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Best Garlic Press Ever Made [Jun. 28th, 2006|04:06 pm]
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The Rösle Garlic Press (Amazon link)

It reliably crushes even two cloves at once. You don't have to keep cleaning it as you use it. And when you're done, you swing out the grate and put it under the tap and rinse it off, done. None of that "is all the garlic out yet?" stuff, and it doesn't have one of those plastic "cleaner" thingies that will promptly get lost. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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[User Picture]From: kiteflier98
2006-06-29 12:12 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful-looking tool. I'll have to put it on my wish list.
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[User Picture]From: mrhinelander
2006-06-29 12:24 am (UTC)

heads UP!

substytutte says: Current Mood: hot

Sweaty man pressing garlic!!
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[User Picture]From: handstil
2006-06-29 12:38 am (UTC)
pretty pretty garlic press.
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[User Picture]From: cascadefailure
2006-06-29 12:39 am (UTC)

Oooh...shiney!

I have a really old one that looks very similar to that, but when you're finished, you flip it...inside out (so the 2 handles are back to back) and there is a bumpy surface that lines up with the holes, pushing any stuck stuff back through. This makes cleaning very easy.
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[User Picture]From: thesquirrelfish
2006-06-29 12:58 am (UTC)

Re: Oooh...shiney!

yeah I use one like that, but not old, with the matching grate & bump space.
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[User Picture]From: hweimei
2006-06-29 02:15 am (UTC)
I just chop up all my garlic with a big old knife.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-06-29 06:38 am (UTC)
I am no good at chopping.
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[User Picture]From: brianenigma
2006-06-29 03:03 am (UTC)
We have a very similar garlic press. I have to say that, while I did not realize this before, I now know that a removable grate is absolutely essential in a garlic press.
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[User Picture]From: gcrumb
2006-06-29 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm still convinced that the definitive way to prepare garlic is to smack it once or twice under the side of an 8" or better chef's knife, peel off the skin, lop off the bottom and then use said knife to mince it finely.

Admittedly, I've not used this particular press, but having prepared about 48,721[*] cloves of garlic on my 10 years of restaurant work, I never found a press that was more efficient or effective than a good chef's knife.


[*] Approximately
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[User Picture]From: mendel
2006-06-29 04:18 am (UTC)
Ah, but you didn't have technology! I don't have a twistything yet, but our old reliable garlic press recently suffered catastrophic failure from metal fatigue, and I've heard very good things about these.

Mincing garlic is firmly in the category of things one should be able to do but then can freely avoid.
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[User Picture]From: gcrumb
2006-06-29 05:52 am (UTC)
You mean sort of like doing that half-chinup gesture some guys do when they pass an overhead bar that is intended to suggest 'I could do twenty, but I'm a little busy right now...'? 8^)

IME, mincing garlic and dicing onions with a proper chef's knife is a *great* way to impress... those whom one wants to impress. Provided of course that one finishes with the same number of fingers as one started with.

It's true, actually. I'm a kitchen luddite.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-06-29 06:39 am (UTC)
My coordination at the level for "chopping" sucks, and I do it poorly. Also, I am impatient. I use a variety of tools for chopping including a mandoline and a food processor.

Being a luddite is easier when you're good at the task with simple tools. Technology means anyone can do the job.
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[User Picture]From: oohahh
2006-06-29 09:49 pm (UTC)
I bought said Twisty-Thing. It's my favorite kitchen item after the knives.
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From: rroseselavyoui
2006-06-29 04:45 am (UTC)
You are becoming my Go-to Guy for Gormet Gadgetry!
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