Garlic Facts, Health Tips & News

Going into the archives here…  There are a lot of interesting garlic facts to learn.  Places we’ve been that the good ‘ol garlic bulb has taken us.  Health Benefits of Garlic, show tips……
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Random Garlic Facts

If you live in the US the majority of the garlic sold in grocery stores comes from China. But did you know there is a 377% tariff on all fresh garlic being imported from China?

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Why the extra duty?

Back in the early nineties China tried to take control of the US market by selling their exports at rock bottom prices. This approach took market share away from Mexico, Argentina, and domestic growers. So the Fresh Garlic Growers Association of America filed an anti-dumping petition and won their case. The ensuing 377% percent tariff staved off the Chinese for a few years but a loop hole in the legislation allowed them to creep back into the US market.

Chinese growers are able to ship through other countries and then into the US thus avoiding the tax. Today the Fresh Garlic Growers association are trying to get the legislation amended to close this loop hole but have had no luck. Today China accounts for 75% of all garlic imported into the US.

So my advice is to buy locally if you can. The garlic will last longer and taste fresher!!

(Or grow your own, see previous postings for advice of how to grow your own garlic)

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Random Garlic Facts

USA is the largest importer of garlic in the world. The 2009 totals for garlic(fresh and dried) imported to the USA was nearly 121,500 (metric tons) valued at an estimated 95.6 million dollars.

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China accounts for 92% of all US garlic imports followed by Mexico and Argentina.

On the other hand the US exported 5,670 (metric tons) of fresh garlic to both Canada and Mexico. That’s a big difference. It is to be noted that the annual export for US garlic has been gradually dropping since 1997.

FACT – Garlic is Alkaline not Acidic.  This is good news for us because it raises our body’s PH level thereby helping to thwart off bacteria, diseases and cancer.  However, if you expose it to your skin for long periods of time it will actually burn you, your skin will peel.

FACT – We used the same three Garlic Chops to shred 1200 bulbs of garlic at The National Home Show, that’s over 150lbs of garlic in 10 days! AND, we’ve been using the same three Garlic Chops from tradeshow to tradeshow for the past year chopping up close to 10,000 bulbs of garlic! Try doing that with your garlic press!!

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What is garlic?

First off, garlic is a vegetable. Its origins are believed to be central Asia. In Latin, Allium Sativum belongs to the onion family, thus its strong pungent taste and smell. You may also be familiar with some of garlic’s cousins: leeks, onions, chives and shallots… all potent and very healthy! Garlic health benefits include: lowering blood pressure (blood thinner) and cholesterol levels.

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Garlic is a common addition to many dishes for all walks of life on all five continents. It grows under the ground and forms a bulb. It is usually planted about half finger deep under the soil (root facing down, pointy tip facing up) in the fall, around November. It will start to grow in April and be ready for harvest around August when the stock is half green, half browned.

The individual cloves that you peel from the garlic bulb are used to grow another bulb. A bulb of garlic has 6, 8, 10, 12 or more cloves. Garlic cloves can be skinned, peeled, chopped, sliced, minced, grated, roasted, fried, cooked, boiled or even eaten raw (although not advisable).

A garlic press will squeeze a lot of the juices out and this is usually the first thing to burn off in the pan. I use The Garlic ChopTM to mince my garlic. Once minced, the exposed garlic and it’s juices oxygenate and create a substance called Allicin. This is the stuff that makes garlic so pungent giving its many health benefits.
After being exposed for about 5min, maximum potency is reached but will decline in about an hour if left on the counter. Eating 2-3 cloves per day is reasonable, although it is not uncommon for some people eat bulbs of garlic daily.

Garlic is grown world wide, with China being the number one producer. World production has increased over the last decade. In 2008, the top ten garlic producing nations producing over 16million tonnes of garlic!

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GARLIC HEALTH BENEFITS #33

Garlic health benefits vary.  It is generally known for preventing high cholesterol, blood pressure and cancer.  It can even help regulate your blood/sugar levels.  It is known for its anti-viral, bacterial and fungal properties.  Make no mistake, it will burn peel your finger skin off if you chop 100’s of garlic bulbs a week! Alkaline foods, like garlic, prevent cancers and diseases from thriving.

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Try placing some crushed garlic on a wart, then cover it with a band-aid over night. A substance called Allicin is formed after being chopped.  This will help burn the wart off.  Also great for Athletes Foot and colds when injested.

You can even add a clove of garlic to your mouthwash to fight off bad germs, but I don’t think it would taste too good.  Your friends might not like you anymore.  And, believe it or not, in WWI and WWII garlic was used as an antiseptic to inhibit gangrene.

