The materials used to make garlic presses have remained basically the same over the years (steel, cast aluminum). And while the design of this utensil has evolved to offer more ergonomic and aerodynamic models, the greatest change is found in their functionality. There are now models that trap the green core or germ, using a system of serrated teeth. Otherwise, traditional, multifunction garlic presses can be found with a nutcracker function, thanks to serration on the inside of the handles, a fish scaler, or even a cherry and olive pitter function provided by a pointed plunger.

Crushed garlic can be used as a condiment to accompany cuts of lamb. Garlic adds flavor to vegetable pies and sautéed beans, and combines well with chocolate, particularly the very rare black garlic with subtle hints of licorice.