What is it?
Love the taste of garlic, but hate smelling it on your hands days after cooking with it? We're with you, and that's why we're excited about a tool that was invented with this very conundrum in mind: the Chef'n GarlicZoom Garlic Chopper. This ingenious gizmo can prep multiple cloves at once, and all you do is roll it around while it does the slicing and dicing for you — no hand-to-garlic contact required, and no having to exert energy squeezing a garlic press. Oh, did we mention that you can snag it on sale for $12 at Amazon?
Why is it a good deal?
We'll only recommend buying a single-use gadget if it's one that's really worth owning, and if garlic is a staple ingredient in your cooking, you'll use this all the time. In our humble opinion, paying $12 even just to prevent smelly fingers makes it a great deal, and we haven't seen this item dip any lower than its current markdown in months.
And hey, you can't put a price on pain-free meal prep: The Chef'n GarlicZoom is also a boon to those knife-averse folks who like to keep their chopping to a minumum, not to mention those who suffer from arthritis or other achy-hand afflictions.
Why do I need this?
In addition to keeping your hands safe and odor-free, this tool saves a lot of time — a godsend on busy weeknights. It can handle about two large cloves or three smaller ones at once, and you won't have to bust out a big ol' cutting board and knife just to mince a few of these teeny alliums for dinner (or clean them, either!). Speaking of cleaning, the chopper is top-rack-dishwasher safe.
To use, simply fill the clear chamber with your cloves and attach to the blade/wheels. Roll it around until the garlic is your desired texture, and that's it! Pretty foolproof, and you won't have to worry about nicking yourself in the process. Plus, it's much less taxing than using a garlic press, which can be tough on arthritic hands and doesn't allow for as much control when it comes to the size of the pieces.
What reviewers say
Don't just take our word for it — over 3,400 Amazon customers are in clove-r thanks to the Chef'n GarlicZoom and have given it a perfect rating.
"No more smelly hands!" exclaimed a happy shopper. "I used to hate chopping up garlic because it would leave a lingering smell on my fingers, but this tool takes all that hassle away! I will be gifting this to my friend who also loves adding garlic to her foods!"
"So far, I have really enjoyed using this handy little tool," wrote another satisfied user. "With its sturdy design, it's proven to be quite the workhorse in my kitchen. The compact size is a real space-saver, fitting snugly within my cluttered drawers. The best part? It's remarkably easy to use. No more wrestling with awkward tools or worrying about nicking my fingers."
"I had to get this because I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my hands," explained a third rave reviewer. "I won't use jarred or pre-chopped garlic; fresh is my favorite. This little device has saved me time and pain! Easy to take apart and put in the dishwasher!"
"I was previously using a garlic press, which didn’t work great," shared a final fan. "This garlic chopper is so much better! I wish I had known about it sooner. My only criticism is the garlic can be hard to get out. I love garlic and hate leaving behind even the smallest amount. The chopper is very easy to clean, though." (Psst: If you don't want to scoop it out with your fingers, this mini spatula set should do the trick!)
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.