=== The product ===
A garlic press from the Pampered Chef company.
=== How to use this ===
You needn't peel your garlic when using this, just pop a clove in to the holder and then clamp the two handles together to crush the garlic. The garlic is peeled and then crushed through the small holes. There is a small plastic cleaning tool that is designed to help clean out the little holes, however, I find that just rinsing this immediately after use, to clean away any wet residue, and then soaking it with my washing up ensures that this is cleaned thoroughly.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from the Pampered Chef website for £20.00 or from a host at a Pampered Chef party which is how mine was purchased, although not by me.
=== Overall opinion ===
Let me start by saying I feel this is over priced, however, when this was offered to me by a friend I was not going to turn it down, mainly because I was using a garlic press I paid just 20p and it was absolutely useless. This would lead to me peeling and chopping garlic to fit in the tiny press and then half crushing it before giving up and having to empty out the crusher, crush my garlic by hand and then fiddle around to wash up the tiny garlic press. It really was a much longer task than it needed to be. My friend offered me this, and a host of other accessories from various companies, when she had a clear out and got rid of either thing she no longer needed, used or felt fitted in with her new sleek black look kitchen.
This garlic press manages to be lightweight and easy to use while still feeling robust, sturdy and good quality. This is incredibly easy to use, it peels the garlic even which saves me time, and besides being a little fiddly to clean at times, like all garlic crushers, this is incredibly robust and simple to use. It takes little strength to get the garlic out of this and it takes just a few seconds to peel and crush my garlic for me.
I would definitely say that the cost of this is ridiculously high. I am not disputing that the quality and the ease of use is worth the money, more that I have used differently designed products for less than half the price and had this not been free I would not have ever contemplated buying this, even for £10.00 really. The quality is very good, it's quick and easy to use, fairly quick and simple to clean, the cleaning tool is a welcome addition and I love that I don't have to peel this before use, however, I just don't see how the £20.00 price tag can be justified. At the end of the day, this is still just a garlic crusher.
I recently went to a Pampered chef party that my friend was throwing. I hate going to these things as you are always guilted into buying something even if your friend says, "oh just come, you don't have to buy anything!!" I do really like the Pampered chef products as they are all really good quality and nice looking items but they are just so expensive for what they are. So, with this in mind I decided I would buy something really small and cheap. I settled upon a garlic press as I actually wanted on of these. It cost me £20!!! £20 for a garlic press, I could have got one in Tescos for about £2 but oh well, after I got over my initial shock I have been quite pleased with this kitchen utensil.
I use garlic in a lot of my cooking as I love the flavour it gives my dishes but previously I had just been cutting it up with a knife into little slices. This was no good for my husband as he hates garlic so trying to hide it in my spaghetti bolognese in my chunks was not really going to work so I thought if I had a garlic press this would chop it up nice and small and there would be no visible trace of the garlic just a nice complmentary taste to my food.
A garlic press looks a bit like a tin opener and has the same sort of function. There are two handles and at the joining of these two handles is a sort of mesh box in which you place you garlic section. Now apparently when I bought this press it said that you can press the garlic without peeling, this is probably why it cost so much money! Normally I take the little garlic section out of the bulb and then cut either side and take off the rest of the skin. Well, when I first got this I decided to try it out and I cut the ends off the garlic but didn't peel back the rest of the skin. When I crushed the garlic I was quite surprised to see that the skin did stay in the mesh and most of the garlic inside came through. Some of the garlic sort of stays on the press so you do need to slice it off with a knife but I was pleased at how this worked.
The garlic press also comes with its own cleaning tool. This is a very nice function as if you don't clean the press straight away it is so hard to get all the little bits of garlic out and then the press smells like garlic afterwards forever but I guess if you only use this to press garlic that it not really a big problem. Anyway, the tool is a little plastic pad which features lots of small plastic prongs which you push through all the mesh holes in the press and that allows you to push out all the excess garlic and skins right away.
The handles are bent in a way in which it fits into your hand quite well and you do not need to squeeze too hard to get the garlic to come out. A good press but would I pay £20 for it again, probably not!!
I am so impatient and get quite bored cuttign garlic into such small chunks. I am always twmpted by buying the tubs of lazy garlic, but it seems so much more money that I can never really justify it. I told my Mum long ago I wanted a garlic press,a nd when she went to a pampered chef party quite recently she bought me this lovely stainless steel one.
To use the press you first have to peel the garlic by hand. I always chop off the tiny bits at the end of each clove also as I don't want them to end up in my dinner! You then open up the press and sit your garlic clove in the small area and close back up the press. The clove is forced out of a series of tiny holes, chopped up all small and perfects for cooking and various recipes. It is so easy to use and an absolute godsend in that respect. I would recommend them to make anyones life easier, and their cooking better by using such small chunks.
