We all have certain jobs we'd rather avoid in the kitchen, and chopping garlic ranks highly on the list of unpleasant culinary chores.
However, with this clever chopping trick you can get perfect garlic pieces every time — and hopefully avoids nicking your fingers!
At the launch of the new Zyliss Control range of knives, chef Natalia showed us her most effective method of cutting garlic, and it's easy to copy at home.
First, you need to crush the garlic with the side of your knife. This will allow you to easily peel off the crispy shell.
Next, slice the garlic lengthways. Crucially, you must leave one end unsliced, so the garlic still holds together.
After you've sliced the garlic one way, you then cut it in half, as demonstrated below. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the knife as you don't want to cut yourself — a good knife should slice straight through with only a little pressure applied.
Finally, chop the garlic! You should be left with neat, even pieces perfect for adding flavor to your dish.