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Old 12-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #1
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Garlic press..comments/feedback?

This is related to one that was posted in 09. If you are a cheap skate like me, and you have a large hispanic population in your town, then go to the more hispanically[?] oriented store and look for a lemon/lime press. It will be made of some heavy pot metal, very crudely made. Basically its like two spoons hinged together, with holes in the bowl. Put the lime half, or garlic in one, close and squeeze. Tada! I trust you have the intelligence to figure it out.

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Old 12-17-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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I have one of these and they're not even that great at getting all the juice out of the fruit, I don't see how they could do much justice to garlic.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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When I think garlic press I think Zyliss (brand name), $12-$15 at Amazon or Target. The older ones have an aluminum insert, the newer ones plastic. I have both, bought the second one because the first one works so good and I was afraid it might break and might not be able to get another. Happy to see they are as plentiful as ever.

I hate to sound judgmental but IMO money spent on cooking tools is money well spent. If nothing else the correct tool will save you labor and if you constantly cook it will save you labor time after time after time (and usually give better results too). The money I spent on my knife block set (about $200, Henckels) was the best money I ever spent on cooking gear.

I have a lime press too. Note to place the sliced face of the lime toward the holes, perhaps not intuitive (to me at first) but how it's intended to be used. I don't see how a lime press could perform adequately on garlic compared to a garlic press, because the holes in a garlic press are finer.

Actually mostly I'd rather mince my garlic using a knife. I don't know why but minced garlic always seems to cook better than pressed garlic.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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I have a couple garlic presses but they are mostly left unused in the tools drawer in the kitchen since I bought my microplane grater. I use it almost exclusively to prepare garlic for recipes. Depending on how I want my garlic, I can choose either the fine side or the larger side of the grater. Poor garlic presses are feeling unloved.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
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I have a couple garlic presses but they are mostly left unused in the tools drawer in the kitchen since I bought my microplane grater. I use it almost exclusively to prepare garlic for recipes. Depending on how I want my garlic, I can choose either the fine side or the larger side of the grater. Poor garlic presses are feeling unloved.
Me too Katie. In fact I threw out 4 kinds of garlic presses taking up room in my drawer.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Me too Katie. In fact I threw out 4 kinds of garlic presses taking up room in my drawer.
Ya know, I need to get rid of my collection too. Haven't used them in years.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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I like a microplane too. It's always better to have more tools and more choices.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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And more room and more drawer space!
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:38 PM   #9
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And more room and more drawer space!
Hey Dawgluver! I just spoke with the person doing my kitchen remodling and we discussed the 30 feet of counters, drawers and cupboards that will surround it. I think I'll finally have a spot for everything and counter space to do everything!
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Hey Dawgluver! I just spoke with the person doing my kitchen remodling and we discussed the 30 feet of counters, drawers and cupboards that will surround it. I think I'll finally have a spot for everything and counter space to do everything!
Yay! That will be so nice, Timothy!
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