Not all garlic presses are created equal. I had a garlic press when I first started cooking — no doubt I received it as a wedding or shower gift. It didn’t work well at all. It was hard to press the garlic, and much of the garlic was wasted. I assumed that all garlic presses were bad. For years, I chopped garlic by hand, using the smash-the-clove, remove-it-from-the-skin, and chop method. For years, my fingers always smelled vaguely of garlic.
Somewhere along the line, I acquired a Zyliss Susi garlic press. What a revelation! It worked like a dream. I haven’t chopped garlic since. When my daughter was a toddler, the garlic press disappeared. I suspect she was playing with it — she liked to play with kitchen objects — it’s no surprise that she’s a good cook now. When it became clear that I wasn’t finding it any time soon, I bought a replacement faster than you can say Zyliss.
Now if only I could find a device that would chop my onions for me.