Kitchen tools should make our lives easier and solve problems. The Veg-o-Matic Deluxe from Ronco does just that. It is a huge time and effort-saving chopping tool that significantly cuts down on your kitchen prep time all while chopping nicely uniform fruits and veggies.

The Veg-o-Matic has 5 different blades for different jobs:Veg-o-Matic

Small dice– for finely diced onions and garlic

Large dice- for long slices of veggies for platters or perfectly uniform homemade French Fries, eggplant fries or zucchini fries. Or use this blade for cubing fruits and veggies.

Thin slice– circular or half-moon cuts of cucumber, zucchini, squash, onions, eggplant, celery, carrots, lemons, limes etc.

Thick slice– Thicker sliced veggies or quickly make orange

slices for the whole soccer team! Or use this blade to make a

quick fruit salad of melons, kiwi, and berries….

Corer– quickly core apples, pears for snacks or pies.

I really love the Veg-o-Matic for big jobs that I like precision on- like fruit or veggie trays, apple pies, crudité platters, and soups.

I used it recently for a usually tear worthy job of chopping 3 onions. I wanted to make a big batch of pickled onions for our Sunday brunch, but even after all these years in the kitchen I have yet to find a tear-free onion chopping trick that really works- so I pulled out my Veg-o-Matic. What would have usually taken 10 minutes and a makeup refresh took me seconds and zero tears.

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Ingredients

Pickled Purple Onions

  •  3 med-large purple onions, peeled
  • 2-½ cups good quality distilled white vinegar*
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons mixed color peppercorns
  • 1-tablespoon dill seeds

Other Kitchen tools needed

Strainer/ colander

4 cups of boiling water for blanching

Quart sized glass jar or bowl (do not store in plastic or metal)

Directions

  1. Place a saucepan filled with water on the stove and bring to a boil.
  2. While water is warming peel onions, trim off the top and bottom of onions and chop onions in half pole to pole. If you’re working with larger onions make 4 cuts pole to pole to make bite size pieces.
  3. With the small slicing blade inserted in your Veg-o-Matic slice each sections of your onion along the axis.
  4. Place the onions in your strainer in the sink and pour the boiling water over the onions to slightly blanch. Drain completely.
  5. In a large Mason jar (quart size) dissolve sugar and salt in vinegar. Add in peppercorns, garlic and dill seeds.
  6. Add drained onions to vinegar mix.
  7. Your onions will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.IMG_5934

*Rice vinegar and apple cider vinegar work as well, just be sure to use good quality vinegar for a good flavor.

pickled purple onion

These pickled onions last forever in the fridge and add a punch of flavor to any dish. Try making a batch of these onions and add them to burgers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, meats, eggs… you name it.