Garlic Chopping 101

February 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Posted in How To, Video | 17 Comments

My wonderful hubby dumped wine all over a head of garlic last night. I found the soaking wet garlic this evening when I went to make spaghetti and meatballs. For some reason wine drenched garlic didn’t appeal to me. I love wine and I love garlic, but … no. So, I thought to myself, what am I going to do with this garlic.

Ohh I know. Make a garlic chopping video.

I have never used a garlic press and I secretly enjoy the fact that my hands stink of garlic after chopping it. I also love chopping anything I can get my hands on, so I chop my garlic. I have a draft of the cooking class I went to a few weeks ago. It’s the blog post that does not want to be written/finished, but what better way to incorporate a little of that class than to show you how I learned to chop garlic.

I’m sure a lot of you know this and think wow someone missed the bulletin. Well maybe I did, but I know some others don’t know this culinary trick so I made a not so good video. I also don’t ever cut onions or tomatoes or much else into bits because I don’t like to eat them.  I like the flavors so I leave them big so I can pull them out/eat around them easily.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

I apologize in advance for the lighting being crappy and the fact that I’m on the floor. There was no where on my bitty counter to set up my tripod. It’s not like I’m using this garlic anyway.

Don’t laugh …



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  1. You are absolutley officially adorable. Cutting off your fingers is a bad idea kids, listen to Ms. Nikki!

    You ain’t the only one who missed the bulletin, I didn’t know how either. Thank you!

  2. The video is a great idea! My sister keeps telling me I should make little YouTube videos for cooking/baking. Love it!

  3. Tartlet – that’s Mrs. TYVM did you not see the bling

    Chelley – You totally should! It’s fun to make an ass of yourself on the internet

  4. Loved the video! I always have trouble chopping garlic and for some reason it never occurred to me that I should do it the same way as chopping onion (minus the tears).

  5. Yeah, but Ms. has that kind of scary, bossy sound to it!

  6. Ok as long as it sounds more bossy

  7. This is how I chop my onions and how I was trying to teach someone else…so now I don’t have to make the video! I usually buy a jar of pre cut garlic because I hate it when my garlic starts to grow leaves. I’m also a fan of the smush and chop method, but this works too.

  8. Awesome video! This is the same way I cut onions. I’ve never done it with garlic before. I’m a member of the smush and chop or use-a-press clubs.

  9. You really scare me sometimes.

  10. You are too cute sitting on the floor doing your little garlic chopping thang. ditto everyone else. I never thought to chop garlic like that. Love the video. When’s the next installment of “Don’t cut your fingers off with Nikki”? 😉

  11. Ohh that’s what I’ll call it. I’m the idea guru, you’re the naming guru. We are such a great team

  12. ^ oh fo sho.

  13. love the video! you are too cute 🙂 someone had once told me to chop my garlic like that, but i prefer the smash and chop method… it really doesn’t take that long!

  14. G – you married me … you love it
    CB – oh yes
    MrsPresley – That’s what I always did, but this is so much easier and I still find it surprisingly enjoyable

  15. I can’t wait to see this video (Youtube is blocked at work). I could have used it last night when I had to chop garlic.

  16. I secretly love the garlicky hand smell too hehe

  17. Too cute! I’ve never thought to cut my garlic that way and have always just bought the pre-cut jars of it. I may have to try it!

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