One of the world’s oldest cultivated plants, garlic has a whole bunch of health benefits. As well as providing some essential vitamins and minerals, studies suggest it can help tackle heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. All that and it tastes good. It can be fiddly to prepare though, so these clever gadgets will help with peeling and chopping so you can get more garlic into your diet with the minimum of fuss.
OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press
If you buy one garlic gadget, make it this one. It boasts a large capacity, sturdy construction, soft-grip comfortable handle, an efficient hole pattern, and it’s dishwasher safe. Winning.
Aveloki Stainless Steel Garlic Rocker
If your grip is not great for a press, a rocker could be the answer. This device has a stainless steel part to crush or mince your garlic and a comfortable handle with finger grips for ease of use.
Do the twist
Joie Garlic Chopper
You put your peeled cloves inside this tidy option, close the lid and twist the soft-touch curved sphere to mince up your garlic. The more you twist, the finer the mincing will be. It also works for herbs, nuts, etc.
Prepworks by Progressive Adjust-A-Slice Mandoline
A traditional mandoline slicer, if you want a gadget that can be used for other prep too, consider this. It has three thickness settings so that it can slice salad produce on thick and garlic on thin.
Zak Designs Silicone Garlic Peeler
Made of 100% food-grade silicone that is safe to go through the dishwasher. Simply pop your skin-on garlic cloves into this tube, press, and roll, and you’ll get peeled cloves without the stinky fingers.
A gadget that will give you that gourmet chef feeling, this shaver can be used for anything from ginger and garlic to chocolate and cheese. It’s dishwasher-safe and comes with a storage bag.
Oye Stainless Steel Garlic Press
Another traditional stainless steel press, but with the bonus that it comes apart for easy cleaning. The basket part is removable so you can rinse it and even stick it in the dishwasher.
Leifheit Comfortline Gourmet Garlic Slicer
This cutter thinly slices with a twist of your hands. Just put the garlic cloves in the top, stick this over a bowl and with the non-slip grip, twist away. After that, it’s good to go in the dishwasher.
Deiss Pro Grater
If you don’t mind getting hands-on with garlic, a grater can produce good results. This device has a razor-sharp stainless steel blade that won’t rust and a comfortable, non-slip handle. It comes complete with a plastic cover.
Amdongking Garlic Press Rocker
Simple, but effective, you hold this device in both hands and simply push down over your peeled garlic gloves to mince them. Made of durable stainless steel, just rinse under the faucet when you’re done.
NexTrend Garlic Twister
This rotary tool has strengthened mincing teeth that cut efficiently in both directions. You stick your peeled cloves in, close it up and twist for ready-to-use minced garlic.
OXO Good Grips Silicone Garlic Peeler with Case
Like the Zak Designs option, this is a stick in the cloves, give ’em a roll, and you get skin-free garlic gizmo. But it comes with a handy storage case too, so when you’ve finished using it, you can store it away neatly.
OXO Good Grips Garlic Slicer
Some recipes call for sliced garlic, and this gadget can assist with that. Garlic is pressed against the blade with a safe plastic tool while the sharp bi-directional steel blade does its thing.
Zyliss Zick-Zick Food Chopper
If you want to chop garlic without going anywhere near a blade, this handheld chopper can help. The steel blades rotate downwards for smooth on-counter cutting, keeping the garlic neatly inside.
Rowav Heavy Duty Garlic Press
We like Rowav’s take on the garlic press. Made of a heavy-duty aluminum alloy, the ergonomic design fits the curves of your hand for easy squeezing, and it can handle two large cloves at a time.
Use your head
There are many options out for garlic lovers. It depends on how you use garlic in your cooking as to which will prove the most useful to you, and how fastidious you are about getting hands-on with smelly cloves. If you don’t like the whiff of garlic on your hands, you should consider a peeler and twister mill-style options that will mince the garlic with minimum contact.
Whatever route you go down, we recommend getting a traditional press too. They are such a simple and effective way to get freshly crushed garlic into your home cooking. The OXO Good Grips Garlic Press checks all the boxes for us with its ergonomic design and excellent fuss-free performance. It’s such a solid bit of kit; you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again… although maybe not on date night.
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