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Dec 23, 2006 03:21 PM

Garlic Press

I'm thinking of buying a garlic press. I've never used one but I've seen them used. I have a friend that has one, but says they don't work well. Any thoughts?

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  1. I just recently bought one and I love it. It is made by kitchen aid. I had one previously that did not work well, but this one definitely works well.

    1. Like all kitchen appliances, there are good and bad garlic presses. Buy the one from Rosle--it's the best.

      1. Swiss-made Zyliss. Works great. Moderate price. Even comes with a little cleaner for the holes.
        If you are in a hurry, it will press cloves that have not been peeled. Terrific!
        Oxo is so-so.

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        1. re: MakingSense

          I've had many, best one really is the Zyliss. If you use lots of garlic, get the larger one.

          1. re: jackie de

            Absolutely the Zyless also known as Susi.

          1. re: Stack8

            Yes...large Zyliss....according to Cooks Illustrated...

          2. I've never met a garlic press that didn't just make a mess.

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            1. re: revsharkie

              The Susi by Zyliss is near perfect,design-wise. The only problem is that I'm told the old school cast aluminum Susi they made for decades is out of production, replaced with an ABS plastic model.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I just had my original Susi replaced after 30+ years. At the time I bought it, it had a lifetime guarantee. But now it's only a 5 year guarantee. Nevertheless, I wrote to Zyliss in Irvine and they told me to send it back and they'd replace it free of charge. The only problem I had was that the new replacement was brushed aluminum and not as sturdy as the original casted version. Still an excellent press but I have a feeling it won't last another 30+ years. Oh well, you can't have everything! My mom still has one that is over 50 years old from when I was a little kid. Zyliss is still the best.

              2. re: revsharkie

                I'll second that. A garlic press is a waste of money (and a waste of valuable storage space in your kitchen). They're a pain to clean, and they're barely faster than doing it with a knife.

                Get a good knife, and get someone who is comfortable with it to show you how to chop garlic properly, and you'll be a lot happier.

                1. re: greglor

                  'waist of time and space? But garlic presses are so small and , honestly i don't know how fast you are with a knife, it takes ME much longer to chop little pieces of garlic with a knife. WIth my press, it takes me literally less than 10 seconds to turn up to 3 cloves into finely minced pieces, with very very little effort. Chopping garlic with a knife is so 1800's!