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Aug 3, 2009 05:36 PM

Can anyone suggest a great garlic press?

We get so little garlic through the holes of the press we have that I just end up chopping what is left in the press. Would love to find something that really works.

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  1. I like the OXO Garlic Press that's on sale and Crate & Barrel or Amazon.

    1. Man, I'll say I can. It's the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press. I was sick of buying a poorly designed garlic press every year or two. They either break, are difficult to clean, oxidize from the dishwasher (aluminum ones) or just don't have the balls to do the job.

      I've had the Kuhn RIkon for about six months. It's STAINLESS STEEL, so you it goes in the dishwasher, has a clever basket design that is easy to clean, and has some SERIOUS leverage that pulverizes garlic without much efffort. YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO PEEL THE GARLIC IF YOU'RE LAZY!!

      It costs about $30 on Amazon, but I'll be able to use this garlic press for all time and eternity.

      Hope that helps!! Jeff.

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      1. re: jeff_in_redmond

        I also have this, after the top-rated by CI Zyliss developed peeling of the finish where the garlic comes through (noted by CI in a follow up, but too late for me; yuck).

        The Kuhn Rikon is worth the extra couple of bucks.

        1. re: jeff_in_redmond

          I also have this and strongly recommend it. Amazing press.

        2. Use a microplane grater. Does a better job than any press I've used. And you don't even have to remove the skin, just the 'flat' end.

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          1. re: Paulustrious

            Second on the Microplane. If you have to have a gadget, this one will at least be able to perform other kitchen tasks. A garlic press is a single use waste of money and kitchen space. And to Paulustrious' point, the results from the microplane are much much better.

            1. re: Paulustrious

              Does the skin not run through the grater, or does it just pulverize enough that it doesn't matter? I'd never thought about using the microplane, but I'm going to try it. I hate cleaning my press!

            2. Frankly, yes... its called a big chef's knife. Just whap it with the side of the blade, pull off the skin, and dice up. My garlic press gathers dust..

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              1. re: grant.cook

                Second the big ol' chef's knife. I've found that when using a garlic press it is still necessary to use a knife to remove the skin and ends before pressing, to scrape/cut off the pressed garlic from the outside of the press, or to remove the remains in the press and chop them up. The garlic press is just a redundant useless tool that takes more effort and cleanup than using a knife. Which I'm also usually using for other things. See no reason to introduce a single-function tool into the prep process.

                1. re: janniecooks

                  I agree. And if you really need to pulverize it, throw some sea salt on it, and grind it with the side of your knife. Makes a lovely mush.

              2. The Susi garlic press made by Zyliss. There's a Susi 2 now, but I haven't had a reason to buy it because mine has served me well for a couple decades now. It's easy to use and to clean.


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                1. re: Professor Salt

                  Second the Zyliss, except that after about 10 years the Teflon (?) coating inside has rather been worn away by the plunger, exposing the aluminium. Still works brilliantly and dishwashes well, though.

                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    I've had this one for over 5 years as well and it still works like a champ.