I dont know anyone that uses one. John Stage, Dinosaur BBQ (New York City)
It seems like every home cook has one or wants one, but here are two simple techniques for crushing garlic without a press: The first, I learned from my mother. Simply place the peeled garlic clove in a small bowl (or use a mortar and pestle), add a small pinch of salt and take the end of a knife or the pestle and pound it until it's mashed! It's easy, fast, and better than punching a pillow (great for relieving tension)! The other method uses the flat side of a chef's knife and a cutting board. Smash the clove with the flat side of the blade (safely, using your fingers to guide the blade) until it's thoroughly crushed. A bit of salt on the garlic helps with this too. Cynthia Kallile, The Meatloaf Bakery (Chicago)
What did that poor garlic do to you? Just throw [that garlic press] away. Now. Greg Baker, The Refinery (Tampa, Fla.)
"A knife does a better job. And most of the time you need a knife after using the device to chop the garlic finer. So we are wasting energy and creating more things to wash. Christopher Lee, The Forge (Miami, Fla.)
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