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Pampered goat chopper

Chopped roots

Pampered Chef chopperOur goats aren't precisely spoiled...they just like things a particular way. So, when I started giving them apple cores and a carrot in the morning, they informed me that the food choices were good but the presentation was way off. "Chop our roots!" Abigail demanded.

Luckily, Mark's mom had just found me a Pampered Chef Chopper at a yard sale. This is a fun little device that basically does the job of a food processor, but is hand powered. With carrots, you have to be careful not to overload the reservoir, but with that caveat aside, a few pounds of my palm reduced the root to a pile of splinters just the right size for Artemesia's little mouth.

I suspect there are better choppers out there for roots since the Pampered Chef Chopper feels a little flimsy with its all-plastic construction (except for the cutting blade). But it's definitely making my morning routine easier, so I'll try to be gentle and will hope it serves us a good long time. "I don't care how you do it," Abigail chimes in. "Just keep chopping my roots!"

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have had that same chopper for over five years, and it's still going strong! We call it the hoppy chopper.
Comment by Bubbles Fri Dec 12 12:19:03 2014
I've had my Pampered Chef chopper for over 6 years now and it has done a great job even through the canning season. Use it to your hearts content.
Comment by mona Fri Dec 12 16:56:14 2014
Oh goodness! Here it goes! First you're chopping their food for them, and then you're making them sweaters for winter! That's what my goats have done to me. Beware! They have a way of making you go out of your way to please them.
Comment by Roberta Fri Dec 12 23:07:36 2014

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