In the interests of making this a fair review I will also point out the downsides. There is more washing up to do when using this pres, however I use my dishwasher so it is not a problem for me at all. It is not fussy or tricky to wash up either.
I do find that unless you then scrape out the press you waste some garlic. This can be a little bit of a fussy task, but a small teaspoon helps!
Well recommended for the pampered chef's amongst us!
Having spent the last few months teaching myself to cook, I had (until this evening) never used a Garlic crusher.
Tonight I decided to give it a try, figuring if it meant smaller bits of Garlic then hurrah!
Not only did I have small tiny bits of garlic (ideal if you want to fry them!) but the flavour it brought out- WOW! How I have gone this long without using a Garlic Crusher I honestly dont know. It brought out so much flavour which is otherwise missed out if you just chop Garlic, and it turned an ordinary bowl of pasta into quite literally the best pasta I have ever made. Depending on wheather or not you like the smell of Garlic it also gave the house a Garlic aroma upon frying (this fades with the windows open obviously)
The only downside to this is I'm now going to have to go through all my recipes that contain fresh Garlic and try them all with it crushed!
I would definetly recommend this Garlic Crusher to anybody thinking of getting one, or indeed, anybody who likes Garlic but has never used a crusher.
Being somewhat of a garlic fiend I tend to use a lot of this somewhat pungent but rather tasty plant. Before I got my hands on the Pampered Chef Garlic Press I would spend my time fiddling with knifes, often cutting myself accidentally in the process, only to end up with pieces that were too big. Knowing that I like garlic I was gifted this by my friend, and pretty soon I was pressing with the best of them!
Being a Pampered Chef product you know you're going to get quality, and indeed you do. Unfortunately this product comes at a rather hefty price, but you know that it's going to last you for a long time. The benefit of using a press is that is saves peeling the garlic, but most importantly it somewhat 'juices' the garlic, making it more flavoursome than if you were to peel it and chop it by hand.
I would recommend it, but there are cheaper alternatives that do the job just as well.
A few months ago I went to a Pampered Chef evening which a friend of mine was hosting. These are fun evenings where a Pampered Chef presenter will prepare and cook some dishes for the hostess and her guests and while doing so show off many of the products in the Pampered Chef range, in the hope of course that you will be tempted to buy them. A lot of my friends had really raved about the Pampered Chef garlic press, and not seeing anything else that took my fancy, I thought I would try one of these.
Now I guess the most noticeable thing about it is that it is not cheap. In fact it costs a whacking £17 which is really quite a lot considering that you can buy a perfectly respectable garlic press in John Lewis for only £5. 'She must be mad,' I can hear you thinking, but this product was really described as the 'bees knees' of garlic presses so I don't really think I am such an idiot!
There are two things that it really has going for it. Firstly you can put your cloves of garlic straight into the press without having to peel them first so this saves a bit of work especially as peeling garlic is so fiddly. It is also quite a large area to put the garlic in so you can put in two or three cloves quite easily. It just takes quite a quick squeeze and lots of lovely smelly garlic is pressed through leaving all the skins behind. This aspect of the garlic press is very good indeed.
The second very enticing thing about it is that it comes with its very own cleaning tool (and as you know garlic presses are usually very difficult to get clean!). This tool stays attached to the press when you don't need it (so it won't get lost) and then once you have pressed your garlic, it will clean straight away. It's a little plastic pad which has lots of small plastic prongs which can be pushed through all the holes in the press and thus pushing all the excess garlic and skins right away. You do have to use this straight away though. If you forget and try and use it later once all the excess has dried on it won't work at all.
Unfortunately, a couple of our prongs got a little bit bent which therefore means they are all out of place which has rendered our cleaning tool pretty near useless. However, we are the only people we know who this has happened to and everyone else who has a Pampered Chef garlic press swears by their cleaning tool. I guess we were just unlucky! Also, the products do come with a guarantee so if they do break Pampered Chef will replace them. However, you do need to have kept your receipt which sadly we hadn't (so this is worth bearing in mind if you do buy anything from The Pampered Chef).
It is quite a sturdy tool but can be operated easily just using one hand. It can also be used for ginger as well as garlic which makes it a little more versatile. Also it is safe to wash it in a dishwasher which is a very big plus.
I think on this occasion I was probably talked into buying this tool and on reflection I do think it is a bit expensive for what it is. I might feel differently if my little cleaning tool was still working, but on the whole, although the garlic pressing side of it works very well, perhaps it is just a bit of an overpriced gadget which I did not need! I'm still giving it three stars though because everyone else loves it so much!