“ Brand: Tesco / Product Type: Garlic Press „
I love the taste and the smell of garlic and a lot of my recipes call for garlic in them so one of the kitchen utensils I have is a garlic press. To quote an article as I could not have put it better myself, "A garlic press is a kitchen utensil to crush garlic cloves efficiently by forcing them through a grid of small holes, usually with some type of piston. Many garlic presses also have a device with a matching grid of blunt pins to clean out the holes."
The last garlic press I had had a removable white plastic grid which is what made up the press but somehow this got lost so I recently purchased a new one from the cheap Tesco Go cook range. I love this range because the utensils are such good quality but work perfectly well. Thankfully this one has a removable crate too inside the press and it makes it so easy to clean. I find that when you press garlic it releases a bit of a sticky residue and this is what is left behind on the press so to be able to take it out is great. I do recommend that you rinse the garlic residue away immediately as it is very hard to get dried on garlic out of the little holes without using a little cocktail stick to poke through all the holes.
I never know what is the best way to use a garlic press as some people say you can put a garlic clove in with the skin still on and the press will retain the skin and just leave you with the pressed garlic afterwards but I always peel my garlic cloves first as I find them really easy to peel and then I put it in like this.
According to an article I read, "Garlic crushed by a press is generally believed to have a different flavor from minced garlic; since more cell walls are broken, more of garlic's strong flavor compounds are liberated." Apparently, "a good garlic press can break down cloves more finely and evenly than an average cook using a knife, which means better distribution of garlic flavor throughout any given dish." I never kew this but I know that whenever I have pressed my garlic using this utensil it always makes my dished very favourable and not too overpowering with a taste of garlic.
However, on the other hand the article I read goes on to say that, "some chefs say garlic crushed in a press has an inferior flavour compared to other forms of garlic. For instance, chef Anthony Bourdain calls garlic presses "abominations" and advises "don't put it through a press. I don't know what that junk is that squeezes out of the end of those things, but it ain't garlic." The British cookery writer Elizabeth David once wrote an essay titled 'Garlic Presses are Utterly Useless."
This press is easy to squeeze the handles together and I find they are quite nicely designed and easy to hold onto too. There is a flat plate inside which is what helps to push the garlic through the little holes in the grate. This press is made of stainless steel so it is quite tough and I find it works really well.
The press cost me just £4 in Tesco which is brilliant and I will continue to use my garlic press as it works well for me and gives my food a lovely taste.
I make a lot of meals from scratch and garlic is one of the main ingredients that I use to add flavour to home cooked meals. It can be quite time consuming and fiddly cutting up cloves of garlic which is why I decided a couple of weeks ago to buy a garlic press to add to my little kitchen gadgets collection. I had a quick browse on Amazon but thought that the prices were ridiculous - some were more than £10! Although I did want something of decent quality that would be sturdy, I didn't want to pay a low price for something that would break within a couple of days however when I saw this garlic press in Tesco priced at around 98 pence, I couldn't resist and decided it would be well worth a try.
This garlic press is from Tesco's value range and it's one of the cheapest available - I suppose for this reason alarms should of been ringing, however I was pretty sure I was getting a bargain at the time as at 98p it's not a huge waste of money even if it breaks within a couple of days, but the quality is lacking and I wish i'd of just put the money towards a more expensive garlic press!
The garlic press has a black plastic handle which is lightweight and flimsy and the top bit where the actual press is it is made of stainless steel which is quite thin and lightweight, rather than sturdy and heavy. The handle is a good size and easy to grip due to the texture and design, but I don't like pressing down on it hard as it feels so flimsy. Packaging wise the garlic press comes loose with a label on it which states the band and product name. Once this is removed there is a hole on each handle which can be used to hook it on things but I just store mine in the kitchen drawer.
The garlic press is quite bulky and isn't particullary nice to look at, it's very basic in appearence and it looks rather odd to be honest with what looks like a mini cheese grater stuck to it, this is where the crushed garlic is dispensed from. The holes are very small meaning the garlic that comes out is finely chopped in thin slithers, this is good as it helps the garlic to dissolve quickly when used in stews, curries etc rather than the garlic been chunky.
