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Can anyone suggest a great garlic press?

nosey Aug 3, 2009 05:36 PM

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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    adjuncteater Aug 3, 2009 06:10 PM

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


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      jeff_in_redmond Aug 3, 2009 10:12 PM

      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
        sbp Aug 6, 2009 12:34 PM

        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.

      2. Paulustrious Aug 4, 2009 12:21 PM

        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
          Ernie Diamond Aug 4, 2009 12:26 PM

          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
            mattwarner Aug 13, 2009 03:51 PM

            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!

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            grant.cook Aug 4, 2009 01:39 PM

            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
              janniecooks Aug 5, 2009 05:32 AM

              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.

            2. Professor Salt Aug 4, 2009 01:53 PM

              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
                Robin Joy Aug 4, 2009 11:50 PM

                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.

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                  grnidkjun Aug 6, 2009 11:45 AM

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

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                  Greg in Chicago Aug 5, 2009 07:41 PM

                  The chef's knife is the way to go, because you can chop the garlic as finely or as coarsely as you like. The Microplane grater is a close second, quick and easy, but you the garlic will be minced very finely. Using the Cuisinart Mini-Prep is convenient also, if it yields a consistency that you like. I agree with everyone who suggested these approaches.

                  If you absolutely must have a garlic press, the Henckel that I bought 20 years ago is, in my opinion, the very best. It's sturdy, stainless, two-piece, but like all garlic presses, not the easiest to clean. Amazon.com's website says that they're having trouble getting these. If they have been discontinued, Wusthof makes one, I noticed while surfing the Web, that is almost identical, $40.

                  I've been happy with my Henckel, I use it once in a great while, but even when rushed, I tend to use the Microplane grater, because it yields a useful fine consistency. The grater is versatile, and can be used to grate cheese over pasta, as a zester, or for many other purposes.

                  If my Henckel garlic press disappeared, even though it's nice to have available, I would not buy another garlic press.

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                  1. re: Greg in Chicago
                    ios94 Aug 6, 2009 07:24 AM

                    I second the Henckel, I've had it for 9 years. The low quality ones would just break on me in the past. But yes a good knife is of course the best option, it really depends on how I need my garlic.

                    1. re: Greg in Chicago
                      sbp Aug 6, 2009 12:39 PM

                      Garlic behaves differently depending on how it is processed. Sliced garlic, minced garlic, pureed by chef's knife garlic and garlic press garlic are all different. You can approximate the true crushing and cell wall damage done by a garlic press using a chef's knife, some salt, and several minutes of chopping, pulling the flat blade over the minced pieces, gathering up, rechopping. But a press is handier when you want to release a lot of juice and have a pulpy mass of garlic.

                    2. absurdnerdbird Aug 7, 2009 09:56 AM

                      Glad you asked that question, as I used to have a Simplex garlic press that worked very well but it's been missing for a while. I found it online today, google simplex 8901. I gotta say most other garlic presses I've used are more trouble than they're worth, but this one worked great for me.

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                        huruta Aug 10, 2009 04:49 PM

                        I LOVE my Rosle garlic press. Its 18/10 stainless steel and pressing the garlic is so easy. So is the clean up. I have owned mine ~8 years and will probably have it for the rest of my life. I think the Kuhn Rikon, which I just recently saw, is very similar in design. You can flip out the press where the garlic goes through from the rest of the press and so easily clean it. The price tag at $30-40 isn't cheap, but it is so worth it.

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                          Nyleve Aug 11, 2009 07:52 AM

                          I love my Garlic Zoom!


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