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Quick video: how to chop and crush garlic

Published: January 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

Learn how to chop and crush garlic properly in just 20 seconds (watch the video above). You'll need some sea salt to get it right.

Step-by-step guide: how to peel and crush garlic

  1. Chop your garlic clove in half vertically, then roll the clove onto its side keeping both parts together.
  2. Slice finely along the vertical of the clove to make thin shards of garlic.
  3. Chop once more to make the garlic pieces as small as possible.
  4. Put a pinch of sea salt flakes on top of your pile of garlic.
  5. Use the side of the knife to scrape the garlic into a paste - the salt acts as an abrasive.
  6. Why not use your newfound skill in the recipe below?


30 minutes, serves 4, easy

onion 1 large, finely chopped

garlic 3 cloves, 2 crushed, 1 halved

olive oil

aubergine 1 large, diced

courgettes 2, diced

red pepper 1, diced

chopped tomatoes 400g tin

cherry tomatoes 250g

basil a small bunch, chopped

sourdough bread 8 thin slices

step 1

Cook the onion and crushed garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan for 5 minutes. Add the aubergines and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the courgettes and pepper and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir through the basil.


step 2

Toast the sourdough, rub with the garlic halves and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Serve with the ratatouille.

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