By Liesl Clark
This one’s going to take all of 30 seconds to write: If you’re a lover of kitchen gizmos like garlic crushers but just haven’t enjoyed the clean-up factor, get yourself a big stone and put it in your kitchen. Skip that gizmo that’s likely going to eventually break, doesn’t give you all the garlic from that clove since it gets stuck in weird places, and simply use a stone instead. I’ve had one in my kitchen for 8 years and I couldn’t live without it. In Nepal, my friends there all have stones in their kitchens. One flat one and one cylindrical one for crushing, mashing, and grinding either garlic, chili peppers, whole grains or whole spices. I brought a stone home with me and would recommend you finding one out in the woods, in your garden, or on the bank of the nearest river or stream. Think cave man style, not pottery barn. One hit on the garlic and it’s peeled. Another smash and it’s crushed. Easy peasy.
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