Say goodbye to the garlic crusher and hello to evenly chopped garlic, less kitchen clutter and washing up by learning how to mince garlic the chef way with some simple knife skills.
All you need to get started is a head of garlic, a chopping board, a sharp chef's knife and these tips:
How to Mince Garlic
1. Firstly, smash the clove under the flat side of a chef's knife on a cutting board and slip off the skin.
2. Use a two-handed rocking motion and run the knife over the garlic bulb repeatedly until it's finely chopped. Stop here if the recipe simply requires finely chopped garlic.
3. To mince garlic to a smooth paste sprinkle some salt over the garlic heap and alternate between scraping the garlic onto the board with the side of a knife and the rocking slicing motion. In the end, you should be left with a smooth paste.
It might sound easy, but watch enthusiastic amateurs tackle mincing garlic in comparison to a chef in this entertaining clip:
Top Tip: Different techniques to mince a garlic also have a direct impact on flavour. You can also try experimenting with a mortar and pestle or a Microplane to yield different levels of intensity from your garlic.
How to Prepare Garlic in Four Different Ways
Watch Jamie Oliver prepare garlic in four different ways giving different flavour profiles in each version, depending on how you want to cook the garlic.