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Old 02-24-2009, 01:42 PM   #1
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Garlic Press

My son gave me a gift of an Oxo Garlic Press.

I had never used one before - I would smash the cloves with the
blade of my Chinese knife and take the peel off manually and then mince
and puree the garlic using my knife.

I used the press today (making Navy Bean soup) and thought
there was an awful lot of waste - I used an entire head of garlic
and think I would get almost 50% more garlic if I used my
traditional method.

Anyone else find this true/false?

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Old 02-24-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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yeah, i dont like garlic presses....ive also noticed that they leave a "skin" in the press that clogs it and is very difficult to clean

i prefer my knives
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Add me to the list. I just hate throwing away all that goodness!
Besides, chopping is much more fun!
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:08 PM   #4
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I also threw my garlic press away.

Using a knife is easier and, like you say, wastes less
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:13 PM   #5
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Mine went the way of the garbage truck..I prefer using a chef knife either chopping or after a rough chop add a little olive oil to the garlic then some salt and scrap the blade over the garlic it turns almost into a paste. A little work but well worth it.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:15 PM   #6
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I'm with you. When students ask me which garlic press I prefer, I always refer them to the side of my chef's knife.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:50 PM   #7
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With all of this consensus I think I will return to
my old method using my knife - first I will experiment with
peeling the cloves before putting them in the press just to
see if there is still such a lot of waste.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:00 PM   #8
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The garlic press is a failed attempt at creating a new tool for a job that already had a perfectly good tool; the knife.
Throw the garlic press away, and tell everyone you know not to get one.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:03 PM   #9
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I don't have one either; I buy the already peeled garlilc and smash it in our chopper for use. I wonder if it would be good for someone with arthritis, though.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:12 PM   #10
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My son gave me a gift of an Oxo Garlic Press.

I had never used one before - I would smash the cloves with the
blade of my Chinese knife and take the peel off manually and then mince
and puree the garlic using my knife.

I used the press today (making Navy Bean soup) and thought
there was an awful lot of waste - I used an entire head of garlic
and think I would get almost 50% more garlic if I used my
traditional method.

Anyone else find this true/false?
Too much waste in a garlic press, I use your old method...much more effecient :0)
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