Garlic Prep Tools

progressive classic styled garlic press

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While many chef's need nothing more than a sturdy chef's knife for prepping garlic, consumers seem to love the many tools on the market that help make the task of garlic prep a little easier. There are a slew of tools for peeling, chopping, mincing, pressing, and even baking. Peruse our list, perhaps you'll find a new gadget that's right for you.

Garlic Peeling Tools  

Garlic peelers are used to shred the fine skin off a garlic clove.  Garlic is sticky and the paper thin skin can be difficult to remove.  Typically pros prefer to smash the garlic with the flat side of a knife blade then lift the peel away from the clove. This smashes the clove to release the oils and removes the peel in one simple process.

E-Z Rol Peeler

If you have a lot of garlic to peel, or you don't like your hands smelling like garlic.. you may want to try this classic roller-style garlic peeler.

e-z roll garlic peelerThis handy little gizmo peels garlic for you. Simply insert the garlic in the tube and roll it back and forth until you hear a slight "cracking" sound.   This is the peel breaking away from the clove.  

This tool makes quick work of peeling and keeps your hands clean in the process. It is particularly handy if you're preparing one of those 40-garlic-clove recipes.

Oxo Tube Peeler

oxo garlic peeler

The tube style garlic peeler has been on the market for over 20 years.  Oxo has contributed their peeler, a slight variation that comes with a tidy little case.  These products can be found at Amazon.com as well as Bed Bath and Beyond.


The Garlic Press

progressive classic styled garlic pressThe traditional garlic press is used with a peeled clove of garlic (see advancements) and creates a thick glop of garlic paste. This thick paste will add a strong flavor to your recipe. The residual fibrous strands can be picked out of the bottom of the press. 

Advancements - Newer versions of this style press can press the garlic, peel and all.

Garlic Baker

clay garlic bakerThis is not one we consider an essential tool. This baker allows you to cook one bulb of garlic in either the oven or the microwave then displayed on the table. You can easily bake garlic in any small glass or porcelain dish.  But it is pretty.

Common Garlic Terms

  • Smashed - A peeled clove of garlic is pressed against a hard surface with the back of large flat knife OR using the heel of your hand.
  • Peeled - a clove of garlic with the thin, papery skin removed
  • Pressed - a peeled clove of garlic is placed in a garlic press tool and smashed until the pulp and liquid is extracted.
  • Minced - a peeled garlic clove is finely chopped into little pieces about 1/8" in diameter.
  • Bulb - A whole head of garlic with all the little bulbletts attached.
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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.