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Kitchen wisdom: how to prepare garlic

by Sarah Alcock

Garlic can be sliced, diced, crushed or bruised – but which is best to use when, and how to go about it?

A bruised clove of garlic is often included in roast or stewed dishes and is usually removed after cooking, so you can leave the skin on. Put the garlic clove on a chopping board and press down on it with the flat of a large knife until the clove cracks open.

Slicing garlic gives a hint of flavour to a dish without overpowering it. Remove the root and tip from the clove then peel off the skin. Use a small knife to slice across the clove as thinly as you can. Slices of garlic can also be fried and used as a garnish for salads and curries.

For a medium intensity of flavour, peel and slice your garlic, then, using a large knife, chop it into small pieces.

Crushing brings out the full flavour of garlic. Use a garlic crusher or dice the garlic, sprinkle it with a little sea salt, then use the edge of a large knife to mash to a paste on a board.

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You may love the taste of garlic, but you don't want the smell lingering on your fingers. Rub your hands with a little lemon juice, then rinse under cold water (hot water will open up your pores and make the odour sink in further!)

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