Frozen Minced Garlic
Garlic Peeling Tube and Mini Slap-chop thingy.
One of the best inventions ever is the little rubber tube used to peel garlic. You simply pop the unpeeled clove in, roll/rub the tube on a counter, and out pops a peeled clove. Terrific! I use it all the time - I even find it easier than smashing the garlic with your knife and slipping the peel off. The other gadget is relatively new for me, and I haven't decided if I like it or not. It's sort of like a mini slap-chop, and it nicely minces about 3 cloves of garlic (it's also a lot of fun to vent your frustrations by pounding on the little thing). The reason I am not sure if I like it or not is that there is quite a bit of clean-up (taking the thing apart and cleaning the different components), so it's really not worth the cleanup for just 1 clove, but then it can't hold much more than 3.....
But I will share an organizing epiphany with you all..... I used to keep my garlic in the cupboard, my peeling tube in the drawer with my other little gadgets, and the mini-slap chop in another cupboard with my other chopping things (like the food processer) - SILLY! I realized that these are single function items (I only use them for garlic), so I now keep them together in a little dish - the garlic, the peeler and the slap chop - so I don't have to go to 3 separate areas just to peel a clove of garlic. Really, some things are just so obvious, I sometimes wonder how I manage to get myself dressed in the morning......
Stainless Steel Soap
So, anyone out there have any great tips for handling garlic? One thing I haven't found a quick solution for is the smell it leaves on my cutting board. I find I have to clean it with a paste of lemon juice and salt - a bit of a pain..... any suggestions?