Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bru Joy Best Garlic Press Stainless Steel: Reviewed (Giveaway)

My husband loves garlic and uses it when frequently he is cooking. I rarely cook with it myself as it is messy, strong smelling, and even the simple act of peeling it can make your fingers smell even after washing well with soap and water. We have not owned a garlic press before and usually would either hand crush with a knife or use the store bought crushed garlic in a jar (which often is not from the US.)

Fresh Garlic is always best. I had the opportunity to try out a garlic press from Bru Joy. They are the same company that make the Julienne Style Veggie Peeler I reviewed (giveaway posted until 8/23/14 and the Stainless Steel Can Opener (giveaway posted until 8/23/14). The company is great and their customer service is stellar.

You can find the peeler and can opener here on Amazon: Julienne Peeler and Bru Joy Can Opener

We tried this Bru Joy garlic press 2 different ways: first without the skin, and then with the skin. Unfortunately we learned the quick and easy secret AFTERWARD. I myself had never used a garlic press, but it looked simple enough and so I peeled the garlic for what seemed like a very long time. It was a smelly process and the clove had lots of peel to remove. Once I thought it was fully peeled, I inserted the clove, grasped the ergonomically round handles, and squeezed. It did take some strength to do the initial crush (I had to use both hands) but after the first crush of the garlic, I was able to use one hand and continue crushing. I found this easy to use, however, I found that I did have a messier cleanup this first time and some of the garlic skin was remained. The big capacity garlic chamber makes it easy to put in varying sizes of garlic.

The second time I used this, I decided to try it without peeling. This was obviously a much better experience as I was not standing there peeling and inhaling strong garlic fumes while coating my fingers in stench. I also appreciated that the garlic crushed much easier and cleaner when I left the skins on. I was able to crush it, and then open it and use a butter knife to lift out the remaining EMPTY skin. I also used the butter knife to slice off the remaining garlic still on the press and transfer it into the bowl. This second process (leaving the skin on) was quicker and I had less contact with the garlic.

I was happy to be able to use the included cleaning brush as I still needed something to clean out the little holes in the strainer. I do think it would be neat and easier if there was a pick type gadget on the opposite end of the included brush (or as an additional separate tool) to poke remaining garlic out of the holes when cleaning. I cleaned the press with the brush, then ran it under hot water at the sink, and put it in the top rack of the dishwasher. The manufacturer states that this will never rust or break, and gives a 100% risk free, money back guarantee. I have only had it about 3 weeks, but it is working great so far for me.

I like how attractive this press is. It is sturdy and seems to be of top quality. You can find it here on Amazon: Bru Joy Best Garlic Pres

Would you like a chance to win this garlic press? One lucky reader will win this! USA only.

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  1. Never tried one, always wanted to try. :)

  2. looks like it works great! I hope I win!! <3

  3. I have a garlic press that is about 15 years old. I may pass it down to my daughter and keep this one.

  4. I would love to win this for myself. I use garlic in a lot of my recipes because it's good for a healthy immune system. Thank you for the informative review and the chance to win.

  5. The first meal I would make with this if I'm the lucky winner, is homemade spaghetti sauce. yummy.

  6. This is for me. I don't have one.

  7. What a neat kitchen tool! I'd love to win.