A small amount of garlic goes a long way.
Crushing or mincing garlic releases more essential oils than just slicing the garlic. The more oil released, the stronger the flavor. Cooked garlic has a much softer and sweeter flavor than raw garlic, which can have a bit of a bite if too much is used.
This is what sliced, minced and crushed garlic looks like.
You need a garlic press to crush garlic. The price of a garlic press can range anywhere from a low of about $4.00 to a high of about $25.00. Mine was $8. Many of the expensive ones have nubs so that when you flip the press back on itself, it helps to clear the garlic out of the little holes. It’s helpful but not essential.
Put the peeled garlic into press.
Close the press.
Squeeze hard until all the garlic is pressed through.
A garlic press isn’t useful for doing much but pressing garlic, but you’ll be surprised at how much you use it. I think it’s worth getting one!
When it comes to mincing or slicing a clove of garlic, first choose a knife you are comfortable using. For some people, it will be a small paring knife like this.
Try to make the slices as thin as possible. (There are some movies where you see people slicing garlic with a razor blade to get the slices really thin!)
Once the garlic is sliced you can then mince it. Use a chopping motion with the knife, holding down the tip.
You will need to carefully brush the garlic off your knife, as it tends to pile up on the knife as you continue to mince.
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