- Open the garlic press to expose the garlic trapped inside the press.
- Some garlic presses have an easy removing feature. It will look similar to the makeup of the garlic press, but generally it’s rubber. Fold the garlic press in the opposite direction to remove the garlic residue from the garlic press.
- If your garlic press does not have the easy removal option, add a little oil to the garlic that is trapped inside the press.
- Take a flat ended sturdy metal kitchen utensil (a butter knife or the end of a measuring cup) and scrape the garlic press clean. Do not remove the garlic with your fingers, or your fingers will smell like garlic.
- Soak the garlic press in warm soapy water, and use a cloth to clean the garlic press. If you prefer to use a dishwasher, lie the garlic press flat and place it on the top rack. The garlic press will come out spotless when cleaned with a dishwasher. However, there is a risk of the rubber or plastic parts of the garlic press deteriorating over time.
Can you use a garlic press without peeling
You can use a garlic press without peeling the garlic first, but it does make cleaning the garlic press much more difficult.
Is using a garlic press the same as mincing
Mincing garlic is chopping garlic up into very small pieces. Whereas, using a garlic press crushes the garlic. A garlic press exposes more the edges of the garlic than chopping. Therefore using a garlic press is just about the same as mincing garlic, but with a lot less effort.
Can you grate garlic
If you don’t have a mincer, you can grate garlic by rubbing it up and down on a grater with the smallest holes. Be careful when you get close to the end of the garlic, as you may have the potential to hurt your fingers if they come in contact with the grater.
Can you use a garlic press for Ginger
You can use a garlic press for ginger with a bit more force. Ginger can be quite large, make sure to cut your piece of ginger so it fits nicely in your garlic press. Then use quite a bit of strength to push the ginger through the press.