High in anti-oxidants, garlic can help reduce the amount of free radicals in our body, thereby boosting your immune system.  Garlic also has anti-biotic properties.

Vitamins you can find in garlic are: C, B6, manganese and selenium.  Some people may not be interested in any garlic health benefits… they just want to eat it because tastes great in a whole lot of dishes, cooked or raw.

Garlic will hurt if it is thrown at you!  At tradeshows, sometimes we throw garlic at each other in between garlic chopping demonstrations to amuse ourselves.  It started getting dangerous so we had to stop.  This one time…………..

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Garlic Health Benefits #21

Garlic is commonly eaten cooked, fried, baked, roasted, glazed and even raw.

At one of the tradeshows we were demonstrating how The Garlic ChopTM worked.  And, along comes this cute little 9 year old girl (with her parents) and starts eating raw peeled garlic cloves.  She was even polite enough to ask!  “Can I eat some of your garlic?”  and her mom says “she does this all the time”.  I cringed when I saw her eat it raw.  I was so impressed, I figured if she can do this, so can I…. so, later that night I proceeded in eating a big clove of garlic.

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Oh man, it hurt later on.  How that little girl did it was beyond my understanding.  You see, some of the garlic health benefits are that garlic is not Acidic as some may think, it is Alkaline on the PH scale.  This is yet another reason why garlic is healthy for you.  Always make sure you are consuming lots of alkaline foods.  This will help prevent cancers and diseases from thriving in your body.  Things like ketchup and vinegar are acidic.  So, just eat more garlic!

In addition, garlic contains Allicin, a substance that can cause us humans intestinal and digestive tract problems if eaten raw.  And don’t let your pets eat it raw, it could be their last meal.

Another time a couple came by our booth.  The woman told me how she had to take her husband to the hospital because he was eating too much garlic.  You see, she said he chews it and stores it in the side of his mouth, making his cheek bulge out like a chipmunk.  He almost put a hole through the side of his mouth!  This is not one of garlic’s health benefits.  Can you believe that??  But that’s another story………..

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Come see us at the 2010 International Housewares Show

2010 International Home + Housewares Show Location, Dates & Times

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Booth#6126
McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Sunday, March 14
8:30am – 5:30pm* Monday, March 15
8:30am – 5:30pm* Tuesday, March 16
8:30am – 5:00pm

We’ll be show casing our garlic chop, garlic peel, and garlic keep products.

See you there!!

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Come and See us at the National Home Show

Koopeh Designs will be at the National Home Show. Booth 4374

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We’ll be offering some amazing deals on Garlic bundles. Discounted prices for the Garlic Chop, Garlic Peel, and Garlic Keeper.


Location
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd.
Toronto, ON
416-263-3000

Dates + Hours 

Friday,           February 19
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm
Saturday,       February 20
10:00 am
 –
9:00 pm
Sunday,         February 21
10:00 am
 –
6:00 pm
Monday,        February 22
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  Mommies Day!
Tuesday,       February 23
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  
Wednesday,  February 24
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  
Thursday,      February 25
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  Girls Night Out!
Friday,          February 26
11:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  
Saturday,      February 27
10:00 am
 –
9:00 pm  
Sunday,        February 28
10:00 am
 –
6:00 pm

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Garlic Tip #22

Let’s talk about health and why garlic is so good for you.

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It’s because it is packed with such nutrients as:

 Vitamin A – Good for eye sight. Skin health. Immune function.

Vitamin C – Prevents scurvy (dirty pirates!!). A wonderful antioxidant. Strengthens immune system

Phosphorus – Strengthens living cells (helps with transportation)

Potassium – is necessary for the function of living cells

There a bunch of others also. But when I tried to research I couldn’t for the life of me understand what they do or how they do it.

Let’s just say garlic is good for you. Try and eat a good garlic recipe every day. Never use a garlic press. Use a garlic chopper they work much better.

There you have it!!

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Garlic Tip #6

Storing Garlic is important. Freshness is best-ness. But it can all depending  on the type of garlic you buy.

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If you buy garlic grown in China it will not last as long locally or domestically grown garlic. Here’s why……..

The garlic is picked, packed, and shipped by truck or train from in land China all the way to a seaside port where it is stored while waiting to be booked onto a vessel. The vessel takes roughly 23 days to ship across the pacific to a port in the U.S. or Canada. It is then stored while waiting to be transported inland to various destinations via truck or train. These destinations may be local food distribution centers or terminals. Where the retailer picks up the garlic and delivers it right to the store or to another facility for storage. This process can take up to three months.

If you buy it in a sleeve of 3-5 bulbs and don’t store it properly it won’t last very long.

