Garlic: What You Don't Know about Pressing Garlic

It's probably safe to say that garlic is a staple in many kitchens, it's strong taste and aroma lending to some of the best main dish recipes from lasagna, pasta and stir fry recipes. This article on "Garlic: To Press or Not to Press," is an interesting recipe test, on whether there is any difference between minced and pressed garlic.

In the test kitchens at Fine Cooking the chefs are alway hard at work trying out and testing new recipes. When it comes to garlic, which they use plenty of most will say that they mince over using the press. Some say that a press creates a better garlic flavour, but in the test kitchens no one seems to use them, so this chef wanted to see if there really was a difference in the recipe. For the test a garlic toast recipe was used by cutting the garlic clove in half and pressing one side, and mincing the other by hand. Next the garlic was mixed with amounts of butter and salt and spread on some crusty bread and baked until both sides were toasty. To read the results of the garlic toast recipe test you'll want to go to the Fine Cooking website.

Garlic whose close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive, has been used by humans in all sorts of recipes for over 7,000 years. Native to central Asia, garlic has long been a staple in recipes in the Mediterranean region. Garlic has also been traced back to the Ancient Egyptians, for use in food recipes and medicinal purposes. Garlic has long been known to help in the prevention of the common cold, along with other beneficial health benefits. Garlic scapes are removed to focus all the garlic's energy into bulb growth. The scapes can be eaten raw or cooked, they give a nice burst of garlic flavor to whatever you add them to.

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