Chopping garlic

Watch Steven Saunders take garlic from head to puree in this quick techniques video.

Break up the garlic bulb by thumping it or pressing down heavily using the side of a knife.

To remove the skin from a clove, put it on a chopping board and lay the side of a cook's knife on it. Push lightly to break the skin, then pull away.

For sliced garlic: finely slice the garlic widthways.

For chopped garlic: chop the garlic roughly, then sprinkle with a little salt to help break the garlic down and continue chopping until very fine.

For crushed garlic: finely chop the garlic, then use the side of the knife blade to press the garlic against the board, making a smooth paste.