Garlic Presses – garlic preparation made easier
What is a garlic press?
A garlic press is used to press raw garlic through tiny pores to create minced garlic. Using a garlic press can save you a lot of time instead of having to carefully mince each garlic clove with a knife.
What is the best material for a garlic press?
The ideal material for garlic presses generally relies on personal choice and what you are looking for in a garlic press. The following list of typical materials for garlic presses, along with some of their advantages:
Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a preferred material for garlic presses due to its strength, simplicity of cleaning, and lack of food reaction. It is also rust-resistant and dishwasher-safe.
Aluminium: Aluminium is non-reactive with food, lightweight, and rust-resistant. It can be anodised for increased durability and is often less costly than stainless steel.
Plastic: Plastic garlic presses are lightweight and typically less expensive than other materials. They come in a range of colours and are very simple to clean.
Do garlic presses actually work?
Yes, a garlic press does all the work for you. It presses raw garlic through tiny pores to produce minced garlic. Garlic cloves don't even need to be peeled before being crushed in a garlic press.
Is it better to chop garlic or use a garlic press?
The answer to this question relies on your particular preferences and the dish you are preparing.
When chopping or slicing garlic with a knife, such as chef's knife or Santoku knife, you can regulate the size of the pieces and add texture to your dishe, which is an advantage. You can also improve your knife skills by manually chopping garlic as well.
On the other hand, using a garlic press is quicker and easier (especially if you use a lot of garlic), and it yields a finer mince that can be used more uniformly throughout a recipe. If you're preparing a sauce or spread or seeking a more subdued garlic flavour, this might be incredibly useful.
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