Garlic Crusher

The garlic crusher

The garlic crusher can crush breakfast cereals just as effectively as garlic

ESSENTIAL USER NOTES

Another one of the many kitchen utensils whose primary purpose is reflected in its name, the garlic crusher is a two-handled hinged device used for small-scale squashing operations around the kitchen. Very similar in appearance to the cardamon press, and sometimes confused with the nutcracker, olive stoner, and cherry stoner, the garlic crusher is in fact believed to have evolved during the medieval period from the Transylvanian hole-punch.

The garlic crusher is easily distinguished from other similar cheffery implements by the presence of fine holes at the base of a recessed crushing-plate into which small vegetables and other ingredients may be placed and subsequently crushed by squeezing its handles together.

Despite outward similarities, the garlic crusher is impractical for use cracking nuts, especially ones that don't fit into the recessed crushing-plate. It is also not effective as an olive or cherry stoner as rather than stoning anything it partially crushes the fruit instead. However, the garlic crusher excels at producing pulp, or small, thin pieces, of a wide variety of soft ingredient types. As well as crushing garlic, the garlic crusher is an efficient means of crushing many cooked vegetables, salad items, soft fruit, pastry, butter, eggs, Marmite and rice pudding. It can be used to pulp any vegetables, cakes or bread that have been pre-softened by parboiling, and can also be very effectively used to strain individual small vegetables and pieces of pasta.

The garlic crusher has found specialist uses worldwide. In Japan, for example, modified garlic crushers are used as specialist crisp-manipulating tools for noritegami, while in parts of China they are used to squeeze-dry certain fish and to shred beansprouts and water chestnuts for microchefery products such as miniature spring rolls. In Italy, they are used for the production of fibrovermicelli, a very thin type of pasta that is knitted into shapes prior to cooking. In the small town of San Luigi, on the patron saint's feast day, these are woven into special balaclavas which are the only items worn by the young men of the town as they run through the streets while from open windows, and for reasons lost in obscurity, the other townsfolk pelt them with olive oil, ground black pepper and grated parmesan.

Modified garlic crushers are especially effective tools for producing fibrovermicelli.
Use this utensil to make Black Forest Eggs With Garlic Apple Crostini, but only if you do not use ready-made garlic bread.

QUICK START GUIDE

DO:

  • use the garlic crusher to crush garlic;
  • use the garlic crusher to crush other soft vegetables, salad, fruit, fish, and a variety of other ingredient types such as breakfast cereals, mashed potato and rice pudding;
  • use the garlic crusher to drain individual small vegetables and pieces of pasta;
  • use modified garlic crushers for various microcheffery applications, and for the manufacture of fibrovermicelli.

DON'T:

  • use the garlic crusher as a nutcracker;
  • use the garlic crusher as an olive stoner or cherry stoner;
  • use the garlic crusher to crush items larger than the recessed crushing-plate in the garlic crusher;
  • if you are a young man, and do not wish to be seasoned, do not go to San Luigi in Italy on the feast say of that particular saint.

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