DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO BUY ONE? I just struck out again at a big cooking store with lots of different presses. The FORTUNA is the BEST garlic press, so easy to use and to clean and to store. It's far superior to any other I've seen. It's faster and easier than a knife. It's an ingenious design, efficient yet very simple, compact , and light.
In addition to the label "FORTUNA, A. Ahner, Austria," mine says "Made in Italy" on the other handle. I bought mine 25 years ago in a cooking store in Berkeley. I've been sporadically looking to replace it for a dozen years, ever since my then toddler dropped it from his highchair onto the floor, breaking off a bit of the smashing grill, making it a bit less efficient.
Caroline has written on this site: "To my great amazement, I can't find a garlic press even similar to mine anywhere on the internet! It's made of some sort of almost shiny cast metal, and inside one of the heavy handles it says, "FORTUNA, A Ahner Austria." It really is quite ingenious and convenient. You close the handles to press the garlic, pull them far apart to ream it clean. I bought it in the sixties or early seventies, and for back then, it was fairly expenisve... About ten bucks, as I recall. After looking at all the models available today, I'm feeling really lucky! Does anyone else have an old garlic press anything like this? " & in another post she wrote:
Jim has written in response: "I found this site while doing a patent search for the garlic press you own. I saw them about 30 years ago and bought all 6 that the store had, which I distributed to my sisters, mother, myself and a couple friends. I have never seen another like it since.
Dear Caroline & also Jim, & all readers,
Dear Caroline & also Jim,
In addition to the label "FORTUNA A Ahner Austria," mine says "Made in Italy" on the other handle.