To use the garlic press is quite simply and easy, you need to peel the clove first and then place the whole thing inside the little slot and squeeze the handles to close it and it will crush the garlic. You need to put a lot of force into it which is a little hard when the garlic press is so flimsy as it feels like it'll snap at any minute, and I usually get my boyfriend to do it as he can do it quicker - I find it a bit too hard to do with just one hand. Alternatively I place the garlic press on the side and then press down on it with both hands so that i'm not putting too much pressure on just one of my hands.
Once the garlic has been crushed and used the garlic press needs to be washed. The metallic plates can be removed so they can be washed seperately and the rest of it (the handles) don't really need washing. The garlic press is dishwasher safe and it washes well. Overall this garlic press is okay but I find it too fiddly and awkward to use. It's very affordable and is still in one piece after 2 weeks. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
I am a real lover of all things Italian like as I love my pasta and pizza and generally all those items that are caked in garlic and full of flavour. With this said I also like to make my spaghetti bolognese and lasagne from scratch and of course I use a few cloves of fresh garlic to get that real authentic flavour in the food.
==Price and Availability==
I have gone through so many different Garlic presses over recent years and have just ordered a fairly expensive one due to my last one literally falling to bits. I have tried presses from various different stores, different brands and of different prices and none so far have proven to be good enough. My last disaster of a garlic press was a Tesco Value one which in my opinion was very cheap and so far it is the cheapest one I have ever tired. Seeing as the more expensive ones I have used have been useless I thought I would try a really cheap one to see if this fared any better. For 98 pence for this garlic press I don't think I have seen a cheaper one around so yes Tesco really do offer a very cheap selection of kitchen wear.
==Look and Design==
The garlic press is just really like any other basic garlic press with the fact that it has a chunky set of two handles which pull open to reveal a section where a peeled clove of garlic can be placed. This is a square area on this garlic press and there are small holes in the bottom of this section. You can then close the handles of the product back together and this will bring down on top of the garlic clove a flat plate of metal which fits neatly into the square area where the clove is sitting. With pressure on the two handles the idea is that the garlic is then squeezed through the small holes and pushed out of the gadget and out into your cooking.
This sounds all exactly how it needs to be but I didn't actually find it this simple in practice especially after the first few times. It seemed to work okay for a short while and perhaps is was the smaller sized bits of garlic that I was putting into the item which were seemingly squeezed through okay but after a short while it became more difficult to push the handles together as effectively as I would have liked as they were seeming to bow under the pressure and the flat metal plate was becoming less effective and pushing down on the garlic.
The good things about this garlic press is the fact that the small area where the garlic is places can be removed for cleaning and it is just a case of pulling the rim of the square area out and getting a dish brush on it to remove any left over traces of garlic. This is all pretty standard stuff and the majority of cheaper presses have this removable aspect where as the more expensive ones which are made entirely of metal seem to open right up to enable easier cleaning without taking the item to pieces.
The garlic press finally gave up working not especially long after I purchased it and to be fair it hadn't been particularly effective at squeezing the garlic through a long time before this. The whole make up of the item felt flimsy and exactly what it was, cheap. There was no real strength in the product and this is why I suspect it didn't handle as well as I would like and nor did it last very long either.
When this garlic press did work it did push a nice amount of the garlic through the small holes and out the other side but it also left a good deal of residue in the gadget and even with a scrape around and another squashing these bits still stayed in the press. The press didn't work well enough on either bits that were too small or bits that were too large.
I guess for under £1 I shouldn't really moan as this really should have been expected but I would have rather have taken that pound and put it towards a nice expensive one like I have just ordered from online that looks like it is going to do the job and do it well for a long period of time. I would have to say that I am really disappointed in the way this Tesco Value Garlic press is not build to last or built to work against tough bits of garlic which come up fairly often. It really felt like wasted money and for that reason I don't feel I can award anything more than a 1 out of 5 stars.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.