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How to Mince Garlic

Garlic gives a nice kick to many recipes, and is a very healthy herb. Mince it like a pro with these chef secrets.


  • Step 1: Release cloves Pull away the cloves from the bulb of garlic.
  • Step 2: Peel the skin Peel the skin from the individual cloves by cutting off the stem and then pressing down on the clove with a side of a knife blade. Remove the skin after it releases.
  • Step 3: Smash the clove Smash the peeled clove with the side of the knife to start to break it apart.
  • Step 4: Rock a knife Rock the blade of a large knife back and forth quickly across the smashed garlic, using your free hand to steady the top of your blade. Continue chopping until the garlic is minced.
  • TIP: Add salt to the garlic before you chop. Salt acts as an abrasive and can help the garlic break down more easily.
  • Step 5: Do it the easy way Use a garlic press to save time. Peel the cloves and pass them through the press, using a knife to trim away any garlic that clings. A microplane grater can also work wonders, allowing you to grate tiny pieces of garlic in no time.
  • FACT: Garlic is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

You Will Need

  • Garlic bulb
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Garlic press
  • Microplane grater
  • Salt (optional)

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