Getting the flavor out of garlic is not a difficult thing to do. Chop it, smash it, roast it or bake it, the stinking rose gives forth its unique deliciousness with little coaxing. But therein lies the conundrum; with so many ways to utilize the pungent little bulb, there are seemingly endless assortments of garlic gadgets designed to help.
The Casabella Garlic Slicer ($10) is a simple handheld garlic tool that slices instead of smashes. To use, insert peeled garlic cloves through the door and turn the handle. The garlic slices fall straight into a holding compartment and then can be added directly to recipes, eliminating the need to handle the freshly cut garlic slices.
While a standard garlic press quickly and easily decimates garlic cloves into itsy-bitsy pieces, that same action pulverizes bits right into the smashing mechanism. It can be wasteful and clean up is a pain. So, what to do? Think slices.
Ideally the slices may offer a solution to the spicy problem: get the garlic flavor into the food, not everywhere else.