If you've been anywhere near TikTok in the last few months, you know that no one wants to hand-chop their vegetables anymore. Indeed, in video after video, amateur chefs (the more serious culinary pros seem to tend to stick to knives) can be seen placing a cucumber or something of the like inside a plastic white box, then slamming the lid of said box down on top of whatever unsuspecting vegetable they are craving that day. The vegetable then emerges, perfectly cubed, at the bottom of the box, ready in seconds.
If this sounds like it might save you a ton of time in the kitchen, particularly as you prepare for holiday parties and Thanksgiving dinners (and even Black Friday home sales, which we'll be closely monitoring here) you are probably correct. And luckily, you can shop this internet-beloved hack at Target for just $23.
The viral kitchen hack
I like shopping OXO for the quality. This well-known brand is known for its dependable, affordable kitchen utensils, which makes me feel a lot better about recommending it. With a vegetable chopper like this, you wouldn't want it to break easily or feel chintzy; that would certainly defeat the purpose of the hack.
This specific OXO manual food chopper, available from Target, has four stars across 157 reviews on Target.com and even features an "easy pour opening" in the front so you can dump your maximum 2.5 cups of newly-chopped veggies into whatever dish you're making without disassembling the utensil itself. Now that's what I call working smarter, not harder.
Other vegetable choppers
This OXO chopper is a bit more ... ergonomic, if you will; it's sort of like a manual food processor. This one only has a 1-cup catcher cup, though, as opposed to the 2.5-cup chamber above.
Price: $29.9 (25% off)
Legend has it that this is the viral TikTok chopper that started it all. It's currently on sale on Amazon at $23.95, so you might be able to get it for a nice 25% discount if you act fast enough. Bonus: a 1.2L collection tray.
Other stylish hosting necessities
If you're using your vegetable chopper to prepare, let's say, a mirepoix, you'll need your Dutch oven to finish things off. I've been obsessed with sage green lately so I immediately fell in love with this affordable option from Target's kitchen brand, Figment.
Price: $50 for two
Serve up whatever you're cooking in your Dutch oven with this fabulous set of functional and stylish serving spoons. A really easy and decently affordable way to level-up your hosting abilities.
If you need a place to put that holiday sangria (the fruit for which you might have cubed with your new chopper), a carafe is a trendy and easy choice.
I love how this tablecloth looks somewhat holiday-adjacent, but could be used year-round depending. It feels somewhat rustic in vibe, and also presents a nice opportunity for combining patterns.
I'm convinced food would taste better if it were served in this gorgeous stoneware pedestal bowl, designed by Danish artist Nicholai Wiig-Hansen.
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Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.
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