Preparing Fresh Garlic
You can chop garlic, you can smash garlic, you can even put it through a garlic press, but using fresh garlic really is worth a couple extra minutes of prep time. The flavor of fresh garlic is superior to the stuff that comes pre-chopped in a jar.
Garlic comes in buds that break apart into cloves. Buy garlic that feels firm and hard, not soft. Garlic cloves should have very little give when you push on them with your finger.
1Break off a clove, put it on a cutting board, and smack it with the flat side of your chef’s knife.
The peel should come off easily.