For best results you need to store garlic in a cool dark place at room temperature. I would suggest storing the garlic in a “Garlic Keeper”. The holes in the bottom allow the temperature to stay consistent with that of the room thus helping your garlic stay fresher longer.

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Garlic Tip# 98

The Garlic Press and why the Garlic Chop is better…………….

#1    When you use a press the garlic is the same size every time it passes through the tiny holes. But when we cook with garlic we need it to be different sizes for different cooking applications.  i.e. When frying garlic we want the chunks to be a little bigger so they don’t burn in a frying pan. (two-three turns of the chopper).
If you want to make a salad dressing or something like that you want the garlic to be very fine. Simply keep turning the chopper until you get the consistency you need.

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You can also make a paste by adding salt (sea salt or kosher salt works best) to the garlic while inside the chopper. The salt will pull the moister out of the garlic to create a paste which is perfect for garlic bread.

#2 The chop is easy to clean. Simply unscrew the plate and rinse in the sink but is dishwasher safe also. The garlic press is not (some higher end ones have self cleaning mechanisms however these units typically cost a minimum or $19.99 to $29.99) easy to clean, you need to pick the garlic out of the tiny holes.

#3 Price: I decent press is a minimum of $19.99 to $29.99. Chop is $9.99 –  $11.99

#4 Garlic juice. When you use the garlic press the juice gets squeezed out when you push the garlic through the screen. With the chop the juice stays within the small pieces of chopped garlic. All of the flavor crystals of the garlic are contained in the juice.

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Garlic Tip #34

Storing Garlic:  Garlic likes to be stored in a cool dark place. Ideally you want to use a clay or ceramic garlic keeper. Sometimes the cloves may sprout. If this happens don’t throw the garlic away. It simply means that the garlic will be less flavorful. The sprouts themselves contain strong flavor crystals and can be cut up and used in salads or stir frys.

 

Stratford Garlic Festival

I just want to give a big shout out to the folks at the Stratford Garlic Festival. It was a great show and the turnout was fantastic.

Our new products were well received and a great time was had by all.

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If you are looking to buy our products and you are in the Stratford / London area (Ontario) please visit our retail partner named:
Bradshaws
129 Ontario Street
Stratford Ontario
519 271 6283

Here are some pictures of the Festival

http://stratfordgarlicfestival.com/photos.html

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See us on the front cover Fall CGTA Magazine

Front cover of the Fall CGTA Magazine

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Our new product “The Garlic Peel” made it on the front cover of the Fall CGTA Magazine.

Koopeh’s new products The Garlic Peel and The Garlic Keep were showcased at the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association this passed August.

In addition to the front cover spread we also received a great write up on page 49 of the magazine.

If you are a Canadian retailer looking to purchase our products on a wholesale level please contact sales@koopeh.com or you can get in touch with our Canadian Distributor Fox Run Craftsmen Canada at 1-800-383-0122.

A big thank you to the gang at the CGTA magazine for some wonderful exposure!!

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Come and See us at the Stratford Garlic Festival this Saturday Sept 12th 2009


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Come and see us at the third annual Stratford Garlic Festival this Saturday September 12th at the Old Stratford Fairgrounds.

9am to 4pm 20 Glastonbury Drive (off Churchill Circle)

www.stratfordgarlicfestival.com

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ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT…Don’t miss out on seeing us at the Canadian Exhibition

The Canadian Exhibition in Toronto ends this coming Monday Sept 7th. Don’t miss out on some amazing deals!!

Booth 2842, Hall A in the Direct Energy Building

 

Come See Us at the Toronto Exhibition

Aug 21st to Sept 7th at the Toronto Ex. At the Toronto Exhibition grounds. Direct Energy Center Booth 2842 (Back wall beside Pro Garage and the Ice Cream Store)

We are show casing our new Garlic Peeler and Garlic Keeper. Come see us for special offers and bulk discounts.

 

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Koopeh Designs adds two new products to its lineup – The Garlic Keep and The Garlic Peeler

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• New garlic peeler makes its debut into Koopeh Designs lineup

• New garlic storage device makes its debut

• Koopeh Designs now has three new devices that store, mince, and peel garlic

TORONTO, ON., March 18 — Koopeh Designs today announced the debut of The Garlic Peel, a garlic peeler, and The Garlic Keep, a device that keeps garlic fresh, at the 2009 International Home and Housewares Show on March 22nd to 24th in Chicago. Both these products will complement the award-winning garlic mincer, The Garlic Chop.

