Given my fervent and long standing anti-junk stance I’d convinced myself that a garlic press was the stuff of nonsense. They existed yes, but obviously only for wimps or those with puny knife skills. “But I don’t want to smell like garlic”, people would tell me. Me? I’d happily slather myself up in the stuff daily if society we’re o.k. with that kinda of behavior; eau de garlic. I’m firmly in the camp of there is no such thing as too much garlic.
But every so often I have a moment of madness – see: buying random things on Amazon just, well, because – and decided to buy the OXO Good Grips Garlic Press. I’ve bought a few of the OXO brand kitchen items before and been impressed too. With some Amazon credit burning a hole in my pocket from Christmas, what the heck.
Wow. Am I glad I did. Just like my previous OXO purchases, it possesses the same solid construction that let’s you know it won’t disintegrate during your tenth gleeful crush-o-rama. Sure you pay a couple bucks more than some of the cheapo brands, but you can literally see and feel the build difference. It feels weighty and powerful in the hand, like the Thor’s hammer of garlic destruction.
You’ll still have to peel your garlic cloves first, but with that complete, the press can happily fit in 2-4 cloves at a time. From there, you’ll need to exert some moderate force to start smushing. You’ll be rewarded with wonderfully minced garlic – and for you even more delicate than me types – little to no garlic residue on your skin. For me, the first huge revelation was the time saved in mincing by hand. There’s also something especially therapeutic about crushing away your day’s troubles too.Next up, and the portion of the process I thought would suck, the cleaning. The OXO Good Grips Garlic Press makes this a breeze. You simply flip the handles into reverse, where a rubber patch of “pointy bits” neatly matches the garlic extrusion holes. Bash the thing back and forth to release any stuck garlic bits, give it a 5 second rinse under the tap and throw it in the dishwasher – boom, done. After a standard wash cycle there’s not a hint of trace garlic smell in the slightest. To say I was stunned is an understatement, I thought the thing would need its own separate decommissioned nuclear silo, but no, a standard kitchen drawer will suffice.
A huge thumbs up from me for this product; it’s now secured pride of place in my spartan kitchen line up. Certainly its a must for anyone who loves more garlic than is reasonably sensible; and looks at the dried and powdered stuff with the kind of derisory look normally reserved for parking tickets.
Check out the OXO Good Grips Garlic Press on Amazon.
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