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If you've not encountered a garlic twist before then you're probably wondering what on earth it does and how it's different to other similar products out there.
The garlic twist is a compact little tub with some 'teeth' inside it - all made of plastic, that you fill with peeled garlic and then twist to product a great hunk of crushed garlic. The product comes in a variety of colours, ours is green, and you can buy them for £14.99 in our local kitchen shop, so I can't imagine the price varies that much!
It's a slight pain that you have to put the garlic in peeled, but you can also use the sturdy piece of kit to whack down onto cloves on a hard surface and peel their skin off. I usually fit around four cloves into the tub and then put the top half on and twist. Sometimes the first twist can be a bit stiff and it's admittedly tough to get the twisting action going, but once you've broken through that barrier it's really very easy to get the garlic crushed very finely. I prefer having a crushed and coarsely smashed garlic rather than chopping it up into tiny pieces because it feels like I'm getting some of the oils out, and it's certainly very potent when it comes out.
The only negatives I would consider in this review are that if you don't wash it immediately, garlic can become stuck on, and if you are weak wristed, then you may struggle to get this going. It'd also be good to see a larger model that could hold more garlic for us garlic lovers!!
We bought our little garlic twist from a display stand at the Good Food Show a couple of years ago. I hat garlic crushers as they do a wonderful job of squeezing the garlic then you spend about twenty minutes trying to clean the thing. You have to get a sharp knife to poke out the bits from the holes and I found it was far easier to just chop the damn stuff. If you left it unwashed for longer than about five minutes then it had to stay in soak overnight for you to have any chance of getting the bits from out of the holes.
When the man was demonstrating this he not only used garlic but also scrunched up herbs and ginger too so I was sold already. No garlic crusher has ever done that for me, I have always had to chop herbs and grate ginger so this was, to me, an added bonus.
Ours is blue but I also bought two more for gifts as if you bought two the third was free. I believe we paid £10 each for the two, so £20 for three. On Amazon I notice they seem to range from just over £4 to about £12.45 so I'm not sure if these are a different quality or just a bargain for the £4 ish one. I am very happy with the one we have at the price we paid I feel that it was good value.
The way it works is you put the cloves of garlic/ginger chunks or fresh herbs intone side and then place the second part on the top. Press them together and twist backwards and forwards. Depending on what you have in there you might have to twist two or three times or more. I have found I get better results if you chop the garlic into two or three bits if the cloves are really big and chop the ginger into bits the size of a cashew nut. Once all the bits are crushed then it will gather in two sections if you twist it to push it into the piles. At this stage you can scrape out the sludge into the pan or whatever you are putting it in.
The two parts are made of a clear hard plastic with raised teeth in the centre of each made of the same plastic, they are moulded into the parts. As you twist the teeth criss cross each other and crush the contents really finely. The more you twist the finer the contents will be crushed.
Because the two parts are made of hard plastic provided you rinse them off as soon as you have finished using the gadget then the stuff just washes away. The fact that it is plastic also means that it does not hold the smells of the garlic etc you have crushed. All I have ever done is swill it under running water or rinse it through with washing up liquid. I have not tried putting it in the dishwasher as I was not told it was safe so haven't risked it.
So I have found that this is a really handy little kitchen gadget. It is easy to use, does a good job and you just swill it out when done. You can buy them in lots of different colours to match your kitchen decor. I wouldn't say they are totally unbreakable but I have dropped ours on our ceramic tiled floor and it didn't crack. I wouldn't suggest doing this too often though as it is a hard plastic and this can sometimes break if dropped onto something as hard as a tiled ceramic floor.
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