I love me some garlic!
How do you know when garlic is fresh? What’s the easiest way to peel the cloves? I get these questions all the time. Lots of people are drawn away from fresh garlic because it just seems like so much work. I promise, it’s not!
PICKING GARLIC: You want the cloves to be tightly attached to the bulb. They should be challenging to remove, you should really have to dig your fingers in between each clove to get them off. If the cloves easily fall off the bulb, it’s not fresh. Also, once the cloves are open and you’ve chopped it up a bit, the stickier the garlic, the better!
REMOVING THE SKIN: Place one clove at a time on your cutting board. Take the side of your knife and place it firmly on top of the clove. Make a fist with your other hand and with one swift movement, pound on top of the flat side of your knife, crushing the garlic. It will look something like this.
Garlic is great in dressings, marinades, roasted over meat, chicken, or thrown on veggies! It’s got many positive health benefits, and it’s a great way to add lots of flavor to your food without adding the calories!
Some of my favorite recipes with fresh garlic include…