The Garlic Peel is a tube-like device made of silicone that peels the skin off the garlic cloves. The user inserts garlic cloves inside the tube-like device, and then rubs outer layer between their hands or rubs the device against the table and using friction to peel the cloves. The Garlic Keep is a storage device made of ceramic with holes on the bottom to keep the garlic fresh. Both of these will complement The Garlic Chop which is made of polycarbonate. Garlic cloves can be inserted inside this device, and the user twists and turns the device to mince the cloves. All three devices are shaped like a garlic bulb which provides a clean, minimalist and visually appealing design.

“We are pleased to announce two complimentary tools for The Garlic Chop,” said Evan Ruzycky, founder, Koopeh Designs. “Now, we have devices that store, peel and mince garlic, and making the preparation of healthy food much easier.”

Upcoming Koopeh Designs showings:

March 22-24: Chicago, IL – 2009 International House and Housewares Show, McCormack Place

KoopehTM Designs founded in 2007 caters to a niche within the home improvements market. Its current products The Garlic ChopTM , The Garlic PeelTM and The Garlic KeepTM were designed to be visually appealing, functional and easy to use and clean. These innovative tools are sure to be ideal kitchen accessories. For more information visit http://www.koopeh.com/

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Come see us at the National Home Show

Koopeh Designs will be exhibiting The Garlic Chop at the upcoming National Home Show at the Direct Energy Ctr in Toronto Canada. Feb 20 2009 – Mar 01 2009.

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We’ll be located at booth#2407

Location
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd.
Toronto, ON
416-263-3000
Click here to map your route using google maps.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, is close to entertainment, shopping and hotels. Ample parking is available and transit is just a short walk away. Visit the Parking/Directions page on the website for more information.

Dates + Hours

Friday, February 20 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 22 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Monday, February 23 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 24 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Wednesday, February 25 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Thursday, February 26 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Friday, February 27 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 28 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 1 10:00 am 6:00 pm

See you there!!

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Canada AM : AM Kitchen : Chef Michael P. Clive with kitchen gadget gift ideas

From environmentally friendly pans to a garlic-shaped garlic press, a chef demonstrates a number of kitchen gadgets gift ideas.

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This was the heading from CTV’s Canada AM TV showwhere Chef Michael P. Clive demonstrated The Garlic Chop. Highlighting it at as one of this years “great gift ideas”……

<This was a big boost for us. See Even chef’s like to use The Garlic Chop.

Here is the link to the CTV website where you can view the clip..

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/top-picks/holiday-guide/#clip121739

Good times.

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The Garlic Chop Heads to the Home Show!

 

Thinking Of Growing Your Own Garlic?

If you are planning on growing your own garlic this year, you should start thinking about planting it soon because the Fall is the best time to plant garlic! Here are some quick tips on growing your own garlic from the folks at Garlic Chop HQ.

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The fall is when many gardeners will start to plant bulbs for tulips, daffodils and crocuses so that these bulbs will bloom in the spring. Garlic is a bulb too, and so if you’re thinking of growing your own garlic so you always have some on hand to add to your recipes, now is the time to get started! You can normally buy garlic bulbs for planting in your local gardening center, but if you can’t find any there you can even try planting store bought garlic that has started to sprout some green shoots at the top. The problem is that this type of garlic might have been treated just to stop it growing these shoots – after all – you don’t really want to eat green shoots with your garlic, do you! You can try a local farmer’s market and ask some of the people selling garlic to give you some advice on the best types of bulb to plant, and the internet is also a great resource for finding out where you can buy garlic plants to grow. You might be able to find mail-order garlic plants too.

If you’re planting garlic, do it in the fall before it gets too cold and plant your garlic in a place that will get plenty of sun. Separate the garlic into cloves and make sure that the root is pointing down and the tip is pointed up. Push the garlic cloves down two or three inches into the soil and make sure you leave each garlic clove about a half a foot from the others. In case you were wondering, a pH neutral soil is the best, and one that is quite loamy (which means the soil has some sand, silt, and clay in it). If it gets very cold in your area, you can use a layer of straw over your planted garlic to protect it from the frost. If your garlic plants are doing well, remember to harvest them in late spring or early summer. Then all you need is a Garlic Chop, to chop that garlic quickly and easily to use in all your garlic recipes!

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Tim Hortons Introduces Garlic Toast!

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Many of you garlic lovers out there will have seen that Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnuts chain, is now offering garlic toast along with their homestyle chili – it’s what chili lovers want! But what if you’re a chili lover AND a garlic lover AND you want to enjoy some garlic toast with your chili at home?

Well here at the Garlic Chop HQ, we have a solution – a delicious recipe for home made, homestyle garlic toast – with extra garlic! And we’re going to go one better than Tim Hortons and add a tasty two-cheese mix to our garlic creation to make the ultimate garlic ‘n’ cheese toast experience. You can find out how to make this yummy snack in our Garlic Recipes section – just click here: for the garlic toast recipe

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