Fruit & Vegetable Chopping Container

Brand: Progressive International
Model: GPC-4000
EAN: 0885883823324
Category: Food & Drinks
List Price: $35.99
Price: $31.98  (127 customer reviews)
You Save: $4.01 (11%)
Dimension: 3.50 x 10.00 x 4.25 inches
Shipping Wt: 1.10 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Prepworks by Progressive Fruit and Vegetable Chopper chops, dices and slices a variety of fruits and vegetables in one swift motion. Built-in side blade minimizes need for pre-cutting. Measurements printed on non-skid base container. Includes cleaning tool and storage box. Dishwasher safe.

For over 40 years, our mission has been to create innovative kitchen tools and gadgets that make food preparation fun and fast while inspiring culinary creativity. From our thinstore™ collapsibles to our sophisticated PL8™ line, our dedication to providing quality products supported by superior customer service continues to drive our creative development today.

At Progressive International, we continually strive to understand the needs of today’s cooks. Our team includes talented, energetic and passionate people committed to reimagining the kitchen. We strive to pass our passion on to our consumers through our thoughtfully designed tools, layered with our avid desire to go beyond the expected. 

Our philosophy is simple: offer stylish designs complimented by no-nonsense functionality. We understand the kitchen is the heart of the home, where families and friends connect.  Our ongoing mission is to provide exceptional kitchen essentials that help cooks of all skill levels create meals worth sharing.

Prep Solutions;, Prepworks and PL8 continues to build on the Progressive; legacy by offering products that make food prep faster, easier and more enjoyable.

Features

  • One handed food chopper, ideal for chopping nuts, fruits, vegetables, chocolate and more
  • Dice, slice and chop fruits and veggies without the mess of a cutting board
  • Press down on pusher lid and food is cut into included measuring container
  • Built-in side blade which minimizes the need for precutting
  • Includes cleaning tool and storage box; dishwasher safe

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Top Reviews

Product should be recalled. Extremely Poor Quality.
by A New Yorker (1 out of 5 stars)
March 5, 2017

We used previous model for almost 10 years until it cracked. This new version lasted just 6 weeks until the screw top of the base cracked (see pictures) and broke into small sharp pieces. Extremely poor quality and dangerous if sharp broken pieces get mixed with nuts. This product should be RECALLED immediately.
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Absolutely the best nut chopper!
by Harvey S. Cohen (5 out of 5 stars)
August 20, 2012

I've gone through several of the older (and less expensive) Progressive nut choppers. They were the best (as America's Test Kitchen also observed), but they had several shortcomings. The clear plastic was brittle and prone to cracking or shattering. The top tended to unscrew from the base as the crank was turned. On rare occasions a tooth broke off and landed hazardously in the chopped nuts. The new model corrects all those shortcomings and is an absolute joy. Mini-food-processors and "slap-chops" make nut dust combined with large chunks. This nut chopper is the only tool that easily makes uniformly chopped nuts. Cleanup is just a quick rinse.
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Prepworks Nut Chopper - Just 'OK'
by J Grant (4 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2016

Prepworks by Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base I decided that I needed a nut chopper and purchased this item based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews. My first use of this chopper was for chopping pecans and I was immediately disappointed with the size of the chopped pieces. Even on the course setting, the pieces seemed very small to me - just short of nut meal. I haven't tried the fine setting, as I have no need for nut meal. I remembered as a kid my grandmother had a crank nut chopper that seemed to do a very good job of chopping pecans so I started looking for one of these vintage nut choppers on eBay. As it turns out, there's a never ending supply of those old Androck brand nut choppers being sold on eBay. I quickly bought an Androck chopper that looks very similar to the one I remembered from my childhood. After thoroughly cleaning the item I put it to use and was surprised to find the size of the chopped pieces to be almost identical to those produced by this Prepworks chopper on the course setting. I find the small pieces of nut produced by both choppers impart a different taste to foods as compared to larger pieces of nut that get noticed when you bite into them. Since the Prepworks chopper only provides the choice of either very small or tiny pieces of nut, I'm deducting one star. I've only used this chopper for a few small tasks, but it seems to be sturdy and well made. It produces very small pieces of chopped nut, and performs this task very well. If you don't mind the small pieces, you will likely be happy with this item. I've decided to go back to a sharp knife, where I can chop nuts to the exact size I want. (Pictures uploaded) (2-29-16 : I noticed my pictures were deleted by Amazon. Pictures were uploaded again.)
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Much improved, especially for hard nuts
by Mountain Voyageur (4 out of 5 stars)
December 21, 2015

