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Old 01-13-2008, 09:54 PM   #11
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Yep - America's Test Kitchen did a test of garlic presses and said the only one that really worked was a Zyliss - and that is what they use. If I remember right, "The Frug" not only gave the okey-dokey to the Zyliss on TV - I "think" it is also listed in the recommendations for cookware, tools and gadgets at the front of most (9 of 11?) of his cookbooks ... sorry, I still have not found the boxes with my cookbooks since the move.

A "Microplane" is a very fine grater - originally a woodworking tool that some cleaver chef realized was a great tool for zesting (it didn't clog like the zester side of a boix grater) and it became an instant hit! Of course, you can now find it in cookery stores for much more than it originally cost when purchased from a hardware store.

The difference between a garlic press and a microplane is that one "presses" and the other "grates".

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Old 01-13-2008, 10:12 PM   #12
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Yep, use chef knife to press my garlic. I bought a garlic press many years ago and it was more work than whacking it with my knife and mincing. So no more press!!!

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Old 01-23-2008, 03:57 PM   #13
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Garlic press?? Micro Plane????

When I did my C&G 7061/2 the method for garlic prep was with the knife. What's going on with all these gadgets? Washing up - ecologically unsound and what a palavar.

Chop Chop CRUSH SMEAR - that's the way.

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Old 01-23-2008, 11:31 PM   #14
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I think most gadgets stem from someone in some kitchen somewhere saying "theres gotta be a better way to do this!" Sometimes they are right, the trick is sifting thru the garbage to find the really good and really useful tools.
Space is at a premium in my tiny kitchen, and like Alton Brown I have a tendency to shy away 'multi' or 'all' purpose tools. So, often I just use the chop chop crush smear method as well LOL.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:10 PM   #15
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I remember J. Smith explaining what to look for in a garlic press, one having a rugged construction and pivoting ram. I don't remember him saying Zyliss. It's been a while.

Since then I have had a handful of garlic presses of varying construction, some worked better than others. Some didn't work very well at all.

I kept going back to the knife and I think I'm going to stick with the knife from now on.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:29 PM   #16
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Thanks to everyone for all the good info. The Zyliss is the one I was trying to think of in my original post. I remember I liked it at the time but it disappeared over the years and relocations. I bought and threw away a couple of other brands since then...just too flimsy.
Thanks again to all.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:46 PM   #17
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Kuhn Rikon - rules, kind of pricey but it's fabulous. Needs less effort because it's so sturdy and cleans better than any I have tried.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:58 PM   #18
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I trust your judgement, Barbara, if you like it, it must be good. Going shopping!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:13 PM   #19
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microplanes are great for garlic, ginger, nutmeg, zesting and a lot of other things..a lot easier and faster than chopping most stuff to me.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:13 AM   #20
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I always think I waste so much of the garlic clove with the press, I don't have one anymore. I just mince really fine in my Zyliss chopper thing, I love it!!!

Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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