How To Peel and Chop Garlic
Start by separating the cloves.
Place the garlic on its side. If you place the garlic on a cutting board that's actually what will happen to the garlic, it will stand on its side.
Hit it with the heel of your hand.
You might need to hit more than once.
And now you have the loose cloves.
Now it's time to peel and chop the garlic clove.
Cut off the stem out of the clove, the ugly end, by placing the clove on the board and just cutting it off.
Now place the knife over the garlic clove
and hit it with the heel of your hand to smash the garlic. Some people actually hit the clove with the knife.
It will look like this.
Hold the tip of the garlic with your finger
and just shake it off or hit it with the knife and the garlic will fall out of its skin.
TO CHOP: Smash the garlic clove again with the knife.
Make cuts both ways, lengthwise ...
... and along its width.
Then using a rocking motion chop the garlic to your liking. Look at the placement of my hands on the knife.
You can also use a chopping motion, like hitting the knife over the garlic without doing the rocking motion.
Keep scraping the garlic that gets stuck on the side of the blade, back on the board, and keep chopping the garlic.
And there you have it. Finely chopped garlic.
Posted by Amelia De Mello, M. Ed.