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7/6/12 9:39 A

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I may try what Bobby does, crushing it with the salt and the side of the knife and deducting the salt from the recipe.

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7/6/12 8:01 A

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I was just watching Ann Burrell mash garlic again, and I have no idea how she manages to turn it into such a paste with one hit on the side of her knife. I mean, I can crush garlic that way, but she's, like, HULK SMASH on those cloves! It's like she hit them with a sledge hammer! I know it's not that I have wimpy knives, because I have professional quality Wusthof blades. That woman's upper body strength must be fantastic.

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7/5/12 10:32 P

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I have a food mill that I use a lot - for mashed potatoes, gnocchi, pureed veggies. I love it! I do not use a garlic press though - just the flat side of my knife.

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3/11/12 5:52 P

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Me neither. I wonder if there is a special trick or we have wimpy knives.

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3/11/12 12:07 A

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I've tried the Food Network trick of crushing garlic with the side of my chef's knife. Well, either I'm feeble or I get particularly sturdy garlic, because I haven't been able to make it work yet.

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3/10/12 11:11 P

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My kitchen gadgets consist of a great set of knives and kitchen sheers as well as a yellow enamel lemon juicer that I use for both lemon and limes as I use a lot of these juices when cooking. Outside of that it is just my usual wooden spoons, ladel and my mothers metel cooking fork. I had lots of other kitchen gadets and found they were not needed and just took up space.

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2/15/12 11:31 A

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I don't use too many gadgets really, but I'm always fascinated by them at the store! Lol I'm cheap like that. Separate eggs with the shell, and buy garlic minced, in the jar. I do have a press but I don't use it!

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2/15/12 1:30 A

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I don't have anything against gadgets (except a limited amount of drawer space, lol) but I don't use many. I was trained to chop or crush garlic with my knife, and to separate eggs with their own shells...now it's habit.

One gadget I do use, and love, is a fat separator. I like to make my own broths, and bases, and this is an essential "gadget" for it.

It doubles as a measuring cup (not that I use it for that) so I guess it meets Bobby's standards, lol.

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2/12/12 12:47 A

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I don't have a garlic press because I do avoid most single use gadgets, though I do love my lemon squeezer. And my apple slicer. Okay, maybe I do have single use gadgets....

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2/11/12 9:03 P

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I love my garlic press because it saves oodles of time over mincing the garlic. But most of my other gadgets are multi task gadgets. I, too, separate eggs with my hands. I find it's the easiest way.

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2/11/12 6:06 P

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Most gadgets I've bought on impulse never delivered and ended up at a yard sale. I do like my garlic press as I like it finely minced, and like Bobby I like my mango pitter. I like things that have multiple uses. I don't have that much storeage space to have a bunch of one function gadgets. Alton Brown is big on only using multi-task things. I separate eggs with my hands.

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2/11/12 5:52 P

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I couldn't live without my garlic press. I've been using my grandmother's for 20 years and it broke a couple of weeks ago and I was just heartbroken. Good thing my niece had a Pampered Chef party, I didn't have to think about what to buy and I got off pretty cheap.

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2/11/12 5:09 P

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I always thought a garlic press was mandatory, but on Food Network I've yet to see one. I have an egg separator, but again nobody uses them on TV (in fact, Chef Meg laughed at the whole idea in the Spark cookbook). Bobby Flay says he doesn't like single-use gadgets (except his mango pitter).

Does anybody else use gadgets like these?

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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