Around our kitchen, there are at least three drawers jammed with kitchen gadgets. Most of them are Christmas presents (it's a family tradition…), and most rarely see the light of day except when someone’s pawing through a gadget drawer hunting for a shrimp deveiner, a pickle fork, a reusable pop-up turkey timer, an egg piercer, a muddler… Yep: gadgets aplenty.
A few of those gadgets live outside a drawer because they’re actually used from time to time: one of them is our Zak E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler. Oh, sure, a real cook peels garlic by smacking a clove the skin with the flat of his chef's knife, but this thing is fun to use and, perhaps more important, it's been known to confuse visitors to our kitchen. More than one guest has asked, "What on earth is that?"
The E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler in action
Zak’s E-Z Roll Garlic Peeler is a simple, short tube of flexible rubber. You just stick a garlic clove or two inside, roll the peeler on a countertop with your hand, and pour the cloves onto your cutting board. Presto! The cloves’ skins are broken and ready to peel away. If you're good, they’re already partially off, yet the garlic is unblemished. If you’re worried about stinky fingers, not a drop of juice gets through the rubber.
Our version is beige rubber, though they’re available in several different colors. It's 5½ inches long overall and 1½” in diameter, large enough for an elephant garlic clove. The ends are cut at an angle so the short side is around four inches long. Some have scalloped edges like ours, some are smooth. When it isn’t in use, our peeler stays in a basket of garlic that hangs near the stove.
Our garlic peeler is pretty much idiot-proof, not to mention that it’s: klutzes and kids don't need to handle sharp knives to peel their garlic. The one problem I've noticed is that sometimes skin sticks to the inside of the peeler, though it easily rinses out. You could just leave it there, too – it's only dry cellulose. Since the peeler is a single chunk of rubber, it's not only washable, it’s dishwasher-safe.
Don’t have an E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler? Get your own – and wow your guests the next time you peel garlic!