How do you mince, smash, or purée garlic? While some Chowhounds simply use a knife and cutting board, others use specialized gadgets to get just the right results. CanadaGirl uses a garlic press to mince or mash—it works even with unpeeled cloves. Ditto greymalkin, who likes to crush a few cloves of garlic straight into a pan without dirtying a knife and board. For thin slices, escondido123 prefers a garlic mandoline, a tiny slicer designed just for garlic. And Becca Porter likes a simple gadget called a garlic twist, a hand garlic grinder with only two parts. She finds it gets much closer to a true mince than the garlic press—and it's harder to break!
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