I previously gave a 2-star review, based on the preceding round model. I looked around for a better brand and discovered they were hard to find. Consequently I decided to give the current model a try and hope they had fixed their problems. I am happy to report that the latest model, the one this report is for, has indeed made a lot of progress. Based on limited initial use I am *much* happier with this new improved model. * There are several improvements I have noticed: the top stays on better, the two halves stay together better, the new shape is easier to grip forcefully, and the actual chopper works better. * The previous model handled soft nuts (e.g. walnuts) OK but was, IMHO, a failure with hard nuts such as almonds. The current model handles them. They take a bit of force, but it is workable and the device can handle them. I think part of the reason is that the chopper is better. I know that part of the reason is the crank handle is longer, allowing better leverage. The new shape allows gripping the device more forcefully so that the force needed to chop almonds does not cause the device to separate in the middle. That separation used to be one of the biggest frustrations; it seems to no longer be an issue. * The nuts seem to get chopped more evenly with the new design. it helps that the chopping blades are a bit longer, more nearly the length of the slots they go through. That means fewer nut pieces evade the blades -- always a hassle to get the last few bit chopped, but less of a hassle now than it used to be. Still do get a mix of nut chunks and nut powder, but more of it is chunks now, and the chunks are more even than they used to be. * The top now has a gasket, which helps it stay on. Situations where the old top would come off and, frustratingly, spill the nuts are much less common. The new top just stays on better. Now let's hope that the initial favorable impression holds up over time, as I use it more.
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So Far, So Good ... I'm a happy camper ... err .. Baker!
by Tony Thiel (4 out of 5 stars)
March 11, 2018

I'm surprised at all the poor reviews, but then again I tried it for the first time today and it worked great. However, I only chopped Macadamia Nuts which are fairly soft and the next one will be Walnuts. At this time I have no need to chop Almonds which seems to be a complaint here, so I cannot comment on that. As far as durability, again I've only used it once so time will tell. I love Peanut Butter Cookies with Macadamia Nuts and Banana Bread with Walnuts and sometimes Macadamia Nuts. Previously I was using my Cuisinart chopper to chop the nuts, but they were coming out too fine. I tried chopping the nuts by hand but that is too time-consuming! There had to be a better way and the reason for purchasing this item. The only reason for the four star (at this time) is because it's not that easy to clean. Especially with something as oily as Macadamia and Walnuts. I guess we're all lazy in some ways and that we either want to throw it in the dishwasher or be able to wash it within a couple of minutes. Sorry, but that ain't gonna happen LOL! But it wasn't too bad using a small brush and a bottle brush for the base. A Lazy man's Peanut Butter cookie with Nuts is to purchase the Betty Crocker PB Mix. 3 tblspoons of Veggie oil, a tbsp of water, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of nuts and you're off and running (or should I say baking?) 6-8 mins on 375 deg and you're done LOL!
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A great addition to my kitchen!
by AmarrasMom (4 out of 5 stars)
December 11, 2012

My husband and I decided to get this chopping set after learning how to properly make and can salsa. The person who taught us used one of these to prep all of her fruits and veggies ahead of time and explained that if you buy fruits and veggies when they are on sale or grow them in your garden, you can quickly process them using this chopper set, freeze them in specified increments (which is really easy to do since the basin with this chopping set includes measurements!), and then when you are ready to make your salsa, you just pull the fruits or veggies you need out of your freezer and make your salsa.

We immediately got this set and then began to use it to dice up all of our garden-grown tomatoes and a large variety of peppers. This is the first year that we haven't wasted any of our produce from our garden! This chopper set made the process so much faster and easier than chopping with a knife and cutting board.

I struggle with back pain from an old injury so if I were to try and process an entire garden's worth of tomatoes and peppers in one day, I would be in bed for days afterward from all the pain. But with this set, I was able to dice 16 cups of tomatoes, 8 cups of various types of hot peppers, and about 6 cups of bell peppers in about 2 hours. It honestly would not have taken so long if my 2 young kids weren't also running around needing me at the same time.

One thing I will say is that when chopping the hot peppers and also the bell peppers, because of their firmness, it made a loud noise every time I lowered the lid to dice the peppers. To help muffle that loud noise, I placed several layers of microfiber towels under the chopper and that helped tremendously. Some of the noise appeared to be coming from the blades going through the firm peppers and some of the noise seemed to come from the base of the unit being against the hard counter top. So laying the towels underneath was a big help at reducing the noise.

