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The Olive Oil Hack That Makes Chopping Fresh Garlic Easier
To make the process of chopping and mincing fresh garlic go more smoothly, coat the garlic cloves, the blade of your knife, and your fingertips in olive oil before getting started.
Garlic typically reacts with your skin and sticks to it. Olive oil contains lipids, which loosen the bond that forms between your skin and the garlic.
You can also rely on olive oil spray for a cleaner application and to avoid slippery spillage. Other types of cooking oil will work great as well since they also contain lipids.
However, olive oil does offer some unique nutritional benefits, like being a source of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. It can also impart different flavors to dishes.
You can even make a bottle of garlic-infused olive oil by cooking the oil and peeled, smashed garlic cloves in a saucepan over low heat until the garlic turns brown.
Once cooled, you can remove the cloves, strain the oil as you transfer it into a bottle, and add your choice of fresh herbs for extra flavor. Be sure to store it in the fridge.