I thought it might be fun to stimulate a bit of discussion about how we all prepare our garlic, and see who uses what gadgets for it. So here we go:
In our house we use a French-made garlic-crusher that I think is made out of cast aluminium. It was obviously built to last, because it was a wedding present, and we've been married 33 years! As such, it's almost certainly the longest-lived kitchen gadget we possess -- and probably the most frequently-used...
Attesting to its French origin, the word FRANCE appears prominently on one of the handles, which is very fitting, since Jane's maiden name was France!
This is what the gadget looks like:
The way it works is - you put your peeled clove of garlic in the "bowl" of the device (actually it will hold 2 or 3 cloves), with the handles open, and then simply squeeze the handles together. The garlic flesh gets squashed out through a series of small holes. This means that you only get the nice bits, and the fibrous bits are left behind.
Maybe you noticed that the device also has a cherry-stoner arrangement in the handles. We've never used that bit. I suspect somehow that the cherries might end up with a bit of a taint of garlic...
The only down-side of the gadget is that it can be a bit fiddly to clean. It's normally best to rinse it out under the tap before the garlic residue has a chance to dry. I also find a cocktail-stick very handy for cleaning out the little holes.
If you have any garlic-related gadgets maybe you would like to write about them on your blog too? Or at least leave me a Comment telling me about it.