If you’re like me, you enjoy cooking with the freshest foods that you can, and this includes using fresh garlic cloves. I have been using fresh minced garlic for many years now, but I always hated trying to peel and mince the garlic.
For a long time, I just used the prepackaged minced garlic that you can buy in the spice section at the grocery store. It still added some of the garlic flavor to our meals, but it just wasn’t the same.
So I started buying the fresh heads of garlic from the produce section and using that. I learned a few things:
- Fresh garlic tastes so much better.
- Fresh garlic is stronger and requires less than the dried spice.
- Peeling and mincing fresh garlic is annoying and time-consuming.
Trying to peel garlic is never easy. There are so many little layers to peel off of each individual clove of garlic, and then it leaves your hands smelling for hours later. Once that is done, there’s actually mincing the garlic. Have you tried that with just a knife? It isn’t easy.
Once that is done, there’s actually mincing the garlic. Have you tried that with just a knife? It isn’t easy. It’s so small that I am always worried about mincing my fingers in the process. It also was never easy to get the garlic close to the same size, and we would sometimes end up biting into a large chunk of it. Have you done that? It’s not pleasant.
Although it wasn’t always easy, I still did this for a while because we preferred the taste of the fresh garlic over the dried seasoning.
About 2 1/2 years ago, I heard about a garlic press, and I was intrigued. I started doing just a little bit of research (mostly looking through the reviews on Amazon) and it seemed to be the answer to my garlicky prayers! So of course, I ordered it right away.
Let me tell you, this thing is AMAZING!
Having a garlic press saves me so much time in the kitchen, and frustration, and potential injuries. It’s so easy to use.
- Pull the garlic cloves apart from the head of garlic.
- Put each one in the garlic press separately, peel and all, and squeeze.
- Use a knife to scrape the minced garlic off the edge.
- If the clove is too large for the press, I sometimes have to cut it in half, but otherwise, I don’t have to do much else.
- I use a knife again to easily get the peel out of the press to use again.
The one that I have, the AYL Best Garlic Press also comes with a cleaning brush. Some of the areas are a little small and hard to get a regular cleaning brush into, so it’s great to have one designed for the size and shape of the press. Even better, it’s dishwasher safe! I’ve never actually put mine in the dishwasher, I don’t like to put any of my cooking tools and gadgets in there, but many people in the reviews say they have with no problems.
And what’s great is this works for more than just garlic. I’ve used this to mince ginger as well. It’s a little harder because the ginger is denser than the garlic, but it still works just the same. I just noticed I have to cut the ginger into smaller pieces, but it still works just the same.