And with your hand, give it a little tap-push action. You don’t want to beat the clove to smithereens (we’ll get to that method in a second), you simply want to apply enough pressure to loosen the skin from around the clove.
Now grab that wily little clove and gently remove the papery skin. It should come off quite easily now that you’ve applied a bit of pressure. Idn’t the naked thing just the cutest little clove you’ve ever seen?
Now here is where you have some options.
Option 1: You can take that cute little clove and toss it into a garlic press for some instant minced garlic action. This happens to be my method of choice but I know not everyone has a garlic press at the ready, so that is where the next option comes in.
Option 2: For a quick and easy way to mince those cloves right up, skip the step of loosening the garlic skins. Instead, remove the garlic clove from the head of garlic, like shown in the first couple of steps, and again, place it rounded side up on a cutting board. This time after you place the flat of the knife on the clove…
You are going to apply all the force known to man and smash the garlic right out of that garlic. Go ahead, slam your hand down on the flat of the knife – hard enough to flatten the garlic clove. It will look something like this. You can see how this time the clove has been pretty much obliterated, but that’s what you want because it makes mincing it easier.