How to Peel, Slice, and Chop Garlic

Learn the best hacks and tips to prepping an essential base ingredient: garlic!

 

Garlic is a pantry staple that is used as a base aromatic for many dishes. Here's a guide on how to prep it from peeling, to slicing, to chopping! We have a hack for peeling garlic in large batches, and a simple trick to keep garlic from sticking to your knife. 

 

How to peel a garlic clove:

 


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With a paring knife, slice off the two end of the garlic clove.

 


2

 Carefully peel off the skin.

 

 

 

How to peel a large amount of garlic:

 


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1

  Smash one bulb (or more) of garlic.

 

2

  Place garlic cloves in a bowl (stainless steel works well), and top with another bowl.

 


3

  Shake vigorously for a few seconds.

 


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4  Pick out the peeled garlic and discard the skin.

 

 

How to slice garlic:

 


1

  With a chef's knife, run the tip of your knife through the garlic.

 

2

 Remember to keep the tip of the knife on the board.

 

 

How to chop garlic:

 

Version 1

 


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Smash a garlic clove with the flat body of your knife.

 


Chop through.

 

Version 2

 


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1

  Slice through horizontally once, keeping one end intact.

 


2

  Slice through vertically, keeping one end intact.

 


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Flip the garlic clove perpendicularly and slice through vertically.

 


4

  For a fine mince, run your knife through the garlic several times

 

Tip: Add a pinch of salt to avoid garlic from sticking to your knife.

 

 

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