How to Use a Garlic Press

Due to technological progress, we have ever-fancier devices that make our daily routine easier. It’s hard to imagine how people managed without kitchen gadgets such as a toaster, dishwasher, or oven, as well as other simpler yet useful, utensils. Interestingly, even the most primitive-looking items can hide big secrets. For example, a vegetable peeler is much more functional than we realize, and we generally use a garlic press incorrectly.

I discovered this quite recently. My friend was visiting, and she works as a sous-chef in a cozy local restaurant. I was cooking dinner and my friend offered to help. The way she dealt with garlic amazed me. I always peel the cloves before placing them in the garlic press. It turned out to be a waste of time. Everything is much easier for me now.

How to Properly Use a Garlic Press

Although this invention spares us from grating or chopping garlic, it has its downsides. You still have to clean every clove, which is time-consuming. Plus, the smell remains on the hands. And don’t even get me started on washing the garlic press, which is a challenge in itself.

At least that’s what I thought before. However, if the garlic is unpeeled, most of these problems disappear.

In reality, a garlic press makes short work of the cloves both in the husk and without. The peel remains inside the gadget, and the pulp passes through the holes.

Thus, you can significantly speed up the whole process, and your garlic press will be much easier to clean. The only thing to do before pressing garlic is to thoroughly wash those cloves to prevent residual soil or other dirt from getting into the finished product.

In the end, simply remove the peel from your garlic press and discard it, then rinse the gadget. If the pieces of pulp do get stuck in the holes, use an old toothbrush. It will clean them in a matter of seconds.

I’m sure most of you are also shocked by this unexpected news. You should have seen my face when I realized that I had been doing futile work for so long. What can you do, though? Live and learn! Now I feel like I have to take a closer look at other kitchen gadgets. Did you know that you don’t have to peel garlic before using a garlic press?


I am an English major with a love of languages and fiction, and with an incurable travel bug. In my free time, I read fantasy, drink copious amounts of coffee, and like to go see movies. Culinary art means everything to me. My main hypostasis is the taster, though. The music school has taught me to appreciate the symphony of airy meringues, to create harmonious overtures of light snacks, hard rock of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill. Choir classes have accustomed me to hear and feel the people nearby and create perfect harmonies of sounds.