Sprinkle some salt on the cutting board before you chop garlic – it will collect the juice and you can use the same salt to season the dish. + VIDEO How to peel a head of garlic in less than 10 seconds.
Cutting the garlic in salt also helps to stop the garlic moving around while you cut it and to keep the board clean.
Chefs often salt wooden cutting boards after service to absorb the strong aromas that cutting food leaves behind.
When you are whizzing garlic in a blender or food processor for garlic oil or garlic salt, you don’t need to peel the cloves.
VIDEO: SAVEUR magazine’s Executive Food Editor, Todd Coleman, shows you how to peel a whole head of garlic in less than ten seconds using the two bowl trick.