Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do You Need This In Your Life?- Home Garden and Garlic Zoom

This is a segment I've been thinking about for a while. There are a million things out there that help or hinder the home cook. I know that I am the type of person who loves to go oogle at the new pots, pans and tools at a store, but will hang onto what I have until they ultimately break or are completely unusable. It was amazing how long I kept a pink sautee pan that I used for everything that had long run out of it non-stickyness! You had to keep the food moving in the pan and use way too much oil or you were losing half of your tofu to the pan. After I finally broke down and bought a new one I couldn't believe I had waited so long to replace it! So, for you reader I'm here to introduce or reintroduce you to things that relate to your love of cooking.

The Garlic Zoom

I received the Garlic Zoom XL as a gift. I love garlic, but have eschewed garlic tools for years after an initial poor experience with a garlic press. As you will notice I haven't even taken the tags off this puppy. Well, once I read the instructions I promptly threw this piece of junk in a drawer. The idea of this gadget it that after you peel the garlic you insert a couple pieces in the top and roll it across the countertop to chop it into nice little pieces. There are sharp blades in a spiral inside the plastic orb that do the work that your knife typically would with a medieval look. Once you roll this contraption across the counter, then you open the trap on the top, take the blades out and then use that green spatula thing to get your garlic out. ARE YOU KIDDING??!! I will stick to chopping garlic with a good ol' fashioned knife.
Results: You do not need this in your life!


Home Garden

Growing your own bounty is a must! From a small little herb garden in your kitchen window to a massive backyard installation, food that only travels a few feet from your backyard to your kitchen tastes better. Just the glow you get from the pride of being self-sustaining and tending the plant until it's ready to share with you. I had a garden growing up in Florida with peppers and tomatoes 10 months of the year and have carried my love for plants out here to Oregon. But the kicker is that I'm not that great of a gardener. I've had tomato plants for three years and only have had tomatoes for one of those years. But I keep at it, one day the tomato gods will smile upon my little garden and hopefully it's of the heirloom persuasion! Regardless, herbs are a cinch and you can grow them anywhere you have sun.
Results: Yes! You need this in your life!


  1. ha! I love the garlic zoom. I'm sure a knife is the much better option, but doesn't the zoom make you feel like whatever you do with your garlic will be super speedy? ZOOM! ZOOM! :)

  2. Yes, I forgot that aspect of the Zoom! Well, now I've changed my mind!! :)

  3. I have to say that getting the garlic into your food should really not take that long. That does seem like quite the contraption. However, I'd probably use it to feel fancy. :) I use a garlic press and it's fantastic. I was hesitant at first but once I mastered it-it's fast and really breaks the garlic up. Okay, I am done with my story of a comment. p.s. my tomatoes never grow big. nothing like a fresno, cali tomato!