Friday, April 25, 2008

Ask Mary: Garlic Press

Dear Mary,
How do you use a garlic press? I received a heavy duty garlic press as a joke from a friend. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to use it. I found a great recipe and read that it needed three cloves of garlic. (Is that three big bulbs, or is it the individual pieces?). I got out my press and realized that I had no clue what to do with it. I ended up just chopping it. 


Sometimes I forget that we have to start with the basics. First of all, it made me laugh to think that you used three heads (the bulb part) instead of three cloves (the individual pieces). I am sure you will keep the vampires away with that much garlic in your system.

Even though it looks difficult, pressing garlic is simple once you learn how to do it. To begin, you put a clove or two into the whole of the garlic press. Then, you use the flat end to push the garlic through the holes, by squeezing the handle. The result is perfectly pressed garlic.

Whatever you do, don’t worry! You will get the hang of it with a little practice.

Happy Cooking.

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