How to Mince Garlic Without it Sticking

April 3, 2014 | By | Comments (3)

garlic-bulbs_300Mincing garlic without a special kitchen tool can get messy—and sticky. Those tiny bits of garlic can stick to your knife, chopping board, your fingers and even your hair (don’t ask, it’s a long story). But there is an easier way to get the consistency you want without having to constantly un-stick garlic from you knife.

First, take a bulb of garlic, break it apart and remove the out layers of skin from the cloves. Next cut off the tough ends of the cloves where they were attached to the bulb and then start slicing. After you’ve finished slicing the garlic, add a few drops of olive oil to your pile and start chopping as usual. The olive oil will make the pieces of garlic stick to each other, but not to your work surface or fingertips.

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  1. Nancy

    Mincing sticky garlic is such a pain — I’ll have to give this a shot & see how it works. Thanks!

    April 5, 2014 at 11:37 pm
  2. leilani

    Put some salt on cutting board and smash garlic . with side of knife . garlic Will slip out of skin chop and it’s ready to go. Oh you can just remove the skin after you smash garlic in the salt . It will slip right off. Happy cooking just makes the whole process easier.

    May 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm
  3. elissamowery

    You don’t need salt to get the skin off. Just smash the garlic with the side part I the knife (sideways) and it’s a breeze to peel. No need to add unneeded salt (and taste) to your garlic.

    May 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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