Knowing how to peel and chop garlic will improve your cooking game. I have the easiest and fastest ways to get fresh garlic into your food.
Learn How To Peel Garlic And How To Chop Garlic, the easy way. These simple techniques are a surefire hit!
The fresh and strong taste that fresh garlic gives a dish is really unbeatable. Those pesky paper skins can be a deterrent, however, from using fresh garlic … and while I’m always a fan of pre-chopped garlic in the store’s vegetable section, sometimes you want the real deal!
Peeling garlic can be really easy, so don’t let that spoil the great taste garlic can add to dishes.
Garlic really steals the show in my Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kebabs, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and Chicken with Garlic Sauce and Caramelized Shallots. Once you’ve mastered garlic peeling and chopping, you must try these recipes!
Check out my garlic conversion guide to take the guesswork out of garlic.
Let’s learn how to peel and chop garlic as effortlessly as possible!
Fresh garlic is usually sold as a clove of garlic. There are numerous cloves in the garlic tip, about 10 or so. All cloves hang on a stem at the top of the head.
The head and all of the cloves are each surrounded by a paper-like skin that is inedible. Once removed, the garlic flesh is very easy to process – grate, chop, chop, slice, mash or even keep whole.
Garlic has an intense taste that adds depth to many dishes. You can definitely buy chopped garlic in a jar, but the taste isn’t that fresh. To really get the powerful kick garlic is supposed to have, fresh garlic is the way to go.
A clove of garlic will keep for a few months in a cool, dark place so you always have something to hand. Just take it out of your pantry and you can peel and chop garlic for any recipe.
Peel and chop the garlic
There are so many different ways to peel garlic. Sure, you could peel each skin off of each clove individually, but that would take a while.
Here are a few methods that work well, depending on how many cloves you need to peel and what they’re used for.
Peel the garlic
Knife method – This is my favorite method because it is so quick and uses a utensil I already have for meal preparation – my chef’s knife. You take a clove of garlic and place it on a cutting board. Place the flat side of the knife on the garlic, then press down on the knife where it covers the garlic. You can tap briefly or just press.
When you lift your knife you will see that the skin has peeled off the garlic. Just take the skin and discard it. Your garlic is a little crushed, so it’s perfect for chopping or chopping. This method works well if you are just making a few cloves.
Shake method – This is a method that seems almost unbelievable, but it really works. It’s especially convenient and quick to peel a whole clove of garlic at once. Hit the clove of garlic against your countertop to loosen the cloves. Then cut the stem from the head and all the cloves should separate easily.
Place the cloves on the bottom of a glass jar or hard container with a lid. Put the lid on the jar or bowl and start shaking. The cloves rub against each other and after a few seconds of vigorous shaking, the cloves are free of their skin.
Don’t forget to cut off the hard ends of each clove with a knife before you start chopping. The ends don’t go soft like the rest of the garlic.
Chop the garlic
Once the paper skin is gone, you can prepare the garlic for your recipe. Most recipes require you to either chop or chop garlic. This helps to distribute the flavor in a dish and the small pieces of garlic are more pleasant to bite than one huge piece.
Minced meat – As mentioned above, the clove of garlic is already a little crushed when using the knife method. That basically started the shredding process for you. Finally, rock the knife blade back and forth over the garlic and move the knife along the length of the garlic. Go the other direction to make the pieces smaller. Chopped garlic gives flavor to a dish.
You can also use a tool called a garlic press. You put a clove or two of garlic in the press and squeeze the handles together. The garlic is pressed through small holes that crush it. This method makes it pulpier than chopping it by hand.
Chop or cut into slices – Chopping and cutting garlic cloves basically works the same as chopping, just you don’t get that small.
The cutting is done only with a knife and small slices of garlic are created. Slices are relatively large pieces of garlic and are good for dishes that cook for a while so that the flavor can mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Chopped garlic is made the same way as chopping, only don’t make the pieces so small. Use your knife to cut pieces that are chunky. This could also be achieved with a food grinder if you have one.
How to save
refrigerator – If you have more, you can always keep it in the refrigerator. Put it in a container for up to 3 days after it’s peeled and chopped.
freezer – You can also do extra prep so you can freeze it to have it handy for later. Freeze in ice cube trays or place chopped garlic on a pan and place in the freezer. After freezing, you can put the amount you need for each recipe in a bag and take it out. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 6 months. You should double-wrap it and keep it away from ice cream and other foods that may not taste good if a little garlic flavor seeps through.
frequently asked Questions
If you chop or chop by hand, you need to peel it first. You can’t work around the skin. If you’re using a garlic press, you may be able to put a clove in it – peel it and all – and squeeze out the garlic pulp. The skin will stay in the press and you will need to clean it before you can press another clove.
There are a few ways you can try. One way is to rub your hands with salt, baking soda, and water to absorb the odor. Another option is to rub your hands on some stainless steel – a spoon or your sink!
Garlic that is still skinned will have the skin darkened and you can see small green sprouts growing from it. That means it’s old and you should get fresh garlic to replace it. If you’ve already peeled and chopped it, you should be using it within a week. Definitely throw it away if it smells funny or if it has mold.