Garlic, the staple of every larder, the cure of all ails and the tastiest of all the bulbs. We’ve been cooking with this particular allium since 2000 BC, yet, it would seem, we haven’t mastered the art of crushing a single clove… or have we? Here’s a round up of the best and most innovative garlic crushers we could set our sights on. Get in touch if you know of more!
Functional and pleasing to the eye, the stainless steel Garlic Press from family-owned Danish design company, Eva Solo, comes complete with a hand-blown glass container. The glass container is used to store garlic cloves and to hold the garlic press when not in use, resembling the shape of a head of garlic when it does so – The pleasures of design!
Before man became intent on complicating things we used to club our garlic then grind the fragrant mess and between two stones. Whilst it may be thought too simple a process and too barbaric an action for modern man, Royal VKB takes us back to that magical prehistoric period and gives us the tool and the permission we need to simply crush and roll our garlic as our ancestors once would have. With the Royal VKB Garlic Crusher there aren’t any holes to clog or moving parts to fail, the only thing at risk of being damaged is the garlic. Hats off to this beautiful design. Crushed garlic anyone?
A little downward pressure and a gentle rocking motion is all you need to use the Rocker™ 100. Its brushed stainless steel construction allows you to exert as much force as you wish. Rubbing your hands on stainless steel is also thought to keep the strong garlic scent from clinging to your skin. We like the simplicity of design, the ease of use and the compact nature of the Rocker™ 100, we’d certainly give it space in our drawers. Joseph Joeseph bills the Rocker™ 100 as “a game-changing kitchen gadget that will revolutionise your garlic crushing” with which we would have to agree!
The reputation of the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press precedes it. Valued for its ergonomic, weighty construction, ease of use, ease of cleaning and uniformity of garlic pieces, the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean is thought, by some, to be the best in its field. Thanks to Kuhn Rikon’s clever engineering, the Epicurean requires 60% less effort. Its powerful lever does most of the work and the bevelled holes ensure that your clove is cut rather than bruised.
The Squish from üutensil is more than a a garlic crusher, this moulded contrivance can grate your ginger and features a stainless steel ‘garlic soap’ base to help alleviate that garlicky smell from your digits after use. Such a simple, clever design. Apparently it’s also great for (no pun int.) grating parmesan, chocolate and for crushing nuts as well. Two thumbs up! Garlic and ginger soup anyone?
That’s all for now folks, swill some milk to get rid of that garlicky overtone and remember to get in touch if you’ve seen a garlic press worth featuring!