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Quick Way to Chop Garlic

How to Mince Garlic the Fast and Easy Way

While watching Nancy Silverton make pesto, I had one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments. To quickly season a batch of celery leaf pesto, Silverton grated in garlic; she explained, "I like to Microplane my garlic. It's so much easier than chopping it." The next time I made a recipe calling for the aromatic vegetable, I experimented with her technique and was delighted by the results. It's a quick and simple way to infuse a dish with lots of garlic flavor and it doesn't require the hand strength of a garlic press. Genius! Have you ever grated garlic with a Microplane?

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shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Meh, I'm fast, accurate, and delicate enough with a knife.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 7 years
Yes I also have done this for a few yrs after ms ray did it. I know alot of people dislike her but I like alot of her tips! My personal tip for not zestiing my fingers is I leave the uglt brown tip on and when i get near it I throw the end aay. It keeps my fings away and doesn't waste any yummy garlic!
Frika Frika 7 years
I do this ALL the time, so easy, and I've never cut myself either (and I can be pretty accident prone) The garlic is the perfect shape to keep your fingers happy
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
A couple years ago I watched Rachael Ray do it on her show and have been using grated garlic in almost everything since. It is very easy and makes cooking quicker IMO. must be careful but you grate until you get down to the smallest nub before grating fingers. I have yet to cut myself doing this.
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
This sounds like a great idea but I get a little nervous when my fingers get too close to the grater and garlic cloves seem like they may be dangerous...Anyone have a trick to keep your fingers away from the grater while doing this???
jorelly jorelly 8 years
it also works great for onions and shallots...especially in salad dressings!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I've been doing this for a very long time now. I love it!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
i agree with Pink Unicorn! I'm real tiny and quite a weakling, and even I can easily press garlic! I will certainly try microplaning, however.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I do this all the time with my garlic. It is great for guacamole and pesto, so you don't have a big chuck of garlic in your mouth.
limelindsey limelindsey 8 years
It's my favorite way to do it....I hate big chunks of raw garlic. This way it's totally incorporated without using garlic powder (not nearly as good).
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
I like this idea a lot, but really, "hand strength of a garlic press"??? I'm a wussy little girl and I have never thought for two seconds that the garlic press was particularly hard....
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I'm on this 2nite!
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