I go through a lot of garlic, how about you?
While it’s certainly possible to mince garlic with a knife, and crush it with the side of a knife, I find it so much faster to run the cloves through my garlic press when I make salad dressing or do anything else calling for garlic (such as in Spaghetti Squash Bolognese or Scarborough Fair Veal Burgers). I used to have one of those metal presses with a hinge. I find the garlic squishes out the side of those. This plastic screw type shown above is so much better! You put the peeled cloves in the tube, and the put the plunger in and turn the screw. All the garlic stays neatly inside and is forced out the perforated end in a nice neat even crushed mince.
To me the one drawback is that since it is plastic, it is not quite as hard-wearing as the metal type. After a while, I broke the perforated end of my first one because after peeling the cloves, I didn’t cut off the hard ends where they attach to the bottom of the bulb and over time I guess forcing those hard bits through weakened the plastic. But now I always cut off the ends and my second press has lasted many years so far.
I searched for
a long time trying to find who sells this press since I’d forgotten where I got it. I wanted to recommend it to others, plus know where to get another if/when my second one breaks! Internet searches never turned it up–I went through dozens of listings and image searches. Happily, I was cleaning out some paper files I saved and rediscovered a catalog I’d saved from Hosgood’s garlic products (dated 2002!). There was my garlic press pictured in the catalog! So there, boyfriend, THAT’s why I save all that paper! The web address listed redirected automatically to Silver Leaf International, who, it turns out, bought them out a few years back.
A customer service rep told me that they don’t make my exact press anymore, but they do sell a similar version made by Turn-It. It’s made in the USA, and dishwasher safe–although I always clean mine by hand (only takes a moment) since I find I usually need to pick out a little garlic debris with the tip of a knife and I’m not sure if that would come out in the dishwasher. In theory you can crush out some garlic, and then leave the rest of the cloves inside the tool and put it in the fridge with the rubber cap on the end. If you do this I would use it up in the next day or two. I used to do this, but I found that over time the garlic will eat away at the plastic, more so the longer it’s in contact. So I much prefer to just use it and wash it right away, and not store garlic inside.
Turn-It only sells wholesale, and after going through all the retailers they list on their site, I found that Silver Leaf International has the best price. They are currently selling it on clearance for only $13 (regularly $16). I actually just bought several
because if mine breaks I want to have more than one backup, that’s how much I like this tool. Let’s all buy one from them and maybe they won’t discontinue selling it!
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