Garlic Twist

We’ve always used a standard, run-of-the-mill garlic press, probably just because it was what was in the drawer. It only used half the clove. It was a pain to clean. And stinky hands were hard to avoid. It’s a device whose engineering is outdated.

We were downtown recently, just having finished brunch, and decided to walk around the square. Just a couple of doors down we have a cute little kitchen store. It’s always a fun place to cruise, and as I’m checking out, with a brand-spanking new garlic press in my hand, there at the register is a box labeled Garlic Twist. It was the same price as the garlic press so I swapped.

This thing is awesome. Give the cloves a whack with the bottom of the press (it’s nice, sturdy acrylic). Remove the outer layer and toss them in the garlic twist. Slip the lid on and twist the top and bottom in opposite directions. Stop twisting when the garlic is the desired consistency. It works equally well with a single clove or a handful.

The package says you can also do ginger or olives or cherries. I haven’t tried that, but it should work just as well.

-- Melissa


Garlic Twist

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    1. This. If I was gonna use a grinder on my garlic id just get a cheap plastic one from a head shop.

      1. Harder to clean.

        The plastic becomes problematic over time; I suspect the same would hold for garlic. A metal one, you can scrape clean no worries.

  1. You can always count on stoners to repurpose everything. Especially when it comes to food.

  2. Like most garlic presses, it contains all sorts of nooks and crannies that would be difficult to wash thoroughly. I’ll stick with a good knife that lets me do anything from thin, wide slices to fine mincing.

  3. “The package says you can also do ginger or olives or cherries” …if you like garlic-flavored cherry relish.

    1.  I’ve owned it for years and rarely use it. you’re right on. Cleaning takes longer than any other implement.

      1. Cleaning is super easy.  a little bit of soapy water inside and spin it.  meshing teeth+soapy water = clean instrument, maybe using a dishwasher brush if necessary.

  4. I have one of these and I love it.  you do have to use a knife to cut off the clove bottoms.  But put in a bunch of cloves and you’ve got minced garlic in a minute.  And then you can turn the press to get a couple of nice little minced garlic wedges that are very easy to remove from the grinder.  Clean up is easy with a little warm soapy water, just turn the mincer and the teeth clean each other.

    I know a bunch of people are bitching about just smash with flat of knife and then slice, but for me this is much easier than mincing a bunch of cloves.  It’s a cool little gadget.

  5. I have one of these – it’s not bad if you want seriously well mashed garlic, and it’s definitely easier to clean than a traditional press. Definitely gets all the juices out.

  6. Putting aside the minced vs pressed argument, I’ve found one of the best presses to be $3 from Ikea. It has a removable stainless perforated basket that makes it easier to clean. I used to use a self cleaning die cast zinc one but pressing ginger would blow out the perfed section.  I now use a microplane for ginger anyway.

  7. wanna know whats REALLY awesome? Take your garlic cloves put two glasses or little bowls rim to rim (like a cocktail shaker) and vigorously shake your garlic cloves. The garlic
    peel magically comes off leaving you with perfect peeled garlic cloves no knife smashing needed! It is AMAZING!!!!

  8. Kitchen gadgets are to be resisted. They sit around cluttering up the kitchen drawers and laughing at you.

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