Since I decided to become more serious about cooking Grandpa has become more serious about my tools. I love that I married a man who understands the importance of good tools. Of course it pays off for him when he needs a tool too.
It started with my Kitchen Aid mixer. Then a new stove. Then my mini food processor. Yesterday, we began the quest for a garlic press. Previous to Grandpa I was alone in my utter adoration of garlic. Too much garlic is a hard thing to imagine. Sure, it can be done but its hard to do. I feel much the same about mushrooms. For Grandpa its bacon. If there’s a way to add one of those three to a recipe, you can bet we will.
After a trip to my sisters I was reminded how much better the Fresh stuff is. I was using jarred garlic. A step up from my favorite Costco spice, granulated garlic for certain but Fresh Garlic. Yum. I had no idea a large bag of it could be snagged so cheaply from Costco. As soon as we got home from Utah we grabbed some.
This then led to me remembering why I switched to jarred garlic. I hated my garlic press. It was what I could afford at the time, a Walmart special by Farberware. It did the job okay but so much waste! My dream garlic press is one from Pampered Chef. I’ve always heard good things about them and I used one years ago at a party. I remember being quite impressed at how cleanly it minced the garlic.
The easy route would have been to find a Pampered Chef person and buy one but I had no idea if they had changed in the past 7 or so years. And thus the shopping started. We checked our usual spots while we were out and about. Walmart was a bust, nothing new there. Target didn’t have anything exciting. So yesterday Grandpa escorted me to Williams Sonoma. I was a little surprised that they only had 3 styles in stock.
Rösle Garlic Press was heavy and nearly impossible for me to use. I wasn’t overly fond of the $45 price tag either. It had the feel of a serious kitchen tool but it wasn’t for my hands.
Garlic Press-Slicer was up next. The price was more to my liking, $21.95, but the feel of it was not quite what I was looking for. I was more interested in one that I didn’t have to peel the garlic for but peeling garlic doesn’t bother me. I was ready to get it when the clerk showed me the next one.
Chef’n Garlic Zoom Chopper was $14.95. I liked the idea of a garlic chopper that could also be used for more than garlic. I’ve also started using more fresh ginger lately but I hate chopping or shredding the stuff. It had the look of a gadget but with 90 days to try it, what was there to lose?
I brought it home and put the receipt in a safe place. Then came today and a craving for smashed avocado. It’s nothing more than an avocado that I put in the food processor along with whatever strikes my mood. Today it was avocado, garlic, lime, salt & pepper, cilantro and a Roma tomato. Some would call it guacamole but I have a different definition. This is more of the constancy of a dip rather than the chunky stuff I call guacamole.
I gleefully peeled three garlic cloves.
Figured out how to put them in.
And tried to roll the sucker. Then I took out a clove. And tried to roll the little adorable gadget again. Then I tool out a second clove. Nope. Couldn’t move it.
Finally I went down to one clove and easily minced that sucker up. Now that I had the hang of it I put the other two cloves in. So not happening! Sadly I could only chop one at a time. Definitely a problem that most people wouldn’t have to contend with. It did an amazing job quickly mincing the garlic.
Cleaning it out wasn’t bad with the little scraper they have and it is dishwasher safe. It was a bit messy overall but I’m happy with the quality of the job it did. I’m not saying my search is done and I haven’t tossed the receipt.