How to Crush Garlic

Peeling the garlic
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When you see a clove of garlic in the stores, the proper way to crush it may look a little confusing to someone who has never done it before. It actually is a very easy process and worth it to use fresh garlic in your next recipe that calls for it.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1-2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Place one clove of garlic on a cutting board, leaving skin on.
  2. Take a knife that has a wide blade and place directly over the garlic clove.
  1. Using the palm of your hand, press down hard, making sure to keep your hand away from the blade of the knife.
  2. Remove skin as, at this point, it can easily be removed.
  3. Chop garlic into small pieces.
  4. Lay knife against chopped garlic, and using the blade, press down hard to both press and cut the garlic into a finer consistency. Do this for the entire pile of garlic you have chopped.
  5. When consistency is as desired, knife may be used to scoop the garlic from the cutting board. Again, be careful with the blade of the knife.

Tips:

  1. If you would rather not use a knife to crush the garlic, any flat, unbreakable object can be used. Some people use the bottom of an unopened can or a meat tenderizer.
  2. Salt is good to sprinkle over the surface of the cutting board or over the clove of garlic itself. It helps to both soak up the natural juices that are released when crushed and also to steady the clove under what could be a slippery knife.

    What You Need:

    • sturdy knife with wide blade
    • salt (optional)