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Old 05-30-2006, 12:19 PM   #11
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Personally, I find it useless. The garlic does not come out of the little holes. I take a big knife, place it over the clove(s), & smash - done. The other apparatus (can't think of the name) I use, is a silver sort a scraper with a rounded edge. Pound down on the garlic and use the flat edge to scrape it into the pan. It also eliminates peeling the clove(s).
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:25 PM   #12
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I just killed another garlic press. I find if I get a good heavy duty one I can really do some damage garlic wise. I find a garlic press invaluable for making caesar salad dressing. I simply cannot mince it fine enough for that. I just smash it when I am cooking with it though.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:25 PM   #13
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I would prefer mortor and pestel, but since I broke mine and have not replaced it yet, I use my garlic press all the time, I love garlic in almost anything.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:26 PM   #14
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Mince it, then smash it with the side of your knife to make a paste.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:53 PM   #15
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Mincing it with kosher salt will make it a fine paste as well.
I have a garlic press but I don't use it often. When I am using my food processor for a few different things at dinner, I'll just pulse the garlic in there. Easy.
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:02 PM   #16
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Most disappointing thing about the garlic press is that I couldn't get any garlic juice out of it - thru the holes. The 'press' is just that - it will press it, not mince, chop or make a paste. It looked good standing with my other gadgets, but a waste of space, IMHO.
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:41 PM   #17
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I have one, but rarely use it these days. I either just smash the clove with the side of a knife & then chop/mince it, or I use my "garlic plane", which slices cloves paper thin on one side, or grates them on the other. You stick the cloves in a plastic holder & then use a plastic pusher to apply the clove to the sharp surface. Have had it for years & love it.
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:43 PM   #18
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Mine is somewhere clogging up valuable space at the back of a drawer. I squash and chop or if I am finely chopping lots of ingreadiants I do it in a handheld Braun whizzer...which is how I do ginger too. I too find them more time cleaning than it taks to finely chop a squashed clove or too.....
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:57 PM   #19
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I have one but prefer a wooden mortar and pestle which I can't get here so looking forward to going to Kenya in the summer to get one.How do you crush your ginger?
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Old 05-30-2006, 03:58 PM   #20
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Personally, I find it useless. The garlic does not come out of the little holes. I take a big knife, place it over the clove(s), & smash - done. The other apparatus (can't think of the name) I use, is a silver sort a scraper with a rounded edge. Pound down on the garlic and use the flat edge to scrape it into the pan. It also eliminates peeling the clove(s).


I do that with the knife. Pound the unpeeled garlic cloves with the blade over
them with my fist, then peel the cloves. It IS easier to peel them that way, as you suggest!

I got a Chinese clever that I use a lot for chopping and slicing veggies, and it's perfect for this job.

But trust me, this press really works! I've seen Rachal Ray and other use this exact same one on the Food Network.


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