For this next installment of my How to Master Your Kitchen series, I am talking about a unitask tool, a tool that has only one purpose. Usually my tools in my kitchen are required to have more than one purpose but a garlic press is an exception. A garlic press is a quintessential kitchen item.
If you want to check out the other kitchen items I have previously talked about, you can read about a zester, food processor, dutch oven, stand mixer, a metal steamer, a peeler and a citrus juicer.
The garlic press I own is the bottom right one and it is a great kitchen tool.
A garlic press is exactly that a tool to press a garlic clove through to make into small pieces. You don't even need to peel the garlic clove, the peeler can handle it. Most of the garlic presses out there will have a matching grid to push through the holes to help remove the garlic peel. This allows the garlic press to be cleaned very easily, an important aspect of your kitchen tools.
Yes, I know that in the grocery store you can bought already diced or crushed garlic but do you know how long the garlic has been sitting in the shelve? I sure don't and if I can press garlic through a garlic press right before a recipe calls for it, then I prefer the freshest garlic. Don't you?
Other uses I have read for a garlic press is mashing small items like canned chipotles, olives, capers and anchovies. Does anyone use their garlic press for other uses besides the ones listed?