Sunday, February 6, 2011

some of my favorite tools...

while we were in rwanda, we used garlic often. suddenly it hit me that i had never used real garlic. i mean, we use it, but i cheat and buy the jar of it already chopped and ready to be used. it's quick and easy and not too expensive, but it's also a luxury i will NOT have while in rwanda. (atleast that i've seen) so i came home and bought the next best thing -a garlic press. you would not believe the cost of those things! i opted for the cheapest one (about $3)...
well, i didn't know if i was stupid or doing it wrong or what, but that thing did NOT press my garlic! i resorted to more jar garlic again. then, last month, i was shopping in ikea and saw 2 different garlic presses. this time i opted for the more expensive, solely b/c it looked better made and easier to wash. here is the one i picked, still costing a mere $5 (as compared to some of the $20 ones i saw at target). i LOVE this thing! i can't tell you how much! it is so super easy and literally gets all the garlic from the clove!! obviously i love it enough to take the time to blog about it -that's gotta mean something! many of our things will be donated/sold when we leave, but this will be squeezing into my action packer for rwanda!!! anyway, just wanted to share in case any of you are in the market for a great press.


this is another newer gadget. i had a can opener that just got old. it was barely cutting and needed to be replaced. i HATE how expensive this type of thing can be. i put it off and put it off attempting to avoid the inevitable! i wanted a nice (& easy) one, but didn't want to hand over an arm and a leg...
i found this one, can't remember for how much, and have been completely in love! it's the kind that takes the whole top off so no sharp edges (bonus), and even has a nifty claw like thing on the side for gripping the lid after it's cut. i have to admit, i was quite baffled by this thing in the beginning, but quickly grew very fond of it! i'm not sure how many cans i'll be opening in rwanda, but this will be with me just in case a random one comes along!

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