Chef Jade here to bring you another cooking tutorial for a kitchen basic….Peeling and chopping Garlic.
Since you’re already are an expert with the chef’s knife due to our cutting Onions tutorial, today we’ll learn how to use it to peel and and chop Garlic.
You may think cutting Garlic would be the exact same for an Onion, but you would be wrong. The trick to cutting Garlic has to do with your process of removing the skin…It can be a real hassle… and being able to cut the clove small enough, so your final dish has Garlic flavor, but not Garlic chunks.
Now if I convinced you that this skill is necessary, which it is, if want to be an amateur Gordon Ramsey, then check out my step by step:
- For today’s recipe, we will need a knife, a cutting board, a medium pan, and a cooking spoon.
- Choose a fresh garlic head… dry and firm to the touch is what you’re looking for.
- Place the garlic head with the roots upwards and use both of your hands to flatten the head and set the cloves aside. This will help crack the skin of the clove.
- To peel each clove you must do the same movement, but instead of using your hands, you must use a knife to flatten every clove and “break down” the skin.
- The skin must be loose by now and you should peel it using your knife or your fingers easily.
- After peeling every clove, let’s chop it!
- Cut every clove in half and again, use your knife to flatten them against our cutting table. Make some horizontal cuts and then some vertical ones and remember how closely you cut is how small you want your results.
- Repeat the previous step with every garlic glove and you’ll end up with some beautiful chopped garlic.
TIP: You can peel and chop several cloves of garlic for all-week preparations and store them in a small jar with some olive oil in the fridge.
So, what dish do you plan on making with this garlic. Some homemade spaghetti sauce perhaps? Tell me on social media with the Hashtag, #Jadescookingtips.”
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