Mincing ginger and garlic has become difficult for my aging hands. I used to think nothing of grabbing my knife to chop these flavorful powerhouses. But my painful hands have me rethinking how to mince ginger and garlic.
How to mince garlic and ginger the easy way?
We tried several methods to mince garlic and ginger. It turns out the easy way to mince garlic and ginger is to use the Magic Bullet. The Magic Bullet is quick, takes less hand strength, and cleans up easily.
Garlic and Ginger Gadgets
Once I left my knife chopping behind, the first thing I tried was a garlic press. The garlic press seemed to work fairly well with garlic, although it was a chore to clean.
Pressing the ginger through the garlic press was a whole other matter. It was just too difficult for my arthritic hands to press the ginger through. Eventually squeezing the garlic through the press became painful, too.
I started to use less ginger and garlic. But frequent reminders of the health benefits of garlic and ginger motivated me to find alternate ways to keep ginger and garlic in our diets.
Video: Easy Way to Mince Ginger and Garlic – Try the Magic Bullet
Can you Mince Garlic in a Magic Bullet?
You can mince garlic in the Magic Bullet, and you can mince ginger, too.
I searched the Internet for a way to mince garlic and ginger without putting much stress on my hands. The food processor method seems popular, but I hesitate at the thought of dragging out my food processor.
So, I tried mincing ginger and then garlic in my Magic Bullet. It worked great with minimal stress on my hands!
How to Mince Ginger and Garlic in the Magic Bullet
Easy Mince Ginger
First, peel the ginger. (I use a spoon to scrape the skin off, but you can use a peeler or a knife.)
Trim off any dark spots with a knife and cut into smaller pieces.
Then add the pieces to the Magic Bullet and screw on the Cross Blade.
Pulse until minced.
Easy Mince Garlic
First, I peel the garlic more easily with one of these Silicone Garlic Peelers (pictured below). Just insert the garlic cloves into the silicone tube, press down onto the tube with your palm, and roll back and forth a few times against the cutting board or counter.
Once you have peeled the garlic, trim off the stem end and any dark bits.
Then add the garlic cloves to the Magic Bullet and screw on the Cross Blade.
Pulse until minced.
Freeze Minced Ginger and Garlic
Mincing ginger and garlic in batches and freezing saves me time in the kitchen. I use a teaspoon to measure out portions and place in a zip lock bag. Then I press out the extra air and then freeze the bag flat in the freezer. Once frozen you have little teaspoon-sized portions of ginger and garlic ready to use in recipes.
Cooking is easier when you already have your ginger and garlic minced and pre measured. I use up my frozen ginger and garlic at a fast pace. So I usually have a few bags going at once. If you do too, try writing the date on the bag so you know which ones to use up first. Both should last a few months in the freezer, but I tend to use them up faster than that.
Worth Mentioning: The NexTrend Garlic Twister
In my search, I happened across the NexTrend Garlic Twister and thought I had to try it. I really wanted to love this little ingenious culinary helper. And I do to an extent.
The Garlic Twister is big enough to hold onto and the top is shaped in a way that’s easy to grasp. It’s by far the easiest to clean of any garlic gadget I’ve tried.
How the Garlic Twister works
Add a couple of peeled garlic cloves to the bottom section of the Garlic Twister.
Put on the top and twist the top and bottom while pressing the two halves of the Garlic Twister together.
Once the cloves are minced, twist the Twister back and forth to make two triangles of the minced garlic.
The triangles are easy to scoop out with a spoon with no wasted garlic.
The Garlic Twister is ingenious and easy, and fun for mincing garlic. But twisting slices of ginger was more difficult for my painful hands. My hands just don’t twist and press well enough to enable the Garlic Twister’s little teeth to cut through the ginger.
If you are younger and have strong hands, this ingenious little tool might work great for you. It is fast, a snap to clean, and would be a terrific solution if not for my arthritic hands.