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Old 01-28-2011, 05:10 PM   #11
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But what about what Skittle said about always nicking his nails on the grater? Garlic cloves really are rather tiny.
Skittle is a girl, MA. I dunno, I keep my nails short, and I don't grate the clove to the very end like it was gold or sumpin.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #12
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they teach knife skills! i gave in & used my Mom's tupper-type one when i was a tot. i then learned that i would much rather mince my garlic myself!~
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:08 PM   #13
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they teach knife skills! i gave in & used my Mom's tupper-type one when i was a tot. i then learned that i would much rather mince my garlic myself!~
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:23 PM   #14
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they teach knife skills! i gave in & used my Mom's tupper-type one when i was a tot. i then learned that i would much rather mince my garlic myself!~
Lol, so true! I would much rather mince garlic with a knife. But the memories of how terrible the garlic press is fade, and after a few months I try it again, like maybe I didn't do it right the first time lol
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:18 PM   #15
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I bought a garlic press when I first started cooking with fresh garlic and used it maybe twice. After that I decided it was easier to just mince it myself. I have no use for it. I did however discover by chance a marvelous mincing and peeling tool, snatched it up and loving it. I use this little baby almost every day. I posted about it on another thread yesterday:

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There's only two of us, too, but the way we use garlic it wouldn't last a week!

That said I'm totally addicted to fresh garlic and don't mind the extra prep, even when I have to make a lot of it. Actually I stumbled upon a little tool in the store one day that cut my garlic prep time by 90%....it's brilliant. It's a little handheld garlic mincer that came with a "garlic peeler" that works astonishingly well....it's just a tube of rubber, you stick the clove in the tube, roll it on the counter top a few times and the paper falls right off. Unreal. If you use garlic even half as much as we do you guys should look for this:

Garlic Pro Dicer and Peeler Set review at Kaboodle

There are many similarly designed ones but they have plastic "teeth" instead of the steel blades that this one has (this is the same type I stumbled upon in the store). I've never used the plastic kind but I can't imagine it works nearly as well as the blades do. Even with the stainless blades I sometimes have trouble turning it, garlic can be tough!

That peeler really does work, though!
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:47 AM   #16
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I got a Tupperware garlic press when I sold TW for 11 months. It's pretty. That's the only good thing I can say about it. It smashed up the garlic the couple times I tried it.

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:10 AM   #17
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Lots of times I will use a little mortar and pestle, and mash the garlic to a paste with a big pinch of coarse salt.

I also have a Garlic Twist--an acrylic thingie with teeth inside that mushes the garlic up quite well.


The Twist is quick and easy, and you can do a couple of cloves at a time. It seems to be indestructible, rinses clean and goes in the dishwasher.

I use a ton of garlic--if it says one clove, I add 5. (I live alone, ya know.)
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:45 AM   #18
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Lots of times I will use a little mortar and pestle, and mash the garlic to a paste with a big pinch of coarse salt.

I also have a Garlic Twist--an acrylic thingie with teeth inside that mushes the garlic up quite well.


The Twist is quick and easy, and you can do a couple of cloves at a time. It seems to be indestructible, rinses clean and goes in the dishwasher.
Mine is exactly like that except the teeth are blades. I wondered if the plastic ones worked as well, good to know they do. Since I have steel blades in mine it doesn't really mash it, but it does one fine job of mincing it. I hadn't thought of mashing it with coarse salt for paste....I should give that a shot!

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I use a ton of garlic--if it says one clove, I add 5. (I live alone, ya know.)
The first time I cooked something with fresh garlic I thought "one clove" was the whole bulb, so that's what I used. My husband and I both love garlic so, that's pretty much how I've cooked with it ever since.

Side story: Here in the Philippines we have a big problem with mosquitoes around my house and they sure love to bite me, no matter what I do. I asked a few other expats living here what they did and one of them recommended eating more garlic. I told him if I eat any more garlic I'll be keeping more than mosquitoes away.
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I use a ton of garlic--if it says one clove, I add 5. (I live alone, ya know.)
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:47 AM   #20
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My garlic press is the hammer outta my pickup tool box that I just wrap in clear wrap. Those press' are what you give your MIL, or SonIL......that's what my MIL thought of me anyway.
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