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Kuhn Ricon garlic press

John Francis Nov 3, 2012 08:50 PM

Cooks Illustrated recommends this, so when I needed a new garlic press, it's what I bought. When it arrived, it was made mainly of plastic and looked very flimsy, and the first time I used it to mince some unpeeled garlic, it broke in my hand.

Turns out Kuhn Ricon makes two models. The one I bought, the Easy-Squeeze Garlic Press, retails for $20. CI's recommendation is for the Epicurean Garlic Press, which is made of metal and costs twice as much.

It's my fault for not paying enough close enough attention and buying the wrong model. Don't make the same mistake! But it's also Kuhn Ricon's fault for making such a flimsy tool in the first place.

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    escondido123 Nov 3, 2012 08:54 PM

    Garlic presses are an unnecessary tool. If you want to be able to finely slice and puree garlic, I would recommend the Garlic Mandoline. Here's one place I found it online:


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    1. re: escondido123
      FishTales Nov 3, 2012 09:02 PM

      Why not an Oxo garlic press? Ours has been good for years of use many times a week.One squeeze & done.


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        John Francis Nov 3, 2012 09:10 PM

        I'm sure your press works fine for you, but since you asked why not, according to Cooks Illustrated, both OXO models are not recommended.

        The Steel 58181 Garlic Press: Plunger couldn’t be fully depressed to bottom of hopper. “Inefficient,” complained testers. Flip-handled model cleaned up easily. Testers deemed the sieve holes too large, producing “coarse,” “chunky” pieces.

        The Good Grips 28181 Garlic Press: Plunger couldn’t quite get to the bottom of the hopper, leaving some garlic unprocessed. Couldn’t handle unpeeled cloves. Traditional flip-handled model rinsed out easily. Handles were comfortable and easy to press.

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          Chemicalkinetics Nov 3, 2012 11:49 PM

          <according to Cooks Illustrated, both OXO models are not recommended. >

          I have the SteeL OXO garlic press.


          It is my only garlic press so I have no good comparison. It works, but it also feel much can be improved. The sieve holes are indeed large, producing coarser garlic mash. So I think the Cooks Illustrated descriptions are not too far off this time.

          1. re: John Francis
            Coogles Nov 5, 2012 10:04 AM

            I had an Oxo garlic press for years before replacing it with the Kuhn Ricon Epicurean model. In my experience the Epicurean is much easier to squeeze, to clean and pushes more of the garlic through than the Oxo.

          2. re: FishTales
            escondido123 Nov 5, 2012 07:47 AM

            The Mandoline allows me to slice and puree garlic--and I frequently slice a lot. And since you have to peel the garlic anyway I don't see any advantage to having a separate press.

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              CanadaGirl Nov 5, 2012 09:36 AM

              The Kuhn Rikon actually works very well on unpeeled cloves.

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                escondido123 Nov 5, 2012 09:45 AM

                As I posted below, there are usually a clove or two in every head of garlic with some "bad" spot so I always peel mine first to be sure they are fine. Wouldn't want a rotten spot in my food.

                1. re: escondido123
                  CanadaGirl Nov 5, 2012 10:45 AM

                  I sometimes do peel, but I very rarely find any troublesome spots inside that we're not visible from the outside. Certainly not on most heads. It maybe we have different definitions of a troublesome spot :)

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                    escondido123 Nov 5, 2012 11:19 AM

                    If it's a brown spot, I consider it troublesome enough not to eat and I usually can't see those until the white peel is off.

            2. re: FishTales
              Entore Nov 18, 2012 08:04 AM

              I have the Oxo garlic press for many years. I was happy with it until recently I noticed that the finiish on the inside of the "holes" where the garlic is squeezed through seems to have come off or is discolored. I would not say that I used this press a lot since I often find that it is simpler to just use a knief and chopping board. Maybe not all parts of the press is stainless steel. I think I will be replacing this press. Does anyone else who uses the Oxo press notice the same problem? Thanks to the OP for posting. I was trying to decide which press to get.

            3. re: escondido123
              John Francis Nov 3, 2012 09:03 PM

              Thanks for the suggestion, but a garlic press minces garlic the way I like, and when I want to slice garlic (not often), I use a knife.

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              greymalkin Nov 4, 2012 02:19 AM

              Had to reply as I love my Kuhn Rikon Epicurean. I'm so sorry you had the plastic one! It sounds terrible.

              I use a lot of garlic in my cooking and it's fabulous to be able to crush some unpeeled garlic straight into the pan without dirtying up a knife and cutting board. Not having to peel the cloves is what really won my heart. I'm not super-strong either so you don't have to have the hand strength of a gorilla to use it. I don't know what it is that makes it so much better. It's a very simple design and it looks very much like every other metal garlic press I've ever used but it works really nicely. Cleans up pretty easy too because the crush grate swings out separately so it's easy to remove the bits of crushed skin and fibrous bits.

