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Garlic Press Recommendation
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:37:44 AM »
I hate the one we have. It presses some of the garlic out into nice little bits but the rest is a squished up clump that needs to be chopped up a bit more by hand in the end.

I don't like chopping garlic by hand as I cant get it small enough and if the "sous-chef" use the wrong board it smells of garlic for days after (even after scrubbing with salt and lemon). Sometimes I use my small blender (when I make dressings) but when I need garlic for a recipe other than dressings I'd rather press it quickly.

What do you have and what do you recommend. I am willing to invest. We eat a lot of garlic

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 08:10:28 AM »
I recommend a knife.

Once you fix your technique it's going to be about the same speed as a garlic press.  If your chopping board smells for days after cutting garlic and being washed you need a new chopping board (or better cleaning technique - ditch the lemon and salt, use soap).

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2018, 08:19:14 AM »
I recommend the Zyliss garlic press. I bought one ~20 years ago and it has never let me down. Don't take my word for it, check out all the positive reviews on Amazon.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2018, 08:33:08 AM »
I think that the point of a garlic press isn't so much to "chop" the garlic as to actually "press" it - so you get some that is nicely squashed and aromatic  and paste-y, but then you've got the leftover clump, too. I throw that clump away. If I just want to chop the garlic, I just chop it.

I recently bought a new and heavy garlic press that can go in the dishwasher. The old one was about 30 years old and the hinge finally gave out. The new one came with a silicon tube for peeling the garlic, which has enchanted my dh for some reason.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2018, 08:57:41 AM »
I have the Kuhn Rikon press. I like that it's super easy to clean the leftover lump out. It all separates and you can just scrape it out. Old ones I had were so much work to clean, it wasn't worth it.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 10:17:00 AM »
I have the Joseph Joseph garlic rocker and love it. After years of breaking garlic presses, this feels indestructible and doesn't much it too fine.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2018, 10:39:28 AM »
I don't think you can avoid the clump, with a garlic press. You can just toss it, though. Even Mustachians are allowed that much waste :-)

I've ended up just preferring the knife, too, like @GuitarStv . To me, cleaning a garlic press is maddening, whereas knives and cutting boards are easy. There's a bit of a knack to fine mincing, where you let the knife rock and rise under both hands...? Kind of hard to describe. I watched Julia Child do it on TV, at a young age, and was spellbound :-) When you get the hang of it you can get it as fine as you want in no time.

You do have to clean the stuff right away, in any case.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2018, 10:46:52 AM »
I also eat a lot of garlic, and third GuitarStv and Koshtra. I ditched the garlic press years ago and have zero desire to go back.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2018, 11:29:29 AM »
I used to use all sorts of one off kitchen gadgets. Then I watched several chef knife tutorials and now only use knives. I was never taught how to chop/slice/mince/etc when I was a kid because no one in my family knew how to do so either so we all took 10 times as long to cut things up and it made sense to spend money on gadgets to do things then.

So I also suggest learning how to properly mince garlic using a knife and clean your board with hot water and soap right after. It is amazing how easy it is when you get the hang of it, and that is less crap to store and clean.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2018, 11:55:58 AM »
I don't think you can avoid the clump, with a garlic press. You can just toss it, though. Even Mustachians are allowed that much waste :-)

I've ended up just preferring the knife, too, like @GuitarStv . To me, cleaning a garlic press is maddening, whereas knives and cutting boards are easy. There's a bit of a knack to fine mincing, where you let the knife rock and rise under both hands...? Kind of hard to describe. I watched Julia Child do it on TV, at a young age, and was spellbound :-) When you get the hang of it you can get it as fine as you want in no time.

You do have to clean the stuff right away, in any case.

You don't have to waste the clump though. I save it in the freezer to pop in when I'm making broth, along with my veggie scrap and meat scraps bags =)

It's funny, I went the opposite direction. When I learned to truly cook from scratch, I was living in 500sqft, and I did *everything* with my knife. There just wasn't space to spare, not when my husband was working from home in that space and I was a full time student (stuff, stuff, stuff!) When we bought a house and had a lot more space, I got a garlic press for Christmas. I *love* it for quick dishes like oven roasted Brussel sprouts and so on. I also find it weird people have such a hard time cleaning it. Mine scrapes out really easily with my finger, or I'll blast water and it blows back the way it came. Mine came with a little tool with nubs for cleaning, but I never use it.

That being said, I think knowing how to do a true mince is a really valuable skill. And is a more potent garlic. The clump has a lot of the volatile "green" flavors of the garlic, so paste tends to be milder than fresh minced. For things like soup, where you want a potent garlic, mincing is the way to go. If it'll be baked instead of boiled though? Eh.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2018, 08:30:59 PM »
Yes, use a knife. If you want the "smashiness" of a garlic press, first smash the clove of garlic with the broad side of the knife. That also magically loosens the skin so that it peels easily without a silicone sleeve that can get dirty and stinky. Then mince the garlic with the knife.

If I can learn how to mince garlic without losing any finger tips, then you can too!

(And I have been formally diagnosed with weak visual-spatial skills which means my brain doesn't always connect what my eyes see with what my hands do -- don't ask me how many car accidents I've been in because I misjudged distance)

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2018, 10:48:39 AM »
Yes, use a knife. If you want the "smashiness" of a garlic press, first smash the clove of garlic with the broad side of the knife. That also magically loosens the skin so that it peels easily without a silicone sleeve that can get dirty and stinky. Then mince the garlic with the knife.

If I can learn how to mince garlic without losing any finger tips, then you can too!

(And I have been formally diagnosed with weak visual-spatial skills which means my brain doesn't always connect what my eyes see with what my hands do -- don't ask me how many car accidents I've been in because I misjudged distance)

+1.  A garlic press is a one-use kitchen tool that you don't really need.  There's a video floating around of Jacques Pépin teaching great garlic smashing technique using your basic kitchen knife.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2018, 11:53:51 AM »
Definitely prefer just using a kitchen knife. But if you must get a press I have used the Oxo with good success.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2018, 04:55:33 PM »
I recommend the Zyliss garlic press. I bought one ~20 years ago and it has never let me down. Don't take my word for it, check out all the positive reviews on Amazon.
This one. I have had mine since the '80s and it is still going strong.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2018, 12:45:24 PM »
Yes, use a knife. If you want the "smashiness" of a garlic press, first smash the clove of garlic with the broad side of the knife. That also magically loosens the skin so that it peels easily without a silicone sleeve that can get dirty and stinky. Then mince the garlic with the knife.

If I can learn how to mince garlic without losing any finger tips, then you can too!

(And I have been formally diagnosed with weak visual-spatial skills which means my brain doesn't always connect what my eyes see with what my hands do -- don't ask me how many car accidents I've been in because I misjudged distance)

+1.  A garlic press is a one-use kitchen tool that you don't really need.  There's a video floating around of Jacques Pépin teaching great garlic smashing technique using your basic kitchen knife.

Found the video you referenced, very good, thank you!

https://www.foodandwine.com/video/jacques-p%C3%A9pin-peeling-crushing-and-chopping-garlic Here for others.

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Re: Garlic Press Recommendation
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2018, 01:32:15 PM »
Get the heaviest one you can find with the largest holes.