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I had never used a garlic press until about three weeks ago.
I bought one from Pampered Chef, because, well, it helped raise money for my MOPS group and I’ve always heard they are great. It’s pretty much exactly the same as that one pictured from Progressive International, which is under $10 on Amazon. So I probably way overpaid for my PC one. Oh well.
Until recently, I’ve used three different methods to get minced garlic. One, buy the jars of preminced garlic. These are certainly convenient, but the garlic loses a lot of its oomph. Two, try to mince it using my big knife, usually ending in an uneven, chunky mess. And three, use my microplane zester, which makes a great minced garlic but often results in my finger being grated.
So you will understand why it felt like I heard angels singing the first time I used a garlic press. I always thought they were incredibly difficult to clean, but mine even has an attached tool for getting the garlic off and then cleaning it thoroughly. It’s really, really simple. And leaves me to wonder what other kitchen tools I am missing out on? I wrote about a few of those things I can’t live without now.
Time for your opinions: what are your favorite little kitchen tools? And do you use a garlic press? Have I been in the Dark Ages about this one?