Pop Chef is a creative kitchen kit that uses innovative 3-in-1 air popping action to let even the most basic home chef make edible masterpieces. Much more than a food cutter, this nifty tool lets you turn plain old food into fantastical creations that look like they took hours to make, when really it’s as simple as one, two, three. OK, maybe there’s a little more to it than that. But you get the drift.
My Experience With the Pop Chef
This time of year is always a struggle for my family. School is coming to an end, the days are hotter, and we are too busy to just slow down and enjoy quality time together. One particular challenge we always seem to face involves school lunches. By the middle of May, my kids are totally over the lunches I have packed for them all year long and–to be completely honest–I’m over packing them! Until recently, the thought of unpacking yet another lunchbox full of sandwich scraps and an untouched apple was enough to make me want to scream.
My mother told me she’d seen a commercial for something called Pop Chef, and she thought my kids might get more pleasure out of their packed lunches if I added some creativity to the mix. I couldn’t figure out why my mom thought I’d want to add one more thing to my list of things to do. I mean, I’m a busy working mom: did I really have time to add “gourmet food art” to my to-do list?
Apparently I did. My mom–she, who always knows best–ordered the set anyway, despite my reservations. And I have to say, her annoying track record of knowing everything officially holds true. Not only have my kids’ lunches been coming home completely devoured, but Pop Chef has been something we can do and enjoy together. Making lunches no longer feels like a chore, and I have great company while I do it. Plus, I know my kids are reaping the benefits of learning how to prepare their own healthy snacks, and that this skill will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
I think all moms would agree that one of the biggest challenges is keeping up with the kitchen. On any given day I feel like I’ve just finished cleaning up from one meal when it’s time to start the next. The Pop Chef makes minimal mess, and requires no dangerous knives or hard-to-clean cookie cutters. My kids and I have noticed that some foods work better than others. Because very ripe fruit and porous breads can be mushy, they don’t respond as well to the air pressure that powers the cutter. We’ve solved this by sticking to the many foods that do work well, although we have also learned that the device can handle just about anything if you execute one piece at a time.
My son graduated from kindergarten this year, and the school just had a big “step up” party to help the kids transition to the first grade. I was assigned to bring fruit. Usually I’d just stop by supermarket and pick up a big, pre-made fruit salad, but our budget has been tight lately, and I couldn’t manage the expense. Luckily, I didn’t have to, thanks to the Pop Chef. We set up an assembly line one morning and got to work creating fruit skewers in an assortment of fun and festive shapes. We arranged them into a bouquet, and my son delivered it to the teacher. It looked beautiful, and he was so proud of our contribution. Along with the world’s most yummy-looking brownies, our Pop Chef masterpieces were the first things gone from the food table. People assumed I had purchased them, and kept asking me if they came from a local store. To this day, no one believes that the kids and I made them ourselves.
Since then, my mind has been abuzz with ideas for how I can use our Pop Chef to turn ordinary food into extraordinary culinary delights. My niece is having a baby shower next month, and I have already offered to bring star-shaped tea sandwiches. Next on my list are the Pop Chef Stuffed Peppers, which as included in the recipe book that comes with your order.
My Overall Review
- So quick and easy that little hands can help out in the kitchen
- Endless possibilities for fun, creative meal-making, thanks to 12 differently shaped tools
- Works with a varieties of textures and widths up to 2 inches
- Makes healthy eating fun
- You’ll never have to bring boring old deviled eggs to a potluck again
- Some parents may think kids should learn to eat healthy foods, regardless of whether it’s cut into fun patterns
- It may make it harder to get your kids to eat plain fruit now