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Video:How to Peel and Chop Garlic

with Tim Minor

Fresh garlic adds a flavorful punch to savory dishes. Learn how to peel and chop garlic with a quick, time-saving tip.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Peel and Chop Garlic

Hello, I am Tim Minor for About .com Food, and today I will show you some nice, safe techniques for chopping garlic. The garlic clove, a very delicious root vegetable, can be used as a base in almost every kind of food you can imagine. Italian food... it is everywhere.

Remove Garlic From Peel

We are gonna want to just rip it open, get this outer skin off. Get rid of that, nobody wants to eat that. It kind of sticks to everything, so you want to make sure it does not get in the finished product.

What I used to do, when I was starting out cooking, was just give it a gentle cut, and then try to peel it, but it is really a pain, takes forever, gets all over you. But what I have learned over the years is you can just take it, take the wide part of your knife, take the palm of your hand and just crush it. And it comes right off, easy-peasy.

Slice the Garlic

Now give it a nice slice. You want to cut it really thin this way. And just keep on chopping until you get it as small as you want.

I like a nice big chunk of garlic. Some people like tiny pieces. Depends what you are making, really.

There we go, el chopped garlique.

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