Peeling and Chopping Garlic

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Peeling and Chopping Garlic
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Garlic is the basis of so many dishes, it tastes great and it's good for you. So here's the quickest and most efficient way to get it out of its skin and into the pan.

To peel a clove: Pull the clove(s) out of the bulb and place them on your chopping board. Put the flat side of the knife on the garlic clove and press down firmly to crush the clove. The skin will loosen and you can easily peel it off. If it's not loose enough, crush it a little more with the knife but don't crush the clove out of shape. Chop off the small rough bit at the end of the clove

Once the skin is off, place the flattest side of the clove on the chopping board and slice the clove into thin slices. Use the garlic this way, or continue on if you want it more finely chopped.
To more finely chop the clove, put the knife on the side of the garlic furthest from yourself. Position the top of the blade so that it sits under your hand with the blade lining up to the middle of your fingers. Keep your hand firm and steady; your thumb should be out and away from the blade. With quick chopping movements, raise the handle of the blade up, and then down into the garlic.
Repeat this step over and over again; chopping different areas of the garlic, until the garlic has reached a size you are happy with.

Aim to have the pieces about the same size to ensure consistency while cooking.
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  • Comment: Doncro

    Separate a bulb into individual cloves. Cut the top and tail off each bulb. Place in a small saucepan with lid. Grasp the saucepan firmly ( thumbs on the lid) and shake the living daylights out of it for approx. 10 secs. Make sure the shake is hard enough for the cloves to impact the inside of the saucepan. If some cloves still have skin on them just shake a bit more
    Posted: 05 Jan 2013

    Comment: franny999

    put 3 whole knobs of garlic separated in bowl of hot water let sit 10 or so minutes and you will find skin comes of very easy when peeling garlic ..then put in blender chop fine put in glass jar cover with some good oil and garlic for the whole month
    Posted: 23 Dec 2011


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