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Anyone use one of these? Made by Joseph Joseph. Let's skip the "I just use a knife comments please."

http://www.josephjoseph.com/kitchen-t...

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  1. We sell these where I work and see a good number of returns. Haven't used one personally.

    1. I have not used it. In my opinion, it looks like a bad design compared to the alternatives. It is slow.... just look at the video to see how long it took to produce the crashed garlic. It is inefficient, for a lot of the garlic is left in the holes. It requires prep work, as you have to take the garlic skin off first before using it. It is also expensive for something this simple -- $15?

      1. The best kitchen gadget I have for mimicking crushed garlic is a microplane. The most convenient would be a garlic press, often you can press the garlic with the skin on. I know finding a good garlic press is difficult, so I haven't bothered to get one. I don't mind taking the skin off, its never been a problem for me, I just cut the bottom off, give it a bit of a press which loosens the skin all around, and it usually comes off without any trouble at all.

        Once you've got the skin off I would personally prefer a microplane. A microplane is probably faster, it gets the garlic very fine, and can be used for a heck of a lot more then garlic.

        http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-3500...

        is what I have and use and love, I use it for garlic, ginger, wasabi, horseradish, parmegiano, and have used it for much more, chocolate, cinnamon, any other hard cheese, nutmeg, etc.

        http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-4002...

        would also be fine.

        I don't like single use gadgets personally.

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        1. re: TeRReT

          YES -- I discovered this a couple of weeks ago when I was in a hurry, and had the microplane in my hand after zesting a couple of lemons.

          It's AWESOME -- very fine, consistent texture, with hardly any work at all.

          I also hate unitaskers -- though I will confess to owning one of those silicone tubes for peeling garlic -- because it sure make the job fast and easy (and because it's silicone, I can cram it into just about any available space)

        2. I'm a huge fan of the garlic press recommended by Cooks Illustrated. I literally use it daily (LOVE garlic)
          http://www.amazon.com/Trudeau-099-685...

          1. I visualize garlic cloves squirting away like watermelon seeds... Bad words learned by children of tender age... "WTF?" from progeny at estate sales...

            1. I agree with the other posters, especially Chemicalkinetics and TeRReT. It doesn't look like an effective design at all.

              If you want a tool to make crushed/minced garlc, go far a microplane or a garlic press. I, too, use the microplane most often when I want the pulpy product that I (personally) cannot get from using a knife.

              Also, the lady in the video smelling her hands gave me the creeps for some reason.

              1. I just use a knife.

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                1. re: kengk

                  Ha ha ha.

                2. Just a word on other products from the same manufacturer, Joseph Joseph. It's my impression, based on limited use of a few products that were gifted to me, that they're more about looks than functionality.

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                  1. re: CindyJ

                    The video looked mildly pornographic to me!

                    1. re: queenscook

                      <mildly pornographic>

                      Oh if you get "excited" from crushing garlic with that strange tool. I, on the other hand, fell into depression.

                  2. Seeing this thread made me remember that I'd bought one of these things a while ago. I'd never used it and had just tossed it into a kitchen drawer. So I pulled it out and used it tonight.

                    I usually use a Microplane or a Zwilling Twin Select garlic press (or I just use a knife), but I have to confess that I kind of like this Joseph Joseph gadget. The holes have sharp edges on the underside, so the garlic doesn't tend to slip away to the sides. What I like about it is that it produces much larger pieces of garlic than a grater or press, maybe 2-3 mm on a side, each shaped sort of like the end of the eraser on a Rotring mechanical pencil. I didn't find it particularly difficult to get most of the garlic out of the holes, and it was quite easy to clean.

                    The garlic rocker won't replace my Microplane or Zwilling garlic press, but I'll probably keep it around for those times that I want more coarsely textured garlic.

                    PS. The Zwilling Twin Select garlic press is the only one I've ever found that I really enjoy using -- and I have a whole bunch of other models in a "reject box" in the closet. As I recall, someone here at CH recommended it a while back. I strongly second the recommendation.

                     
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                    1. re: tanuki soup

                      I have one and think it is far superior to any garlic crusher I have used before. I have bought loads of presses over the years and I have been dissatisfied with all of them, so maybe I am starting from low expectations however! It's not the same as grating, sure, but sometimes you want a different consistency to what you get with a mircoplane or a knife - as TS says, a coarser consistency, although you can go over it more than once to make it finer. I find it so much easier to clean than a traditional garlic press - though maybe I will check out the Zwilling to see if it is an improvement.

                      1. re: alisonk

                        +1 on the microplane!!

                    2. Sam Fujisaka was a big believer of the metal grater plates. They give a different consistency than the microplane graters, but not necessary in a bad way, just different. I can see two advantages. First, these plate graters are much easier to clean. Second, you are less likely to hurt yourself with them. Here is Sam's response regarding ginger graters:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6891...

                      Here are some ceramic grater plates.

                      http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/52...

                      http://www.amazon.com/IMCG-Ceramic-Gr...

                      There seem to be plenty of good alternatives as I have mentioned earlier. Bottomline, the garlic rocker just does not look like an attractive choice.

                      1. I use it and love it. I found after breaking yet another standard press and wanted something with less or no moving parts. Depending on what I am making, I will also use a knife, a microplane and a press that does slices. The rocker is solid, makes pieces of garlic all the same size for even cooking and very easy to clean, just poke a brush through the holes under running water and those holes are a lot easier to access than the vast majority of other presses out there. The slowness of the presentation video is silly really, you can go as fast as you want. I wish ziggylu would have said why people are returning them to the store.