Many recipes call for minced garlic and trying to it with a knife can be tricky. You get all kinds of chunks and I don't really like smearing it all over my cutting board. I also don't like having my hands smell like garlic for hours after I handle it. I'm going to share my secret to peel and mince garlic easily and cleanly!
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I'm pretty much a kitchen gadget freak! I love a good kitchen tool and these are two I use all the time. The one that looks like a cannoli is amazing in its simplicity and it works like a charm. It's a Garlic Peeler. No more digging your fingernails into the garlic trying to get the peel off or smashing with a knife all over your counter top. Some recipes call for whole garlic cloves and this is the answer to peeling them and having them still look nice!
How to Peel Garlic
Step 1: Put your garlic clove into the peeler
Step 2: Using medium to firm pressure, press on the garlic clove and roll the peeler back and forth with the palm of your hand
Step 3: Tilt the peeler and out comes your clean garlic clove
How to Mince Garlic
First we need to discuss the difference between minced and diced. Diced is small chunks of Garlic that you can cut with a knife. Minced is teeny tiny and really it's impossible to get a good mince on a tiny head of garlic unless you have mad knife skills. For this I use a garlic press. It's really easy and quick. Just put the garlic bulb in the press and squeeze. Scrape the edge of your knife across the press to remove any bits that don't fall off. Last night I made this unbelievable Italian Drunken Noodle from The Cozy Apron. It was aromatic and amazing! The hubby said I must make it regularly! The recipe calls for minced garlic so go on and make it and use my Quick Tip Tuesday!