Provides intense flavor with no calorie add.
Thought to have antibiotic and antioxidant activity in the body.
Good source of vitamins C and B6.
Look for garlic sold loose, so you can choose a healthy, solid bulb. Garlic bulbs should be plump and compact with taut, unbroken skin. Avoid those with damp or soft spots. A heavy, firm bulb indicates that the garlic will be fresh and flavorful.
- Peel off papery layers.
- Peel away as many of the skins as possible and discard.
- 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.
- Peel the cloves. Slice off the end of the clove, where it was attached to the bulb.
- Place the clove beneath your chef's knife and strike the knife with your other hand; this will loosen skin.
- Remove and discard any skins.
- Chop the garlic. Finely chopped garlic releases more juices, which add flavor.