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Solving problems with garlic

To prevent sticking when mincing garlic, sprinkle the garlic with salt, using about 1/8 teaspoon for 3 cloves. The salt will help absorb the liquid in garlic, making it less sticky. Adjust the salt in your recipe as necessary. Burning could be avoided when sauteing by chopping the garlic fine. Large pieces of garlic are more likely to burn than small ones. Also, avoid adding garlic to hot oil. Add the garlic and oil to the pan at the same time. Then proceed to heat.

Removing garlic odors from the hands after handling is not hard. Rub your fingers over a stainless steel spoon under running water. Any stainless steel surface will work. This trick also works with onions, leeks, and other onionlike vegetables in the allium family. You can also rub your hands with lemon juice and salt (provided you have not cuts on your hands). Or, keep a bowl of coffee grounds near the sink. Dip your hands in to get rid of garlic odors. To remove garlic odors from a cutting board, scrub with a paste of baking soda and water.

Having meetings after a garlic meal could be embarrassing, and to remedy the garlic breath, chew on fresh parsley leaves, on chlorophyll tables, or on fennel seeds. Or drink some lemon juice (tempered with a little honey, if desired). you can also eat some lemon or lime sherbet.

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00:02:00 on 05/05/09 by Webmaster - