In The Kitchen – Granny’s Wisdom Rock 外婆的智慧石
Is getting rid of the skin of garlic a pain? Here’s a tip from my grandma. 蒜頭皮很難撥? 我的外婆有妙方~
Garlic is an essential ingredient in cooking, people have come up with various tools to help us get rid of its skin.
Some of those tools are quite expensive and most of them are not eco-friendly at all. I’m not a chain myself to a tree kind of person, but I feel like most of the time when we buy those tools we’re just experimenting or simply thinking that it’s cute, but not using them a whole lot after the purchase.
Why not get something from the nature and give it back when you’re done with it?
Me and my family were down by a river one day, and my mom picked up a rock and handed it to me, I was confused. She said “It’s for smashing garlic! That’s what grandma uses, she always keep one in the kitchen.”
I laughed about it at the time but I still took the rock home.
The next day I took the rock out and smashed some garlic with it, it worked wonders!
I used to smash my garlic with the side of my knife, but I have a narrow and thin knife so garlic slides around a bit and I would have to smack it pretty hard to get the garlic to open up.
However with a rock, it’s got some weight to it and a sandier surface, so not only does it not slide around it smashes the garlic with ease.
Oh! You also get a sense of satisfaction out of it if you’ve had a rough day at work. I believe it’s a great stress-relief remedy.
How do you pick the best garlic rock?
- It should be about the size of your hand.
- You can hold it in your hand comfortably. (My mom likes them oval-shaped, but as long as it’s got the right angle for your hand it’s a good rock)
- It’s not too flat (so you don’t smash your finger).
- It’s got some weight to it.
- Smack it around and make sure it’s hard enough so it doesn’t break easily.
Make sure you scrub it around before using it.
Here are a few more ideas of things you can smash up with the rock: nuts, chilly, green papaya salad… etc.
There you go, a eco-friendly tool for your kitchen. Pick one out and try it out, and if you don’t like it, just return it to where you found it.
還有一個好處就是– 它是發洩情緒的好幫手~ 心情不好嗎? 拿石頭砸砸蒜頭吧!