Garlic Zoom

By Karen Hammonds

Published on February 11, 2010

When I was told that the Garlic Zoom was practically flying off the shelves at a local kitchenwares store, I had to try one. This device, made by Chef'n, looks like a cute little Wall-E robot. You put a few peeled cloves of garlic inside the plastic container and roll it on a countertop; this action makes small blades inside rotate, mincing the garlic. I test-rolled the slightly larger Garlic Zoom XL (which is still pretty small), and I give it a qualified thumbs-up. It minces more cleanly than a garlic press, and it's sort of fun to use, except when the cloves get stuck in the blades, which happens occasionally. The Garlic Zoom is easy to disassemble for cleaning, but you have to be careful not to cut yourself on the blades. Reviewers on Amazon are divided: some love this gadget, while others say why don't you people stop wasting money and learn how to use a knife?

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