Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Williams-Sonoma Garlic Chopper

Thanks to my friend Margarethe who gave me this garlic chopper that I've come to love!

 When I posted the recipe for Julienned Zucchini Spaghetti with Quick Sausage, Tomato, and Basil Sauce I showed some minced garlic and hinted at a handy garlic chopper I'd gotten as a gift from my friend Margarethe.  Now that I've had the chopper a bit longer, I am completely in love with this little tool, so I decided to officially make it one of my Kalyn's Kitchen Picks.  Of course, chopping garlic by hand is no big deal and it's something I never minded doing before I had this handy gadget.  But this little chopper goes from garlic clove to perfectly chopped or sliced garlic in about two seconds!

You can see from the top photo that the one I got from Margarethe was called a garlic chopper, but when I looked at Williams-Sonoma online it was called a Mini Vegetable Chopper and listed at $19.99.  Their photos are better than mine if you want to go there and take a look at it!  It's basically a hinged gadget where you sit the garlic on a mesh grid that chops or a grid that slices.  Then you press the hinged top down over the garlic, whack it on the cutting board to loosen the garlic, and your garlic is chopped.  

There is a handy little tray that fits in on the bottom side and catches the chopped garlic.

Although I have to confess that the more I've used this, the more likely I am to skip the tray and just whack the chopper down so the garlic comes out on the cutting board.  By the way, don't throw away the little cleaner that's shown on the left in this photo; it's handy if you have garlic that gets stuck in the grid.

And as much as I love this little machine for chopping garlic, I like it even more for making perfect thin slices of garlic when I'm using them to season the oil before stir frying, or any dish that calls for sliced garlic.  If you like using fresh garlic when you cook, I highly recommend this little tool!

(Edit:  Thanks to a reader named Linda who was smart enough to figure out that if you put the garlic through the slicer first and then though the mincer you get more finely minced garlic!  Thank you Linda for sharing that in a comment!) 


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Although I know a couple of people who work at Williams-Sonoma in Salt Lake, they have never given me any free products and no one affiliated with Williams-Sonoma has any idea that I'm writing about this garlic chopper.  All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I would happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind. You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.
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15 comments:

  1. Now that's a handy looking gizmo! I'm a big fan of sliced garlic, and I use it in lots of dishes where others might chop the garlic more finely. So this could be a real time saver for me.

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  2. Lydia, I am not always a fan of single use gadgets, but I love this one!

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  3. I was just looking at this in the store a few days ago. Glad to know it really works and that you love it.

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  4. Paula, I do. I'm even thinking about buying the bigger one to chop vegetables.

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  5. Kalyn, Just put this garlic chopper on my "wish list." It looks terrific!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Nancy, hope you like it as much as I do!

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  7. This looks like a gadget I'd love too.

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  8. Nice gadget Kalyn and if I had a bigger kitchen I'm sure I'd have one too.

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  9. Kalyn, as a new subscriber to your blog, I must tell you, I'm really enjoying your articles and photos. You're giving me inspiration to cook and garden!
    Being a gadget collector, I'd forgotten that I have this chopper, and you're endorsement reminded me of that. Dug it out this morning, and will use it today. Thanks!

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  10. Glad people are liking this.

    kdbm, I love knowing that I am inspiring you to cook and garden!

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  11. I have the large chopper by OXO, I picked it up last spring at TJ MAX for $10 and it works like a charm! I use it for all veggies, not just onions. It is super fast and the pieces are uniform. I liked it so much I bought one for my son in law. I have been following you for a couple of years and you are such an inspiration. You have no idea how much good you are sending out into cyberspace! My favorite recipe from your blog is the one for ground turkey lettuce wraps. So tasty!

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  12. Linda, so glad you have found the blog useful!

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  13. Here's another name for you, my Mom called this combination Toad in the Hole. I'm not sure why, but that's what I called them when I made them for my kids. Thank you for posting an old favorite! I agree with the previous post, cheese is a super idea.

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  14. Hi Kalyn, I ordered one of these after you mentioned it in an earlier post - and I LOVE it! It did take me a day or so to realize that if I put the cloves through the slicer side first, then back through the "grate", it would make smaller dice. Duh. Better late than never ;-)

    Thanks for the great recommendation, think I'll put the larger size veggie slicer on my Christmas wish list.

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  15. Linda, you are so smart! I hadn't thought of that myself! I'm going to add it to the post with a credit to you. So glad you like it.

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