              I had the Oxo and it would get gummed up, would crush instead of mince, and was never able to handle an unpeeled clove without so much coaxing or preslicing into smaller chunks that I just ended up using a knife.

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              1. re: greymalkin
                John Francis Nov 5, 2012 05:11 AM

                Thanks to everyone for the comments on the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean. I was thinking of getting it, and now I will.

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                rasputina Nov 4, 2012 08:19 AM

                I really like my Kuhn Rikon Epicurean. Prior to getting it a couple years ago I hadn't owned a garlic press in years. I like being able to just crush the garlic straight into the pan even without peeling nor needing to break out the cutting board.

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                  CanadaGirl Nov 4, 2012 08:47 AM

                  I have the Kihn Rikon metal one too; it is fantastic.

                  1. Lotsofscots Nov 5, 2012 07:18 AM

                    It sounds like you got a faulty one. I have one of the Easy-Squeeze plastic handled models and it has worked like a champ for a couple of years now. I do wash it only by hand - I remain cautious that the plastic will degrade if it is washed in the dishwasher too often. I love this garlic press - it does an excellent job of evenly mincing the garlic and is extremely easy to clean.

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                    1. re: Lotsofscots
                      John Francis Nov 5, 2012 10:40 AM

                      I didn't get to the point of washing the Easy-Squeeze - it broke in my hand the first time I used it.

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                      escondido123 Nov 5, 2012 07:50 AM

                      I noticed people saying they put in garlic without peeling it. I would say about 10% of the time, there is some kind of bad spot on a garlic clove which doesn't show up until I peel it. Wouldn't want that to go into any dish I was cooking.

                      1. Becca Porter Nov 5, 2012 09:00 AM

                        I highly recommend the garlic twist. http://www.amazon.com/NexTrend-GARLIC...

                        It gets much closer to a true mince than a press does. Harder to break too.

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                        1. re: Becca Porter
                          sr44 Nov 5, 2012 11:00 AM

                          Yes. That works well with multiple cloves as well. My only problem is getting it started. It can take a mighty squeeze, but once underway, it works well.

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                            annfaulkner Nov 5, 2012 11:13 AM

                            OP, I have never used a garlic press..I just use a knife and cutting board.

                        2. Ruth Lafler Nov 12, 2012 12:41 PM

                          I've been using the same Zyliss for 30 years: http://homecooking.about.com/cs/produ...

                          No peeling needed. If you crush with the peel on, it's much easier to clean, and if not, that's what old toothbrushes are for, right?

                          No one has mentioned a mortar and pestle, which is what I use for pureed garlic: put the cloves in unpeeled, whack a couple of times to loosen the skins, remove the skins and pound them into paste (even easier if you add a pinch of salt). Especially great for making garlic butter: just add some diced butter (no need to soften, it will soften during pounding).

                          1. Locutus Nov 13, 2012 06:23 AM

                            i use the oXo mini chopper. i have had it for years now and its awesome. i dont like crushers as it seperates the pulp from the juice


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                            1. re: Locutus
                              Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2012 03:52 PM

                              Snap Chop

                            2. juliejulez Nov 14, 2012 03:44 PM

                              Another vote for the Epicurean. I love mine. I was without it for about 4 months because my stuff was in storage, and I had to use my BF's crappy one. Once I unpacked mine I was so happy to see it :)

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                              1. re: juliejulez
                                Ruth Lafler Nov 14, 2012 03:56 PM

                                I just don't see spending more than twice as much (as for the Zyliss) for a garlic press.

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                                  John Francis Nov 16, 2012 12:03 AM

                                  The Zyliss garlic press used to be an America's Test Kitchen top choice, until they noticed that its nonstick finish was peeling around the hopper, not a good thing for the business end of a food processing tool. It's now "recommended with reservations."

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                                    Ruth Lafler Nov 16, 2012 10:12 AM

                                    Mine doesn't have a nonstick finish -- just plain cast aluminum. I guess it's an older model.

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                                      John Francis Nov 16, 2012 10:53 AM

                                      I got my Zyliss Susi 2-3 years ago, and yes, the finish was wearing off, though I didn't see it actually peel. Probably could have stayed with it but the Kuhn Rikon design looked better. Maybe it is, but since the plastic broke in my hand, I couldn't say one way or another.

                                2. re: juliejulez
                                  Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2012 04:01 PM

                                  Man, it is expensive, but then it also looks like it builds like a tank.

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                                    rasputina Nov 14, 2012 07:09 PM

                                    It is built like a tank. I don't expect to ever need to replace it, as long as I don't lose it in a move or something.

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