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Food on Fridays with Ann
My cooking frequently calls for fresh minced garlic. I’ve relied on garlic presses over the years, but they inevitably break. I’ve gone through three or four, maybe more. The hinge snaps or the screws pop off from the repeated stress of pushing that clove through holes.
So the last time my garlic press broke, I gave up. I said I was all done with garlic presses. Instead, I resolved to learn how to use my knife to mince cloves. Forget the garlic press. I’d go old-school.
But my husband didn’t give up so easily. He likes well-designed gadgets, so unbeknownst to me he headed off in search of a quality garlic press. A visit to a kitchen store turned up a high-end, German-designed garlic press (Rösle 12782 Garlic Press) that he brought home and presented with excitement and hope that I might have something that will allow me to mince with ease once more.
I tried it, and could not believe how with one squeeze of the handles, the entire clove smooshes through with very little waste. I could tell from the first press that the design was different and more effective, avoiding too much stress in a spot that couldn’t handle it.
I wish I knew enough about physics to explain why this works so well, but I’ll show you pictures and maybe they’ll speak for themselves to those who understand these things.
Stick a clove in the hole so that the flat metal surface will press against the hole-y metal piece. This minces the garlic. When you pull the handles together, the pressure is not, like most garlic presses, pulling on the screws and hinge.
It seems to distribute the stress somehow. This is what it looks like closed shut. The minced garlic, had I actually stuck a clove in it, would have squished through the holes. If you look close, you can see some remains on the edge.
To clean, you open it up again and swing the piece with holes out to conveniently scrape off the remaining garlic bits due to this easy access. You can get to both sides without having to reach a finger in and dig out the remains.
This well-designed garlic press is not a cheap contraption, and I sure don’t deserve something so nice. But its ease of use has supported and simplified my culinary creativity. I love it, and if we had a fire and I knew my family, pets, computer, and photo albums were safe, I daresay I might run back in for it.
What’s one of your favorite kitchen gadgets?
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