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We have a garlic press, which I wouldn't call a "mincing tool", but I haven't seen a "mincing tool" for garlic, so I'm not sure if that's what you mean.

I think the resulting dish usually tastes different if the garlic has been pressed (and most of the cells broken) as compared to minced. Minced garlic tastes sharper, and more garlicky, and if you cook it too hot it can get bitter. Pressed garlic has a warmer, rounder, less distinctive flavor. I like both, and use them for different dishes.

Apparently this is a mincing tool (according to google):







Might have to track one of these down and try it out. We have a garlic press, but it's cheaply made and a lot of garlic gets wasted. I can't stand mincing more than 1 clove with a knife, but this tool looks like it might be useful.
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:52 AM
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That looks functionally like a press with large holes.

I've had good luck with the Zyliss brand of presses. The good one I grew up with was Zyliss, too. It looked like there's an explosion of brands and styles of garlic tools in the market right now, and I'm sure there are lots of good ones to be found.

I will say that one advantage of the hand-held press over the tool you show is that i press the garlic directly into the pot, without dirtying a surface or needing to transfer the crushed garlic. (And without losing the juice.)
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I think I actually meant garlic press. The mincing tool pictured above probably would result in a similar output..?

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In any case I'm going to tell g-lassie tonight that garlic press <> mincing and see what reaction I get
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The other thing about the tool/press is that is kind of a pain to clean thoroughly because of all the tiny holes (like a cheese grater, UGH!!), so advantage goes to mincing by hand on that front.
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Mine came with a plastic insert to clean all the holes at once. But in fact, I've found that running it under water and maybe hitting it with a brush is plenty to clean it out.
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That looks functionally like a press with large holes.

I've had good luck with the Zyliss brand of presses. The good one I grew up with was Zyliss, too. It looked like there's an explosion of brands and styles of garlic tools in the market right now, and I'm sure there are lots of good ones to be found.

I will say that one advantage of the hand-held press over the tool you show is that i press the garlic directly into the pot, without dirtying a surface or needing to transfer the crushed garlic. (And without losing the juice.)
We might just be better off with a new, more expensive, press. Ours has gradually bent a little out of shape, and doesn't actually close tightly enough to press a single clove, so if you aren't using at least two it's useless. Mrs DD refuses to replace anything that still "works", but I'm thinking that old thing might have an accident soon.
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The other thing about the tool/press is that is kind of a pain to clean thoroughly because of all the tiny holes (like a cheese grater, UGH!!), so advantage goes to mincing by hand on that front.
Ours is simple to clean with a long bristled brush. Just kind of wiggle it back and forth to get the bristles through the holes and then swirl around a bit once they are through.
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Yeah, reviews favor stainless steel, but I've had better luck with cast aluminum. It doesn't bend. If it falls at all (and it hasn't) it would just break, and you wouldn't feel bad about buying a new one.

Also, if you can't press a single choice of garlic, it's broken, and you should toss it.
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Yeah, reviews favor stainless steel, but I've had better luck with cast aluminum. It doesn't bend. If it falls at all (and it hasn't) it would just break, and you wouldn't feel bad about buying a new one.

Also, if you can't press a single choice of garlic, it's broken, and you should toss it.
I've said that many times. I've also said that it's silly not to spend ~$5 on a new, nicer press (that actually works!) when we spend hundreds every few months on concerts and whatnot. She hasn't cooked very much lately though, so maybe that's why she doesn't mind hanging onto the crappy press.
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