Easy to clean, rust free.
If you've made any of my recipes, you'll know that garlic often has a presence in them. Garlic is one of those flavors that can change a meal drastically and depending how you cut (or press) your garlic, that can also alter the strength of its flavor in the meal.
Mincing garlic (or pressing it) is the process by which the garlic will be pressed through tiny holes in the mincer's screen and flavor will be extracted. By mincing your garlic, you end up with a stronger flavor with each garlic clove rather than simply chopping it.
What I love about this mincer is that it is stainless steel and all one piece. Being stainless steel, it is rust-free and dishwasher safe - the ultimate convenience of any kitchen product is being able to throw it in the dishwasher. You know I do that here! Some mincers also come with separate pieces (aka, the inside mesh piece is removable). I tend to dislike these, as the piece can be easily lost in a drawer or accidentally thrown out. This mincer keeps all of its operating pieces together.
Another bonus is that the mincer has a garlic peeler too! It's a simple silicone rubber tube where you roll the garlic clove and the outer layer peels off easily. To be honest, I don't think this is necessary. If you slam a garlic clove on your counter with the palm of your hand, the clove will naturally unpeel as you crush it.
As you can see from the below illustration, it's easy to use. Simply put the garlic clove in, press down on the handle and the minced garlic is pressed out.
Now, let's talk about the cons. There is only one, really. Occasionally, pieces of garlic may get stuck in the corners of the metal screen's edges. After putting it in the dishwasher, it usually comes clean. But if it doesn't, I just take a fine knife to the edges in between several mincings to clean those corners. It's pretty effortless.
Overall, I've been using mincers like this one for years and find it to be my top choice.
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Have you tried this garlic press before or have certain questions?