This is also great for cutting up chicken breast into uniform sizes for salads, sandwiches, or even into small pieces that are appropriately sized for toddlers to eat.

I love this product and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes cooking but hates chopping.
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Indispensable tool for dicing large quantities of fruit or vegetables
by amazonshopper (5 out of 5 stars)
June 21, 2018

This is the second Prepworks by Progressive Fruit and Vegetable Chopper that I've purchased because I love how easy it is to produce equal chunks of tomato and onion for my salsa. I first slice the onion or tomato, lay the slice on the blades, and then push down on the copper to dice, No punching or slamming the lid down on the veggies. And I don't expect it to dice a half or whole onion with one push. For me the chopper is sturdy and easy to use. Rinse the fruit or veggies off the blades immediately after use becausue then it's easy to use the cleaning tool to unclog the blades. Unfortunately, my husband dropped the plastic container on the hard floor and it broke. I wish Progressive would sell the bottom container for this model separately!
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Disappointed
by JLB (2 out of 5 stars)
December 31, 2015

I received this item today and I'm very disappointed with it. For $30 I was very surprised to see the protective case was broken on both hinges and a crack on the top. I haven't used the product yet and I did return it. I was hoping for a much nicer product for the price I paid.

I did return the product with no hassle. Now that I have actually tried it I still would not purchase this again. First the price is high for the limited amount of work it can do. It may save you some time in prepping food, but you gain that time in cleaning it. Also, it does NOT cut carrots! It might if you cut the carrots into slices first, but it is not strong enough to cut through a whole carrot. I did cut eggs for egg salad and it worked beautifully. I also cut celery. It did cut it, but you really have to push hard. It made me think that the blade would not hold up for very much of that. All in all I'm very disappointed in this product and I would not recommend buying it unless you just have to have a new gadget and you don't care how much money you spend.
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Defective Product
by John (2 out of 5 stars)
July 9, 2015

Item was purchased on Apr 28, 2015.

So far I have used it to chop potatoes, zucchini and peppers. The square chopper is decent and it worked with all of these veggies except for a crack on the support rubber arms. See Picture

Once I switched to the slicer though the whole product fell apart. The slicing blades kept getting deformed every time I tried chopping zucchini. The pusher lid started to jam into the blades and this kept happening with every press.

Now the product is rendered 50% useless because you can't use it to slice and the rest its pieces are falling apart.
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A staple for every good cook!
by L Parr (5 out of 5 stars)
December 27, 2010

I have had this chopper for over a year now and just love it! In the summer it makes quick work of salads and ceviche, in the winter it's great for veggie prep in soups and stews. There is a very slight learning curve when starting to use it...applying the right pressure, quick blows work but slow pressing will squash any soft veggies. I find that you have to ensure that the veggie fits within the size of the grate and if not, I cut it to size. For summer salads I cut my plum tomatoes in half and then put on a half, cut side down on the grate and get the most perfect little cubes for my salads.

As soon as I'm finished I run in under warm water with the attached comb and have never had a problem. I find I don't need to put it in the dishwasher, but I sometimes do anyway just to sterilize it.

This not only cuts prep time to a fraction, but the uniform pieces look very professional in it's presentation. I have bought the other two sizes as well, the smaller grate I use for finely chopped peppers and onions and the smallest for garlic that you want minced, not pressed. If you like egg salad, chop your eggs, onion, celery and whatever else you like in it and stir in the mayo for a salad in 60 seconds! You don't even have to empty between chopping (unless of course your using the veggies for different dishes).

The storage case is handy and keeps everything organized and easy to find.

Pay attention to the blades that say soft fruits and veggies only...I think this is why some people wrote negative reviews...they really need to read the directions...bet they are mostly guys ;)

Addendum: It's been nearly two years and it still works like new, I still love it, still easy to clean and I haven't lost or broken any parts...I was sure by now I would lose the comb but because of the case, I still have it. On a slow week I'll use it twice in a week, on a busy week, several time during the day. I have more recently been using it for fruit...apples, melons, pineapple...and it is the best for strawberries. I have the hardest time using it for yams and turnips but still use it...just requires a little more muscle and no stacking of slices. Summer salads are a breeze and what would take me an hour for a large bowl or two, now takes minutes. I've learned never to leave a cut end of a juicy fruit or veggie facing you...it will squirt juices on you...instead if possible I put the cut side down or face it away from me. I still use the other two smaller units but not as often as this one...it is truely a staple in my kitchen.
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super awesome
by Maxamos (5 out of 5 stars)
May 19, 2014

