Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Review of Calpholon Garlic Press from CSN Stores

Even before my endeavors in cooking from scratch, I had begun to use garlic a lot. I spent three summers in Peru in my single days, and had the opportunity to visit there a couple of years ago with my husband to visit old friends and even explore more of that beloved country. While we were there, I learned first hand from a wonderful Peruvian woman how to cook some of my favorite Peruvian recipes, including Lomo Saltado. That's when garlic became a regular thing in our kitchen. I was using so much, I tried to prep and store it like my Peruvian friend, which was to get a whole bunch of it, chop it up in the blender, and store it in a sealed jar. I found it hard to process and store like that so often I was just peeling and chopping it which is very time consuming and difficult. I also discovered that you could buy already minced garlic in jars, which was very appealing to me even though I want to cook with fresh ingredients as much as possible. Finally I learned of the existence of the garlic press. I'm aware that it's not a new invention, but I'm fairly new to all things kitchen, so I was pretty excited!

I debated much over which garlic press to review from CSN Stores. Finally I settled on the Calphalon Garlic Peel and Press because I hate peeling the garlic even more than chopping it! It's hard to get and it gets stuck under your fingernails and often even cuts the skin.
Among the many recipes we love that involve garlic, Vietnam Fried Rice from More With Less Cookbook happens weekly around here. The first step is to sautee some garlic so I took some pictures of how this press works while I was at it.

Here it is fully extended so you can the piece that presses the garlic.

You just insert the garlic into the chamber. This is a small clove of garlic, but I tried bigger ones too and it worked great.

Then just center the press over the garlic.

And squeeze! The garlic will stick to the bottom so I just take a fork or butter knife, or whatever utensil is close by and wipe it off into the wok.

When you open it you can see the skin still there. It's easy to peel right off, usually with one swift pull.

I truly have no complaints about this press. It's made my life in the kitchen so much simpler. It's such a small thing, but saves multiple steps to preparing a FRESH from scratch meal while also saving my fingers from smelling like garlic and getting the peel under my fingernails.

I love the fact that it is dishwasher safe and has a lifetime warranty! The soft handles make it comfortable to use as well.

I also wanted to share my experience with CSN Stores. This was my first time going through the check out process and I was truly impressed.

The things that I liked the most were:

-CSN Stores asks you to share for each product if you have found that product for cheaper elsewhere. Therefore, the prices are always competitive and often lowering. As a frugalista, I dig that.

-The check out process was smooth and user friendly. I had a promotional code to use for the review items and I didn't have to wonder how to use it. Everything was very clear.

-I was REALLY excited about how quickly everything shipped! No need to stalk the mailman when you order from CSN Stores. I would definitely recommend CSN Stores and would use them for future purchases myself.

This is not a paid post. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. I received this product at a reduced price due to a balance left on my promotional code (gift card). You can see my general disclosure here.

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