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Pressing a food involves applying force onto the object, with the goal of either extracting oils, juices, or just breaking the food into smaller pieces. Although this can be done by hand, machines are typically used to achieve a proper press.


Difficulty to learn: Easy/Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

Pressing foods can have a variety of uses. Using an olive press is essential to extracting the oils, thus making olive oil. Pressing fruits can extract delicious juice. Pressing other ingredients, such as garlic, can break it up for use in a recipe. With each food there exists a different way to press it. Think about what food you are attempting to press, which object would help you press it, and what your desired end result is. A garlic press could be used on a small portion of a different food. It’s all relative.

What You Will Need:

Pressing olives to get olive oil is an extremely laborious and expensive task, so we are assuming you are trying to press an easier food such as garlic. In this case, you would need:

  • A clean surface
  • A garlic press (or fork)

Basic Steps:

  1. Wash your garlic.
  2. Peel the skin off of the garlic. It generally starts to peel away after a few good whacks. Use a knife (carefully) if you need some extra help.
  3. Put the garlic into the garlic press and close it. Voila! Pressed garlic! If you are using a fork, simply press down hard on the garlic a bunch of times. It might be messier, but if you don’t have a garlic press this is your best bet.

Tips For You:

  • If you are pressing more complicated foods such as olives, take your time and do some research on the best methods.

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