How-To Series Tip #3: How to Mince Garlic, and deal with those pesky peels.
Oh garlic, how I love thee.
Sometimes I’m tempted to put a few cloves in cupcakes or fudge. Then I refrain, knowing I might be eating (and enjoying) the whole batch all by myself.
Garlic, does however, have a prominent roll in most of the savory dishes I cook. It adds that extra depth of flavor that takes a flat boring dish to a new level.
I used to buy minced garlic in a jar, so I didn’t have to mess with those little papery peels that never want to come off the clove… then stick to your fingers.
But if you’ve ever done a garlic taste-test, there is no comparison in jarred garlic and freshly minced garlic.
Fresh always wins.
So I finally gave in to fresh garlic and all its glory. It’s most definitely worth taking the extra minute to peel and mince a clove yourself.
But today, I’m going to discuss How to Mince Garlic using only your knife.
How To Mince Garlic
The best way to peel garlic without a special tool, is the crush the cloves on your cutting board. The peel cracks and loosen around the clove, then usually slips right off.
First separate the clove from the head of garlic and lay it flattest-side-down on the cutting board.
Then place your largest knife one the clove, parallel to the cutting board.
Place the palm of your hand on the flat side of the knife, with your fingers up for safety. Raise your hand, and come down hard….
If you plan to mince the garlic, the harder you hit the better, because it crushes the clove so it won’t roll around when you chop it.
If you would like to keep your garlic clove whole, gently tap the clove, instead of whacking it.
You should now be able to easily remove the peel.
Hold the end of the clove, with your fingers curled back like a bear claw, and slice the crushed clove to flatten it out further.
Finally, place the palm of your hand on the tip of the knife (fingers up again) and rock the blade back and forth to mince the garlic into tiny pieces.
Done! After a little practice, this technique will probably only take you 30 seconds per clove.
I often mince several garlic cloves at once and it takes no time at all!