Stocking Stuffers: Chopping, stirring magic from The Dented Chef in Modesto

pguerra@modbee.comDecember 14, 2013 

The Dented Chef is one of our favorite go-to sources for unique Stocking Stuffer ideas. A few years back, we got a microwave pasta cooker from the kitchen supply shop that was incredibly popular. This year’s gadget is the Chop-Stir, which, if it does what it claims – and Dented Chef owner Judi Rackley assures us it does – could be the best $9 you spend this year. Throughout the holiday season, we are offering suggestions of gifts of $20 or less, available at local merchants.

Store: The Dented Chef

Item: Chop-Stir

Price: $8.99

Description: Designed with a patented blade that easily chops meats into even pieces so they cook faster and more evenly. Safe for use on nonstick pans, stain-resistant, easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. It even transforms frozen concentrates into juices in seconds. Made in the United States.

Perfect gift for: Almost anyone. If you use ground beef, ground turkey or bulk sausage, Rackley promises you will love this tool.

About the store: The Dented Chef started in 1997 as a restaurant salvage store. It slowly evolved into a full kitchen and restaurant supply store that specializes in customer service, having hard-to-find items and serving small restaurants downtown. “If we can’t find it, we will order it for you,” Rackley said.

Pertinent info: 1018 13thSt., Modesto. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (209) 238-3688 or

Have some creative, low-cost gift ideas of your own? Share them by emailing Patty Guerra at

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