Kitchen Gadgets You Love [moved from Home Cooking]
I have a new kitchen gadget that I am loving and wanted to share with Chowhounds. I looked at several threads about gadgets, but none were simply about 'Kitchen Gadgets You Love". So I started a new thread just so I could rave about my Stainless Steel Garlic Mincer. If there is another thread where this discussion would be more appropriate, please let me know, or merge this into it.
I saw this Stainless Steel Garlic Mincer* (*see photo below) in the Sur La Table catalog and was intrigued by it's simplicity, plus the fact that it's made of SS. I had heard about holding SS as you wash your hands to get rid of the garlic smell after peeling or cutting it, and it really does work. So I thought I would try the little mincer. Well, as you've figured, I am in love with it!
You simply place a peeled clove on your cutting board, position the mincer on top of the clove and press down. That's it! No cramming the clove into the little basket of a garlic press and then digging and scraping to retrieve the minced garlic, or to clean the contraption. You simply press down on the garlic. Then when you wash the mincer make sure you have all your fingertips touching it while you rinse, and the SS will neutralize any garlic odor from your fingers! (That's if you buy the SS model. It also comes in colorful hard plastic.)
So that's my latest kitchen gadget I love. Do you have any you'd like to share with Hounds?
My 40-year-old carbon steel Chinese chef's knife. It looks like a cleaver, rectangular in shape, but is used to slice and dice vegetables, and slice and cube meat. It is also used instead of a mezzaluna to mince chiles and garlic. It is really easy to sharpen.
Thanks for the heads up, ski_gpsy. I may soon have to replace the press that served me well for the last 40 years, and this looks like the simplest choice.