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Old 07-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Smashing garlic

when i am smashing garlic with the flat of a knife, almost never get it on first try. not strong enough in hands, i guess. was trying unsuccessfully to do it today. had a thought, use the meat pounder, flat side. wow, first time. i think i have hit on something here. how does everyone else do it?

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Old 07-19-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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I use a knife. I have seen Alton Brown on Good Eats use a small block of marble to smash the garlic. Bottom line is, use whatever works for you.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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when i am smashing garlic with the flat of a knife, almost never get it on first try. not strong enough in hands, i guess. was trying unsuccessfully to do it today. had a thought, use the meat pounder, flat side. wow, first time. i think i have hit on something here. how does everyone else do it?
Good thinking out of the box! I agree with Andy, anything that works. I use the side of a knife.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:59 AM   #4
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Good idea using a meat mallet. I don't like using a chef's knife either - it doesn't flatten the garlic enough for me. I use a medium/small heavy-bottomed pot.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:21 AM   #5
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I use a dough scraper, also known as a bench knife, as it has a much larger surface.
But if you don't have anything conventional handy, lots of other things could be used to do the job, like the bottom of an unopened can (of tomatoes for example) or using the bottom of a side plate and press down on it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:58 PM   #6
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Garlic press. It works so well....
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:27 PM   #7
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Garlic press. It works so well....
I've had one of those...note the past tense. I find them difficult to clean and they are single purpose. However, if it works for you
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:52 PM   #8
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...thx for the good ideas!
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I forgot to mention that I also use my garlic press, to press fresh ginger root.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:23 PM   #10
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The garlic press went the way of the horse and buggy.here.I use what's handy, a cleaver,chef knife,flat side of meat mallet What ever is handy
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