Garlic is on the top of any list of pantry essentials. Its flavor adds to almost any mealtime dish.
Of course there are many “convenient” ways to get garlic into your cooking:
However, nothing beats the clean taste of fresh garlic.
And since garlic is such an essential, it is no surprise that all sorts of gadgets exist to make getting your garlic more “convenient”:
But the “tool” to take the cake had to be the “GarlicZoom Rolling Garlic Chopper“:
Who has the space for these one-use contraptions?!
Here’s my garlic tool:
I’ve read all sorts of tips and hints for easy ways to get the papery skin off garlic, and I’ve even tried most of them. But, I don’t actually use any special technique or tool except for my knife.
If you’re chopping garlic, you’re probably chopping onions and other vegetables as well, right? So your knife and cutting board are already in use. Getting out a handy-dandy doodad just for the garlic takes time and makes more work, because you have additional things to clean. You don’t need anything other than your knife and cutting board already at hand.
Steps to Preparing Fresh Garlic with a Knife
- Whack off the tail ends of the garlic. The skin can then be peeled off just as easily as onion skin (that is, sometimes it falls off, sometimes you have to pull it off).
- Turn the knife sideways and smash each clove with the broad side of the knife, pushing down with your palm.
- Run a fine dice with the knife all over the garlic. Just whack, whack, whack, in a see-saw sort of way, rocking the knife over the garlic every which way but keeping always one end or the other on the board (this prevents flying garlic). I hold the tip down and push up and down on the top of the handle to get the motion.
Now your garlic is ready, you do not have an extra tool to clean, and you look like a pro.