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Garlic, Garlic Lovers, Garlic Presses: Do You Need One?
Are you an amateur cook? (Please note, I'm stressing the 'amateur' here, rather than the cook. I don't mean do you love to cook: I mean, do you barely know what you're doing with a mallet and a steak at your disposal?)
If so, and if you're anything like me, then you may be quite happy struggling and labouring along with the most basic of culinary equipment. No point having the fancy tech if you don't know what you're doing with it, right? A sharp knife and a chopping board is good enough for anyone!
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I think that is actually true in most cases and for most dishes in a home kitchen. You can, perhaps with a little imagination and creativity, deal with most ingredients, procedures and recipe steps with pretty much just those basic utensils, plus a few pots and pans. Are there any exceptions to this rule? Maybe a few, just a few. I do think that one of these is that marvellous little invention, the garlic press.
If you're a garlic hater, it's a matter of the purest irrelevance, of course. Ease of processing, lack of stinky fingers, simple washing up and no smelly chopping board and sticky knives... so what, really?
But if you're a garlic lover? Ah, if you're a garlic lover then things aren't nearly so simple. Loving garlic isn't like being fond of orange juice, or partial to a bit of madeira cake. Garlic lovers are a passionate lot! When you love garlic, it's true love: impossible to live without. And that entails a whole lot of drawbacks, i.e. the aforementioned stinkiness, stickiness and contaminated chopping boards and implements.
Unless, of course, you get yourself a garlic press! Then all of the mess and clutter just evaporates away. (Unfortunately the stinkiness is still with you: but at least it's not all over your fingers.) Plus there's the actual hassle of chopping garlic fine with a knife. It's a nightmare! The little bits, oily and fierce, stick to your fingers and float over the board, and it's so hard to get it fine enough. But with a press, it's so easy.
Of course there are multiple different models out there, and if you fancy yourself as a professional level chef, knocking out masterpieces, then knock yourself out and order something fancy off of the Amazon website. Or get yourself down to your local poundshop or bargain bin economy haberdashers, whatever. Don't chop another garlic clove: get yourself a press!