Breaking the bulb: Begin by removing the outer layer of the garlic. With stem pointed into work surface and bulb at a slight angle, press down and away with the heal of your hand. This will break the garlic bulb into "cloves".
|Peeling the clove: First trim off the root end. Twist the clove between your fingers to loosen the skin. Once the skin has loosened, remove.|
If the garlic is fresh, loosening the skin tends to be more difficult.
The clove can now be cooked whole, or it can be sliced, chopped, minced, or smashed.
The intensity of flavor of fresh garlic depends upon how the garlic is prepared, for example:
|Mild Flavor||Sliced Clove|
|Full Flavor||Minced Clove|
|Intense Flavor||Smashed Clove|
Leftover garlic cloves. After the garlic has been broken from the bulb, store in a cool, dark place. It will keep for 3 to 10 days.