Some kitchen chores are so tedious they defy description. In fact, they transcend the kitchen and become synonymous with boring, menial tasks. Peeling potatoes is a prime example. Peeling garlic is another. The tiny, powerful cloves may house a deliciousness unlike any other, but getting to the goodness can be a chore. Tricks abound with ways to peel a garlic clove, all with varying success. And now, an electrical contraption has gotten into the mix. Well, make that mix and chop.
Perhaps more so than any other single fruit, vegetable, or herb, garlic gets its own dedicated gadgets. It should probably not come as much of a surprise that garlic has demanded so much attention. After all, the pungent little cloves do tend to stand out amongst everything that they come in contact with. Yet, we cannot seem to stay away from the species Allium sativum even if we try. However, we can avoid touching it.
I love garlic. Mincing it, I'm not so much a fan of. But eating it? Yeah, I like that. I add minced garlic to nearly everything I cook. But you know what I hate even more than mincing garlic with a knife and a cutting board? Cleaning out the ridiculously tiny holes in a garlic press.
I know, they give you that little plastic tool to help, but it really doesn't. At least, mine doesn't. And there I am, hunched over the sink with a toothpick, going tiny square by tiny square, trying to get rid of … Read more
Dicing garlic is, obviously, not my forte. Otherwise I would have been a chef extraordinaire instead of dishing out literature on Crave Asia.
Not too long ago, I played a tiny role in preparing homemade steamed mussels with garlic and tomato broth. The shellfish dish was cheap, easy to prepare, and delicious, but there was a tiny problem. The garlic left a pungent smell on the fingers. Sure, the condiment's great for flavoring, but the lingering odor negates any after-dinner plans.
Which is why I think the Garlic Zoom is a brilliant kitchen accessory. Pop a peeled clove in … Read more
All right, so with Valentine's Day approaching, you're probably not thinking of garlic, but it's definitely the way to this girl's heart. I love roasted garlic, but who wants to fire up the whole oven for a few measly cloves? Plus, the wait time is excruciating--when I want garlic, I don't want to wait an hour.
The Todco GR300 Roasted Garlic Express might not be a traditional gift, but it's one that would make me happy. It's an electronic garlic roaster that sits on your counter and roasts up to three cloves of … Read more
While onions remain a bit of a problem when you're chopping up vegetables, garlic is a close second. It's hard to mince garlic without mincing your fingertips, and if you get it on your hands, everyone will know it. The typical garlic press doesn't improve matters, either: you have to push and scrape to get garlic into your meal and then you have to clean up an awkwardly shaped tool that probably can't go through the dishwasher. But there is a simple tool that can handle the same task with no mess: the Garlic Mincer.
Offering … Read more
I'm a big fan of putting fresh garlic in just about every meal, but that means that I spend a lot of time chopping the stuff. I'm always happy to find tools that can make that repetitive process go a little faster. The Chef'n Garlic Zoom Garlic Chopper can: rather than using a knife, you can toss your garlic into this chopper, roll its wheel against the counter, and get chopped garlic immediately. There are no more worries about the knife slicing your fingers, getting garlic in your eye, smelling like garlic for ages, or any of … Read more