Garlic makes the world go round to a garlic lover, so the way to his or her heart is with a garlic gadget. Being a garlic lover myself, I bring some expertise to the table... I've chosen 10 garlic gadgets from about the 6 zillion ones created for the little bulbs. The gadgets are in four groups, based on their functions: Garlic Keepers, Garlic Peelers, Garlic Processors, and Garlic Roasters.
Garlic can be kept at room temperature for a few weeks. The best way to store garlic I find is in a ceramic jar with air holes, which will keep moisture out but air circulating.
1. The Mamma Ro Garlic Keeper
Since Valentine's Day is nigh upon us, I thought I would show you this lovely garlic keeper in red; however, it is availalbe in other beautiful colors. Momma Ro's Garlic Keepers are handmade in Italy from earthenware pottery. They are a good size to keep several bulbs at a time: 5.5 inch diameter all the way around.
2. Norpro Ceramic Garlic Keeper
If you're on a tight budget, the Norpro Garlic Keeper is one of the larger (5") keepers and it is glazed ceramic. The Norpro is dishwasher safe too!
Oh, you can pound your garlic with the flat side of a cleaver, but that often makes splat of a garlic clove. My favorite by far is this silicone peeler, so that's all I'm listing!
3. Zac Designs E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler
The Zac Designs E-Z-Rol is just how it sounds. You place your clove inside and roll back and forth a few times and all the flimsy, papery garlic skin is gone. You can put a few cloves in the center of the roll and peel them all at once. Here's a pretty red one!
These processors are not necessarily electronic, though we tend to think electric when we see the word "processor." Processing garlic may involve chopping, mincing, slicing, dicing, mashing... whatever the recipe calls for, but mincers or garlic presses are the most common garlic gadgets.
4. Oxo Stainless Steel Garlic Press
This one's my tried and true. The Oxo Stainless Steel Garlic Press has nice wide handles that feel comfy in your hand, and the solid stainless steel insures long wear. (I've used smaller, thinner steel presses that have broken during use.)
5. Trudeau 2 in 1 Garlic Duo
The Trudeau 2 in 1 processes by pressing on one side and slicing on the opposite side, which is pretty clever! The 2 in 1 Garlic Duo is made of die cast zinc, and has a comfortable padded cover. It comes in three colors; red, green, and blue.