I had a previous version of this. I loved it. Unfortunately I was pretty rough with mine and broke it. I couldn't live without this so I got this one. It comes with a handy storing container. This is just one of those things that makes your life so much easier in the kitchen. I recommend it to anyone. I use mine to cut up onions in bulk to freeze. It also works great with celery and potatoes. Makes making soup a breeze. The chopper also has an extra insert that is for softer food like kiwi, eggs and strawberries.
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... a little over a year ago and fell in love with it
by S. Gray (5 out of 5 stars)
June 3, 2016

I bought this a little over a year ago and fell in love with it. But I somehow managed to crack the base. I thought I would have to throw the unit out and get another one, but I contacted Progressive International customer service and they are sending me a new base AT NO CHARGE. Is this great customer support or what? The agent did give me a couple of pointers on using the unit that I thought I would pass on.

Always assure that the lid is completely down on the pegs and moving up and down freely. If you ever feel resistance in the lid on a downward motion - it usually means that the lid has shifted up slightly and this causes too much pressure on the peg and results in a broken base. I suggest to always put the lid down on the vegetable that you are chopping and then have a swift motion down on the lid to chop. This might help save needing a new base in the future. If the teeth in the lid are full or if the bowl is full, it adds extra pressure to the chopper plate which could also cause the base or the blade grid to break.

I would recommend item as it does make short work of chopping. And the end result of uniform pieces which look nice in salads, etc..
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Works great but not for weak arms.
by Sherri (4 out of 5 stars)
August 20, 2012

I chop onions all the time and I am one of those people whos eyes burn and tear. I bought this to try to avoid the cry fest that happens while chopping onions.

First the good... This product works great. I can quickly chop six onions, cucumbers, green/red peppers etc. I chopped potatoes, onions, peppers at once and the vegetables all collect in the bottom bowl. It took me seconds to get everything ready for home fries. The chopper really does a great job. Cleanup is quick and easy as long as you don't lose the comb thing. I misplaced it for a few days and I quickly learned why people warned not to lose it. I couldn't clean the spikes in the top no matter what I used. In desperation I actually try to clean it with a spackling tool. Once I found the rake all was well again.

Now the bad...You have to really push hard to get this thing to work. Cucumbers were fairly easy but everything else took a lot of muscle. I can imagine that someone without a lot of strength would have a very hard time chopping things. As it is now, I have to remove at least two layers of onion before I can get it to push through. Also I thought I would try to layer fresh herbs between the vegetables to get a quick chop. Dumb idea, as it made a huge mess of the white top and not enough made it through to be worth the cleaning effort.
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Not the product pictured, poor quality
by V. Olson (2 out of 5 stars)
April 1, 2014

The product I received is not as pictured, NOT the Prepworks from Progressive GPC-4000. It is the "Genius Nicer Dicer Plus". It is flimsy, doesn't come with the cleaning tool, and has no measurement markings on the box. This is the kind of bait-and-switch nonsense that gives Chinese manufacturers a bad name. It does come with 4 blade frames, one of which is a mandolin slicer and one is a coarse grater. It comes with a vegetable peeler. It isn't awful, but it's not what I expected and is poor quality. It doesn't look strong at all. I examined my friend's Prepworks GPC-4000, and it is much sturdier. The push button stuck into place on first use. I hate when this happens.

On the other hand, the manual is mildly amusing read. With excerpts like, "Press down the cutting head with both hands swinging.", "In order to extend the use-life, it is better careful to use, don't beat with sound.", "Please placed in the not reach of children", and the ever popular, "On the inside of the cutting-top part are strutting next to the arsonist." Of course, my Chinese is non-existant, but then, I don't write instruction manuals in Mandarin.
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Get a good knife!
by V. Pollack (1 out of 5 stars)
April 3, 2018

Although I purchased this food chopper, I use it only once a year, for Passover, when we do a lot of onion and vegetable chopping and lots of soups, salads and sides. Last year I didn't even unpack, and when I did this year, I realized one of the hinges that holds the cover/chopper component in place had snapped off making it useless. I haven't used it much, and it must have been packed away broken two years ago. The chopper is useless. I've had many models/brands and find are all made the same...a rigid plastic that simply cannot take the beating of chopping hard veggies such as carrots and parsnips.

I do find, generally with these choppers (I have another for rest of the year usage) is that the prep for the chopper takes so much time, I can just as easily complete the chopping by hand. (What I do like about the choppers is the uniform size & shape results.)

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