Chopping Tip for Garlic Cloves and Fun Garlic Facts
Chopping garlic cloves can be one of the stickiest jobs. One tip to help lessen that problem is by adding some salt while you're chopping. This can greatly reduce the stickiness so that you end up with more on your board for your food and less on your hands and knife. Speaking of the knife, I highly recommend Fusionwood Knives. They have handmade handles, each unique and made with exceptional quality, they are very sharp, and they come guarded with a leather sheath. If you want to squeeze even more flavor out of your garlic cloves, you can use a garlic press. Many times easier than chopping and the garlic produce more flavor when pressed.
Some fun garlic facts I thought I would share with you:
1) Did you know that garlic is actually considered both a vegetable and an herb? Or that garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years since ancient Greek and Roman times?
2) Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
3) It was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
4) The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
5) The origin of National Garlic Day is unknown and it is not recorded in congressional or presidential proclamations.
6) Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
7) If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
8) The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
The How-To for Chopping Garlic
Smash and peel off skin.
Sprinkle salt on the cloves and around them on the board.
Chopping, chopping, and chopping.
Do you have any garlic tips you'd like to share?