My favorite garlic crusher


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/28/my-favorite-garlic-crusher.html


#2

But garlic hands keep the vampires away!


#3

Those rocker ones are nice, but nothing beats a hydraulic press in the kitchen for crushing garlic.


#4

I use a knife, which is convenient because I already own a knife. Plus when I have to clean up, I probably already needed to clean up a knife. Kitchen gadgets would be better if they were all self cleaning and took up zero space in my cabinets.


#5

“wash”?

I use the side of a knife to crush garlic, too. It’s one of those tasks that really isn’t improved by a gadget, IMO.


#6

I prefer the one with the custom garlic shotgun rounds. Or the one where they pour hot garlic into a fish tank.


#7

True. Since I started to use a garlic press I have been bitten by zero (0) vampires.


#8

I’ve found nothing beats a medium-fine microplane grater. Everything else doesn’t quite shred it properly (except for a blender, which is just a pain to wash up).


#9

hmmmm…read the amazon reviews folks.
but hey, men and women can use it easily… O_o


#10

Finally, a kitchen tool that men can use despite their sausage fingers and ham fists.


#11

So, I have one of these. About the worst thing I can say about it is that garlic likes to get stuck in the openings (and therefore needs to be rinsed away).

That being said, a good microplane rasp grater is my go-to now for garlic. I peel, grab the wood end and grate them. Takes seconds.

Weapon of choice:


#12

I change garlic mashing methods depending on my mood and / or the number of cloves:

  • 1 clove – microplane. Any more than that, the finger-tip skin + leftover garlic decision ratio becomes wasteful.
  • 1 clove for salad dressing – mash with a fork and some salt.
  • 2-3 cloves – smash with knife and mince.
  • 4-5 cloves – use my regular old school garlic press.
  • 6-100 cloves – food processor.

#13

But why use a multitasker like a good old-fashioned knife when you can have a crapgadget for every job?


#14

that’s probably fair. I haven’t needed to do that many cloves outside culinary school, but definitely if I needed to do many cloves, and it wasn’t important to puree them, then the post’s tool would be pretty effective, actually.

Oh, so, so many close calls. I started learning to leave the wood end on just for that reason.


#15

Pah! Sharp knife, and watch your fingers.


#16

I’m glad. Last time I used a garlic press, I crushed something that wasn’t garlic :scream:


#17

It’s very useful in case the vampires attack.


#18

Mark Frauenfelder’s house must be filled with the most amazing collection of nearly useless gadgets ever.


#19

I vote for a video tour of his gadget collection someday :smiley:

This particular gadget is far from useless though, certainly easier to clean than a traditional press.


#20

Perhaps not useless, but unnecessary. The garlic press itself is not needed when there is a knife. A knife can crush garlic, it can also mince and slice.