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!)
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.