Garlic is often that one ingredient that can transform and elevate a meal from a satisfactory taste level, to a grandiose sensation. Garlic is one of those “secret ingredients” that professional chefs keep coveted. We’ll show you how to pick out the perfect garlic bulb and how to chop, slice, and mince garlic like a pro.
How garlic can make all the difference in your meals
Garlic is an ingredient that’s been around for centuries. From ancient health remedies that incorporate superstitious claims about garlic to modern day chefs who swear by it to make a masterful meal, garlic is a mighty influencer in culture and taste.
Do you know how to incorporate garlic into your own meals? You can’t just simply toss a whole clove into a pot and hope for the best. There’s a little bit more strategy to cooking with garlic, and we’re happy to give you everything you need to know to prepare garlic like a professional.
If you’re shopping for garlic at the market, you’ll want to pick out a head of garlic that is firm and heavy for its size. And when you’re storing garlic, store it in a cool, dark place, not the refrigerator.
Cooking with fresh garlic is much better than purchasing already-chopped garlic. Garlic that is pre-chopped often has a more harsh taste and flavor.
Before you begin to work the garlic with your knife, break the garlic up into its cloves and be sure to peel all of the skin off with your fingers. To make the peeling process easier, smash the garlic clove with the side of your knife
Press down on the stem of a head of garlic to loosen the cloves. Next, pull a clove of the garlic from the head and place it onto the cutting board. Crack the papery skin of the garlic with the side of the blade of your knife.
Begin cutting from the root end of the garlic and use a steady, rocking motion of the blade to work the rest of the garlic. Some of the garlic will get stuck to the knife and you’ll want to remove that garlic so that you can chop it. Remove the garlic from the knife, but be careful not to cut yourself.
There’s a bit more strategy to slicing garlic than chopping it, because the intention is to get it to a particular shape. Begin by cutting each end of the garlic clove off. Use your knuckles as a guide to cut the thin slices off of a garlic clove. Continue to work the motion from one end of the garlic to the other end.
Mincing is just a fancy way to say, “chop into very small pieces.” If you want to mince your garlic, begin by making lengthwise cuts with your knife down one side of the garlic. After this, take the excess garlic off of your knife, (with care), and continue to mince the garlic until the end result is really small pieces. Minced garlic is great for pesto or sauces.
Spicy Garlic Steak Fajitas
Now that we’ve given you the knowledge about how to prepare garlic, you can test these skills with a meal kit for delivery. Our Spicy Garlic Steak Fajitas with chimichurri sauce, avocado, and cumin-lime black beans is an authentic northern Mexico meal that is absolutely delicious. It’s built around free-range Mexican beef, an array of chiles like chipotles and poblanos.
Fajitas originated in northern Mexico, where cowboys and cooks seared green chile rajas with onions and thinly sliced grilled steak over a wood fire in a wok-like metal pan called a “disco.” Fajitas were often served with a garlicky chimichurri sauce and avocado.
Let Chef Deborah Schneider, the creator of this meal, show you her secret chef tips to make this masterful meal.
Now you can prepare garlic like a professional chef
Did you know that April is National Garlic Month? Now that you know how to prepare garlic, which meal kits are you excited to order? Do you know any superstitious tales about garlic? Start the conversation with us. Leave a comment or a question below.
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