How To Peel and Chop Garlic

Resist the urge to buy pre-chopped garlic; it has a harsher flavor, making your pesto taste mediocre. Instead, keep fresh garlic in a cool place and follow the steps in this video for a quick peel and chop.

What You Need

  1. Check cutting board
  2. Check chef's knife
  3. Check garlic
  4. Check garlic press
  5. Check garlic peeler (optional)

Follow These Steps

  1. Peel off papery layers

    Peel away as many of the skins as possible and discard.

  2. Press into a tight garlic bulb with the palm of your hand

    If cloves are tight and can’t be easily pulled free, use the ball of your hand to press and roll the garlic against your cutting board to loosen the cloves.

  3. Peel the cloves

    Slice off the end of the clove, where it was attached to the bulb. Then place the clove beneath your chef’s knife and whack the knife with your other hand; this will loosen skin. Remove and discard any skins.

  4. Chop the garlic

    Start by slicing clove. For a fine chop, hold the tip of the knife with one hand and use the other to rock blade back and forth over your slices.

  5. To mince garlic, use a garlic press

    For garlic that’s almost pulverized, place clove into garlic press and press down until the whole clove comes through the holes.

    Tip: Finely chopped garlic releases more juices, which add flavor.