But there's one little guy that has a tendency to trump my knife.
This is a "Garlic Zoom." I got this as a gift about a year ago, and let me tell you, it's awesome.
I should take a step back and point out that I have no affiliation with Chef'n (the creator of the Garlic Zoom), nor have I been approached to write this post or compensated in any way. I just want to share it with you!
Drop the garlic cloves in the top, and inside is there a spool of little blades. Then just close it up, roll the black wheels along the countertop a couple of times, and the garlic is perfectly chopped up! And of course, even though it's only recommended for garlic, it works wonders on fresh ginger root. The other day, we made a marinade for some flank steak, and in addition to garlic pepper and salt, we added chopped garlic and ginger from our Garlic Zoom:
Fresh garlic and ginger, fast! And no knife cleaning.
Speaking of cleaning...
...the whole thing comes apart, and is dishwasher safe. Anything that makes my life easier and is dishwasher safe is a winner in my book.
You can pick one up at most kitchen-y stores, like Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma. You can also find it online here at Amazon.com. And most places they're $10 or less!