If you are like me and use garlic in almost all of your cooking you will definitely want to have a good garlic crusher on hand.
For years I had used the regular garlic press that everyone knows. You know the one I am talking about. The one with two handles and a little pocket where you put the garlic clove in, manipulate a little hammer thing so it sits right on top of the clove, and push the two handles together, crushing the clove and pressing the garlic through a mesh of small holes. It always worked, but without fail there would be garlic juice spraying everywhere, you never quite managed to crush the whole clove and cleaning the damn thing was near to impossible.
To put it quite bluntly, I always hated that garlic press and in order to avoid using it I would actually just crush the cloves with my fist on the counter top and quickly chop everything finely with a knife. This has always worked well for me, but is a little labor intensive.
Well, as luck would have it, about a year ago my husband and I visited our local R$1.99 (the Brazilian equivalent of the dollar store). We were browsing around, I can’t remember what we needed, but while browsing a sales lady came up to us and showed us this new little kitchen device they had just gotten in. It was a garlic crusher. It plastic and round, with two halves that fit one into the other and a line of teeth in the middle. She demonstrated that you put the garlic clove in one half, close the top and then spin the two halves causing the garlic clove to crush! I gave my husband a sidewise glance, trying to silently tell him that this will never work (the sales lady did not demonstrate with a garlic clove) and continued looking for what I had actually come into the store for. As I was paying, much to my surprise my husband placed the garlic crusher on the counter at the cash register, apparently he had decided to give it a go. I was in complete doubt that it would work, but paid for it anyway!
When we got home it was time to try this new thing out. Bravely, my husband gave it a shot. Much to both of our surprise it worked amazingly. The plastic did not break, the garlic got crushed very easily and we didn’t lose any part of the clove, it ALL got crushed. No juice sprayed all over the kitchen and it was super easy to clean. I fell in love with it immediately and ever since it has become an ESSENTIAL kitchen item.
This garlic crusher is used on a daily basis in my house and I don’t know what I would do without it. It is so easy to use and clean and the best part about it is that it crushes the cloves perfectly and you don’t lose anything!
I have no idea if this is specifically a Brazilian crusher, but wherever it is from, I highly recommend that anyone who uses garlic on a regular basis get their hands on one of these. I have a super hard time finding them in stores here in Brazil and wouldn’t know where to look in the USA, but you can purchase it on amazon.com (find it HERE) and in Brazil you can find it HERE!
Give this garlic crusher a shot, trust me, you will not regret it!