The title of this post comes from an embarrassing-but-funny story from one of my colleagues that involves a man smelling garlic on her breath through a glass window barrier at a convenience store.
We do like garlic, and we were disappointed when we found that our garlic press had been lost in the move. Because we use garlic on a regular basis in our cooking, I wanted a garlic press that would perform well. Our old garlic press was okay, but it often left part of the garlic clove unminced.
According to Cooks Illustrated, a quality garlic press produces fine, uniform pieces. It is comfortable to use, solidly built, and pushes the garlic completely through the sieve. The two “recommended” garlic presses were both made by Kuhn Rikon. The Kuhn Rikon Easy-Squeeze garlic press was favored for its ergonomic design and the consistency of the garlic. The other favorite, the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean garlic press, is an all-stainless steel, easy-cleaning powerhouse of a garlic press.
We chose the Easy-Squeeze due to its smaller price point. We chose black, but it also comes in red and lime green. The curved plastic handles are very easy to squeeze together, making pressing garlic a breeze. Cooks Illustrated noted that the garlic sometimes oozed out of the sides of the press—something that I have noticed, but it does not bother me. This has become a staple in our kitchen and was a great buy.
We were not paid or perk’d for this post; we just love sharing our enthusiasm for kitchen tools.