Thursday, March 22, 2018

Darla's Discoveries and a Quiz Answer - March 22, 2018

Yesterday I asked about a kitchen gadget and got some fun responses. Today I will share its purpose as well as a tip in caring for the accompanying tool.

The rubbery tube pictured below removes the skin of garlic cloves. You simply insert individual cloves and roll the tube using very light pressure.

This is Amazingly Efficient
On that note, why are the garlic bits called ‘cloves’ and not ‘lobes’ when there is a clove spice? That actually confused me a moment writing this as if I had the wrong term. ~grin~ Anyway, rolling it back and forth removes the skins super fast, as long as you keep the tube dry. Be sure to skin all your cloves before rinsing the tube clean (this delicate thing never goes in the automatic dishwasher).

While I realize that’s a tip in and of itself, I figured out another useful one regarding the garlic press after SO cooked a recent meal. When I went to cook something else garlic-based the next day, I found the press in the dish drainer with dried bits of garlic skin stuck to the shiny outer left hand portion (below).

This is More Dishwasher Safe; We Seldom Bother
At least the internal parts were clean. But thinking those less tasty flakes might end up in my food, I cleaned the press again. The bits were really tough to remove as I tried to hurry beneath a cold tap.

The lesson learned here is not only to clean garlic tools once you’re done with them for the day, but make sure your effort is thorough. Let’s hope dear SO got the message.

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Do you like garlic?

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18 comments:

  1. Well I never! haha....would not have guessed that at all. Nice job in stumpping me! Do I like garlic....I cook everything just about with garlic! Certain dishes get more some just lightly! But..yes garlic is amazing. Good thing I don't have a SO to taste it later!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed my little quiz! You're a doll.

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  2. I like garlic but notice I smell like garlic sometimes, which can't be too pleasant for those I"m around. I never would have guessed the use for that little tube.

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    1. I bet we would get along just fine. ~grin~ Be well, my dear!

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  3. I would have never guessed. I've never even heard of this. I'm going to have to find one, because WE LOVE GARLIC.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. I hope you succeed. It's pretty awesome. Be well, my dear!

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  4. I bet he got an earful...

    I like garlic, but lately it hasn't liked me...

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    1. Ha! I was gentle. Sorry your tummy is unhappy with a food you like!

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  5. We don't use garlic often, but I love food with garlic that I order out like pizza or alfredo sauce.

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    1. Ooh. Interesting. I find myself not liking garlic based sauces on pizza or pasta. Funny! Be well, my dear.

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  6. Usually instead of garlic in a recipe I use garlic powder, just for the convenience. I do that with onions too, since I like the taste it gives things, but hate the feel of them! But, tonight I used real garlic, in tahini sauce for falafels. Just one clove, which I hit with the side of a knife to loosen the skin. Then add salt and mash into a paste with a fork. The salt helps it turn into a paste.

    What threw me in the picture you posted was, since I had never seen one before, I took it as a rigid tube, like PVC, not something silicon that squished!

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    1. That's interesting. My mother only ever used garlic powder and I thought I didn't like garlic! I like to bloom it in oil when cooking. Yum. Oh, and falafels with tahini. Sounds good! Thank you for sharing. And your guess was excellent considering the misleading image. Be well!

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  7. I would have never have guessed that! We have a garlic press, but I never use it. Too difficult to clean. I just peel garlic manually and chop it up.

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    1. Your living arrangements are definitely different, making this understandable. ~grin~ Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Heh, I've had some of the same trouble with garlic presses and the rubber skin remover. :) It's good to know I'm not alone! :)

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    1. I agree! ~grin~ Be well, my dear. And Happy Writing!

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  9. Yum garlic! I do like it in my dishes Im more of a smasher, though. lol I give it a good wack with the side of my knife and the skin pops right off. I would have said a cannoli roller for that. lol

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    1. I may make more of a fuss than needed, it seems. ~grin~ Cannoli. Yum. Be well!

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