Cons: difficult to use, not for those with arthritis, slicing by hand is easier!
As an Italian who uses loads of garlic in my cooking, I can appreciate the various garlic accessories that are available like garlic peelers, garlic presses, hand choppers, etc. I've never really bothered to thinly slice my garlic when a recipe called for it, though, because I don't have the patience to sit and create wafer-thin pieces. I normally just finely mince the garlic and call it a day.
My sister hosted a Pampered Chef party a few months ago, so I attended to hang out with everyone but didn't have the extra cash to actually start buying things. She and my cousin (the co-host) felt so strongly about the Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer that they actually bought one for me despite my protests that I didn't need it because they loved theirs so much. Unfortunately, I don't find this little gadget to be a must-have or even all that helpful.
About This Product
The Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer is a small kitchen gadget that is designed to thinly slice cloves of garlic with just a twist of the wrist. This device has two pieces. The first is a base with two blades that look like they came out of the old-school plastic pencil sharpeners I used back in the day and the second is the top which allows you to push the garlic cloves down to the blades and then spin them across the blades to create the thin slices. The base has a plastic divider to create two separate compartments for the garlic and the top has a slice in the middle to allow it to fit onto the base and press down the cloves. Both pieces can be cleaned in the dishwasher and this Garlic Slicer costs $14.50 at Pampered Chef parties and through the company web site.
I received my Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer four months ago and it collected dust in my kitchen cabinet for the past 3 and a half of them. I'm so used to just substituting chopped garlic that I never felt a burning need to use it. Finally, a couple of weeks ago I felt guilty for letting it collect dust and decided to check out this Garlic Slicer.
I decided to follow the directions for Carmine's Pasta Pomodoro and use this Pampered Chef product to create the thin slices of garlic that the recipe required. I didn't know how smashed garlic cloves (place it under the side of a chef's knife and pop your fist down to make the skin easy to remove) would do in this Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer, so I took a lot of time to peel most of them by hand so as to keep the whole cloves intact.
I followed the instructions to put only 2 cloves per side in this device, put the top into place, started turning it... and nothing happened. I was disappointed, but started to put a little muscle into it and noticed that there were some garlic slices that were coming out of the bottom of the base. The problem was that I must have slept in a funny position and my right wrist was exceptionally sore, so it was difficult to get the cloves sliced... especially as I had like 12 of them to get through. This Pampered Chef slicer definitely isn't something that those with arthritis or carpal tunnel will want to use. It took about half an hour to get all of the garlic sliced which was just ABSURD! I could finely chop up the same amount by hand in 5 minutes and with a hand-chopper in 2.
I did also slice up a few garlic cloves that I had peeled by using the knife-smash method. Honestly, they were just as difficult to slice with this Pampered Chef Garlic Slicer as the whole cloves were. Bottom line, this thing is really a pain in the behind and more hassle than it is worth.
My sister and cousin swear up and down that they can't survive without their Pampered Chef Garlic Slicers, but I've discovered that I am perfectly fine without it. Trying to get cloves of garlic sliced up with this thing is a major and time-consuming chore. Thus far I've done just fine by substituting chopped garlic for sliced garlic, but if I felt a recipe really required sliced garlic... I'd just sit down and to it by hand because it would be much easier than trying to use this product.