Garlic is well known as an ‘all purpose’ ingredient when it comes to savoury cooking. Most recipes will at least contain a pinch of garlic just to add flavour and several recipes use garlic to give the dish that extra kick. However getting garlic to work can be a pain if you don’t want your hands, house and cutlery to stink of garlic for the next few days. Here are some tips to help you get along better with garlic that will hopefully make things a little easier the next time you decide to add it as an ingredient in a meal!
Preventing Garlic Smells
Use the back of a knife to smash garlic cloves inside a resealable plastic bag to prevent your cutting board and knife from smelling of garlic. If you have a stainless steel sink, if you ever need to touch garlic with your hands, rub them on the sink for around half a minute before washing them as the stainless steel will help to absorb the garlic odour.
Buying and Cooking
Fresher garlic has a sweeter and better taste. The freshest garlic will have a firm tissue-like skin with no bruises on the skin and there shouldn’t be any soft or shrivelled parts on the garlic.
Make sure to slice garlic as opposed to mincing it when you want to sauté it as mincing it will make the garlic burn easier.
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