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Initial post: 5 Jul 2013, 16:30:16 BST
Bearman says:
Does anyone have a really good garlic crusher they can recommend? My currnet one seems to be a good design that is easy to clean, but it leaves half of the garlic inside the mechanism and is getting worse all the time. I have never actually own one that I was totally happy with. These days I usually use the crush with a knife and salt technique or just finely chop (which I am starting to suspect may give a better flavour), but I would love to have a quick , easy and practicle crusher for when I am in a rush.

Posted on 5 Jul 2013, 16:33:51 BST
Happy says:
I got one like yours, it slowly bungs up with garlic, so that most of it ends up in the bin, and I have seriously garlicky fingers. I just crush it then chop it.

Posted on 5 Jul 2013, 16:41:40 BST
Bearman says:
Hi HC. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are all less than perfect. Even the most highly rated ones listed on Amazon still have people complaining about one aspect or another.

Posted on 5 Jul 2013, 22:45:06 BST
Bearman says:
It looks like my suspicions may be correct and no one has a crusher good enough to recommend!

Posted on 6 Jul 2013, 08:24:40 BST
pixie says:
Kitchen Craft Master Class Cast Deluxe Heavy Duty Garlic Press I have this one Bearman and I'm more than happy with it...it has self clean teeth on the back.

Posted on 6 Jul 2013, 10:19:45 BST
Caro Mio says:
Lakeland do one which is great. Used it for a year & no problems at all.

Posted on 6 Jul 2013, 16:19:19 BST
Just don't put em in the dishwasher. I'm on the third one I've had to toss because DH insists on sticking them in the dishwasher, the shiny plating comes off and leaves a powdery grey stuff that comes off on your hands and can't be good for using with food. And then he gets mad at ME?
Go figure.

Posted on 7 Jul 2013, 10:41:43 BST
Grandma says:
I guess I am just old-fashioned about some things. I crush garlic with the blade of a chef's knife. If I want a paste, I then put it into a mortar and pestle and whirl the pestle around a couple of times. Or just go to the store and buy Gourmet Garden in the produce department. GG is out of Australia, their herb pastes are marvelous and you can buy them in the UK too.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013, 10:58:49 BST
Ghost says:
I agree with you completely. A good mortar and pestle with a little sea salt plus a little elbow grease is all that is needed. Years ago, I bought some of these gadgets, but returned to the m&p. too many ' things ' in a kitchen.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013, 11:08:53 BST
Bearman says:
Tell DH that the powdery grey stuff is nasty aluminum oxides and salts created when the caustic dishwasher chemicals get through the chrome plating and attack the aluminium underneath. It really not good for you!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013, 11:12:06 BST
Bearman says:
Thanks for the tip Pixie. I might just check out our Lakeland, but unless they have something very special, I will go for your recommendation.

Posted on 7 Jul 2013, 14:10:56 BST
Charlie says:
The one that I heard to be best is by pampered chef and is supposed to mean you use the whole clove, so no residue at all. Personally tho I use the knife and salt technique generally and for uber lazy days I love frozen garlic from waitrose. I keep bags of it and just sprinkle it straight into the pan. They also have herbs, chilli etc. Handy in winter too

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013, 14:26:51 BST
Thank you, oh Ursus Major. I will tell him what you say. Maybe coming from another man he'll listen to you.
Me I don't mind garlic chunks. He does.

Posted on 7 Jul 2013, 19:53:10 BST
FSamuel says:
I have not find a good garlic crusher until now, so, I grate it. And then my fingers stink of garlic, I have to put lemon juice on them.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013, 08:18:55 BST
Wet your hands and rub your fingers on some stainless steel. I often just rub them against the kitchen sink. Gone.
Yes, I know they sell a stainless steel thing like a bar of soap but why spend money when you don't have to.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013, 08:33:32 BST
FSamuel says:
Oh thanks Ori, I did not know that. I will try it.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013, 10:34:27 BST
pixie says:
The other tip is to wash your hand with COLD water first....hot water just seals in the smell on your skin.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013, 10:42:04 BST
FSamuel says:
My, we learn something everyday. Will do this and the stainless bit together. I tried to use latex gloves while grating the garlic but without fail, I would grate a bit of the glove too, and because they were kind of off colour, not easy to fish it out LOL...
Maybe I'll give a try to the garlic crusher you mentioned, Pix.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013, 10:59:11 BST
pixie says:
Hi frenchie...hope you are well? Very hot today....hope your little ones are ok too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013, 11:24:55 BST
I can't get along with rubber gloves. I've used them when dealing with strong cleansers etc but the fine ones break half way through and I can't feel things through Marigolds which means I drop stuff, or cut myself anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013, 11:57:11 BST
Bearman says:
I'm with you on that Ori - I hate wearing gloves. Even when gardening (weeding nettles and brambles or mixing cement) I would rather pull the thorns out later (very therapeutic) than wear gloves and not be able to feel what I'm doing. The kids freak when I plunge my hands into the manure sack (dont worry - its the proper well rotted horse variety which doesnt smell).

Posted on 11 Jul 2013, 14:39:21 BST
Happy says:
I don't get on with gloves, and certainly never use them for washing up. Because I don't wear gloves I get grimey hands, but washing up gets them nice and clean again. My worst habit is sticking a finger in the hanging basket to see if it needs water just as I'm going out past it and getting a black finger!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013, 14:49:06 BST
Hi bear
Are you anywhere near a shop called olive and oils. If not they are online.they have a little gizmo on wheels. Put the peeled clove and move it up and down your work top. The blades inside shop the garlic very fine. Easy to dismantle and dishwasher safe. Got one myself. Easy to use and no smelly hands when doing the garlic.
Good luck

Posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:12:27 BST
Bearman says:
Thanks Sabine. I have seen those on line, but have never seen a recommendation from anyone. I shall take another look!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2013, 23:27:54 BST
monica says:
I can't help hoping that 'washing up' means something different where you live to what it means where I live because I don't want to believe that you get the grime off your hands by washing the dinner plates & cutlery . . . No, I refuse to believe it, but I do use gloves whilst washing up simply because the water would otherwise be painfully hot.

You lot probably know this, but because I learned it only after a fair few gardening seasons: If you wet the tips of your fingers and then dig them into a bar of soap before you dig, weed, pot on, whatever, you'll find it far far easier to clean your nails afterward. Ye probably also know that if you're left with one untorn left/right hand of a pair of rubber gloves you can turn it inside out to match with another . . .
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