I love kitchen gadgets almost as much as I love to cook, but I’ll be the first to admit that it takes a bit to really impress me. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Crisp garlic press and I’m convinced that this little guy just might be the world’s best garlic press.
In addition to making most foods more flavorful, garlic has a whole host of health benefits, so it should come as no surprise that I used a lot of garlic. Typically, I buy pre-chopped garlic in a jar, because, quite frankly, I hate peeling and chopping garlic. Actually, I despise the chopping much less than the peeling.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out the Crisp garlic press, I was excited at the thought of a little gadget that made peeling and chopping garlic a little easier. Albeit, I admit, I was a bit leery. I have used garlic presses in the past and, to be perfectly honest, wasn’t impressed.
Although I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to give up my convenient jar of pre-chopped garlic, I can say I’m in love with this garlic press and excited to try more of the Crisp products.
First, the Crisp garlic press differs from typical presses in its design. Instead of a scissor-like design where one uses the force of their hands to push the garlic through the press, the Crisp press is shaped more like a pastry blender, and one using a rocking motion with the force and weight of the user’s body to press the garlic through. The difference was immediately apparent, with the Crisp press, hands-down, easier than conventional garlic presses.
Another great feature about the Crisp press is that the processed garlic resembles actual chopped garlic as opposed to a garlic mush typical of other presses. While mushes are fine for things like soups, stews and sauces, sometimes you want to use actual chopped garlic if you want to, say, have toasted garlic for a recipe. Likewise, with the “chopped” version provided by the Crisp press, it can be processed and stored a little easier than pressed garlic mush. Besides that, call me crazy, but the Crisp version just looks pretty!
On one side of the rocker-style press is a little part that helps with peeling the garlic. It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but once I did, it was a huge help. As previously mentioned, I would rather cry my way through cutting a 5-pound bag of onions than peel garlic. If you’ve ever peeled garlic, you can easily understand the struggle – the sticky peels, the tiny cloves continuously slipping through your fingers, etc.
While I was a bit disappointed that the little gadget didn’t actually peel the garlic cloves (and then lead them into a pot with tomatoes and spices to magically make the world’s best pasta sauce), it still gets my vote for garlic press of the year. You use a type of rocking motion to loosen the skin from the garlic clove, which, in turn, can then just be pulled right off. Definitely better than the typical sticky mess.
Another cool feature of the Crisp garlic press is the removable guard which can be used to scrape the processed garlic away from the press.
Last, but certainly not least, once you’ve processed your garlic, the press is a total breeze to clean. Even with all the little holes, no brush was needed. Just run it under warm water and voila! it’s clean. Again, much easier than typical garlic presses.
The Crisp garlic press retails for around $18, and while I may ordinarily balk at the higher price, I can say with confidence that this product is well worth an Andrew Jackson. The design is awesome and the construction solid. I would recommend this product to anyone.