10 Garlic Gadget Gifts For Your Favorite Garlic Lover
6. William-Sonoma WS Ratcheting Garlic Press
This is a new garlic gadget I have not tried, but its mechanism looks interesting. Instead of using a head-on press, the WS uses an angled ratchet press. That and its large basket may be why it can both press 6 cloves at a time and skin them too! The William-Sonoma WS Ratcheting Garlic Press allows detachment of its press plate for cleaning. (Update: This press is no longer available. However, this garlic press gets exceptional reviews.)
7. IMCG SV850 Mr. Garlic Peeler & Press
The Mr. Garlic Press comes with a separate peeler that resembles the silicone peeler above, but is made of a plastic elastomer. Mr. Garlic has stainless steel mincing parts and a plastic body and can be used to store minced garlic in the refrigerator. (Update: This press is no longer available. This garlic press may be worth considering for its exceptional ease of use.)
There's nothing like the taste and odor of roasted garlic... to a garlic lover. Garlic is roasted whole with skins and It takes about an hour just to roast a few bulbs to smear on your Italian bread. When you consider the size of a garlic bulb compared to the size of a conventional kitchen oven, the proportions are out of whack for the amount of energy used, so I wait until I'm cooking something substantial in the oven and pop the garlic in at the same time.
...And the Norpro Garlic Baker is what I use. Again you want to use a ceramic container with holes, just as you would for storage, but for roasting you need to use a vessel that's specifically made to withstand high, dry temperatures, like this terra cotta garlic baker. The Norpro 5.5 Inch Garlic Baker will hold 3 - 4 large bulbs of garlic.
9. Tagco Roasted Garlic Express
If your garlic lover is a real fanatic, you will want to get him or her this electric Tagco Roasted Garlic Express. The one shown below is the largest Tagco roaster and the shiniest... with a brushed stainless steel cover. Here's your energy saver, a nice little countertop roaster, that only takes 27 minutes to roast your garlic. (Update: This item is no longer available.)
You can save some money by purchasing a glazed Tagco Roasted Garlic Express. It's about 18 percent smaller and comes in white, pink, and black. (Update: This is no longer available, but this roaster is a similar roaster worth considering.)
10. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic (A Garlic Book)
Okay, so it's not a garlic gadget, but it is a super gift for a garlic lover. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic, subtitled More than 200 exceptional recipes for the world's most indispensable Ingredient, is a wonderful cookbook, to be read with a glass of wine and some garlic roasting in the kitchen. It is authored by a pair of garlic lovers, Fred and Linda Griffith.
What about a nice red Italian dinner with plenty of garlic for Valentine's Day?