should have: a mezzaluna.

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Mezzaluna means half-moon in Italian, and as you can see it’s a very nice looking kind of half-moon shaped knife. Two handles make it super easy to chop really fast, and it looks really impressive too! It also has double blades, so it won’t fall over if you get too enthusiastic – and of course, it chops things in half the time one blade would take!

 

I use this for so much: the obvious main use is for fresh herbs. It makes short work of big leafy things and turns them into fine piles nice and quickly. I also use it for chopping nuts, chocolate, dried fruit … it’s extremely useful.

The one complaint I have about it is that the chopping board it comes with, with the nice trough in it, is not really necessary. While I have no doubt that such a board would be very useful, for some reason on my one the blade just doesn’t fit it quite right. And I can get a much nicer chopping motion going on a simple flat board.

If you live in New Zealand, you can pick one of these up from Farmers. The brand is Baccarat, but there are several brands about (also have a look at Living and Giving, Stevens, etc. but these places are obviously more expensive). They’re eternally on a two for one sale, so this will set you back a whole $10. And hey, give the other one to your mum for her birthday. It’s a pretty great present (my flatmate actually did give one to his mum for her birthday. I am unsure if she liked it but I know I would if I were her).

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