Dear MLC, please recommend a garlic press and any other garlic related tools you love? My press is almost kaput, and I LOVE GARLIC! Thanks friend!
Ooh, garlic! Tasty, versatile—you really can’t go wrong with garlic, in my humble opinion.
We have had a garlic press for many years, and I do use it to crush garlic, occasionally, but I have to tell you the truth: usually, I just use my knife. Why?
I learned a technique watching Jacques Pépin years ago, and I have found that simply crushing garlic with my knife is almost as fast (if not faster) than using and cleaning my press, and I can get more precise results, too.
I could watch this video over and over, if only to hear him say, “aioli,” but that’s just me. You may just want to watch his stellar knife technique a few times, because it really is as easy as he demonstrates to make minced garlic with your knife and cutting board.
As Jacques describes, the finer you crush garlic, the more of the strong flavor you will taste. The classic, Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, may actually taste far sweeter and less biting than a simple stir fry using only one or two cloves of finely minced or pureed garlic. Because the forty cloves dish uses whole garlic, for which the essential oils have not been released, the flavor is subtle and sweet.
Learning how to use your knife to peel, slice, and mince garlic gives you every possibility for garlic flavor, from the mildness of whole garlic to the sharpness of the essential-oil soaked minced variety.
So, the good news is, when your garlic press finally presses its last clove, you need not buy anything new. Hooray!
If you do want a press, though—and yes, they can be handy sometimes—I tend to like the Oxo Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press (Affiliate Link.)
Another garlic must-have is a garlic keeper (Affiliate Link), which will extend the life of your cloves by keeping them in a dark, easily-accessible container with air holes. Air circulation ensures that your cloves won’t rot, which I promise you is a smell you want to avoid, if possible.
However you decide to chop up your garlic once you pull it from storage, make sure to let it sit at least 15 minutes after cutting it before throwing it in your dish for maximum health benefits. If you are like me, you’d eat garlic even if it wasn’t healthy for you, but since it is, you might as well maximize its benefits.
Hope these tips work for you, and thanks for your letter!
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