How To Crush Garlic



Trim off the root end of the garlic clove, being careful to cut off as little as possible.  (You basically want to shave off the dirty looking end piece.)  This will make it easier to remove the skin.



There are a few different ways to crush garlic cloves.  You can (A.) Press on the garlic cloves with the heel of your hand. (This can sometimes be a little difficult though.)



Or (B.), put a garlic clove near the edge of the cutting board closest to you, and place the side of a large knife flat against the top of the garlic clove.  (Be sure that the sharp side of the knife faces away from the hand that is not holding the knife.  For instance, if you are a righty — ie: you hold the knife with your right hand — the blade should face to the right.  For a lefty, the blade should face left.)  Carefully, with your other hand, make a fist and pound lightly several times against the knife until you have crushed or flattened the garlic clove.  (Alternatively, you can use the heel of your hand to press down or tap against the knife.)


This will loosen the skin from the garlic clove…

…so you can easily peel off the skin with your fingers.  (Make sure your hands are clean!)  Discard the skin.


Crushing the garlic will expose any green shoots in the middle of the garlic clove…

…so you can easily pull them out.  Discard the green shoots.  (These green shoots sometimes have a bitter, unpleasant flavor, which is why we remove them.)

You can use your crushed garlic as it is, or you can chop it up.

If using several garlic cloves, crush them all before you start peeling them and removing the green shoots.

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