Sleek, solid, and well-designed; produces a lovely fine mince of garlic and ejects the papery peels.
It’s expensive, and the plastic parts look a little flimsy.
If you can navigate one or two quirks, this is a really nice garlic press that usually keeps your fingers from getting all garlicky.
The problem of getting garlic out of the peel has spawned a minimarket of gadgets: presses, rollers, grinders, and rockers, not to mention those jars of pre-peeled cloves (or worse, pre-minced ones). The Australian kitchenware company Dreamfarm has its own solution, a modified garlic press that’s also a peeler called the Garject. The mash-up name (garlic plus eject) says it all: This is a simple, old-fashioned, two-handled garlic press with a Peel Eject button attached to a scraper that's supposed to sweep the peel away, keeping you from having to go in with your fingers to dig it out, like you have to do with a regular garlic press.
The Garject is made of chrome-plated die-cast zinc, with a nylon plastic crush pad and peel ejector and scraper in two color options (Fire Truck red or Charcoal black). It looks a bit sleeker than ordinary presses, but otherwise has similar outlines. Closed, it measures slightly longer than 7 1/2 inches and just under 2 inches high. It weighs about 3/4 of a pound and is dishwasher safe.
We tested the Garject with a whole bunch of unpeeled garlic cloves. Here’s what we found:
It feels sturdy and has a nice weight, plus it’s easy to use. You can cram a few cloves in there, and it only takes seconds to press them into a fine, uniform paste. The length of the Garject’s arms makes pressing easy, and since the arms are rounded, if you need to apply extra pressure they won't dig into your hands. Even if the peel scraper is out of position when you squeeze, the Garject is designed so the scraper won't get caught on the eject button, but instead slide right over it. And not having to dig into the reservoir to get the peels out does feel pretty awesome.
Still, the eject button and scraper piece seem a little flimsy. We’d be concerned that, after a lot of use, they’d crack or snap off from being tossed into the gadget drawer. Also, the scraper piece doesn’t have much tension, so the actual scraping is pretty light—we found that a few unpressed garlic pieces still got stuck in the crush pad.
We found that the eject feature works best when you've crammed at least two medium cloves (or several smaller ones) into the Garject. The peel from a single clove can sneak under the eject piece.
And be careful with that Peel Eject button: We accidentally pressed it while trying to squeeze the Garject’s arms together and our cloves bounced right out.
To sum up: At its most basic, the Garject is a very good garlic press. The scraping and ejecting features do actually work, if you're careful of the quirks. And we love that you can cram several unpeeled garlic cloves in there at one time (which is exactly what you need to do to get the Garject to work optimally). It's expensive, but if the Garject gets you to put down the jar of chopped garlic and use fresh, we think it’s worth it.
Photos by Chris Rochelle