Remember playing with Play-doh as a child? You may have used a device to press it into hair or spaghetti. That toy press is similar to the garlic torture device that plagues kitchens today. Garlic should never be placed in one of these gadgets. Nor should garlic ever be smashed with the back of a knife. These techniques expose garlic’s alkaloid sulfur compounds to air which allow them to be easily oxidized. This turns the garlic bitter. Discerning palates do not like oxidized garlic.
Here is a quick and easy technique that allows more garlic to be used in a dish without the bitter oxidized bitter flavor.
First cut root end off of the clove.
Take paring knife and split garlic in two halves. If bitter green sprout is present, remove it with tip of knife.
The cut skin comes off easily.
As you can see, peeling garlic is easy – and no torture devices are required. The garlic can now be chopped or used as is. I like to use whole split pieces of garlic; these will develop and sweet flavor, as opposed to a bitter, overpowering, oxidized garlic flavor