As part of my ongoing quest to be a better cook, I recently purchased a garlic press, a little thing like this:
Photo from Marc Pinter’s Flickr Stream – there are a shocking number of garlic press photos on Flickr!
I figured I’d experiment with using real garlic in my dishes instead of just garlic powder (or worse, nothing).
However, I totally can’t figure out how it works.
Here’s what I think I should be doing: remove a clove; cut the tips off both ends; peel away the paper-like coating; pop that sucker in the press; press.
When I try this, though, I get very little garlic coming through the press. Almost all of the clove is left behind inside, and although I am sure I am removing all the skin from the clove, there seems to be a flat bag-like layer that traps everything in there.
So all I’m left with is a really, really flat garlic clove.
Any tips out there?