garlic from eatingwell.com
garlic from eatingwell.com

One word: Garlic. I use garlic in so many things when I cook. Tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, stir-fried veggies; they all taste so much better when I add a little (but usually a lot more than a little) garlic.

For the amount of garlic I use when I cook it’s surprising that I don’t own a garlic press. Chopping garlic the old fashion way, mincing and slicing on my wooden cutting board, works pretty well. I still get the same delicious flavor, it just takes a little longer and leaves my fingers smelling like garlic for a couple days, no big deal.

But the other day, while I was browsing Williams-Sonoma with my mother and sister, hunting for Christmas gifts for some relatives, I came across several different garlic chopping devices. And the one that really caught my eye was the Chef’n Garlic Zoom XL.

It’s shaped like a cute little ball and you probably wouldn’t even realize it’s purpose on first glance.

garlic zoom xl from chefscatalog.com
garlic zoom xl from chefscatalog.com

Just drop your peeled cloves into the mincer and roll the wheels on a flat surface to quickly chop your garlic into fine fragments. A small spatula is included to help scrape the garlic from it’s mincing chamber. Reviewers said the Garlic Zoom can fit about 3 to 5 cloves into the chamber at once. It’s top rack dishwasher safe and has stainless steel blades.

crushed garlic from humansarehealthy.com
crushed garlic from humansarehealthy.com

The Chef’n Garlic Zoom XL is a great holiday gift for garlic lovers near and far, and I know it’s at the top of my wish-list this year. It’s available at Williams-Sonoma for $14.95 and can also be found online at amazon.com.

So add some flavor to your dishes this holiday season. And along with it’s flavor-approved taste, garlic also has a healthy reputation. It has been known to keep the blood clean and has been used by humans for over 7,000 years. So you can feel good about eating something that tastes oh so good!

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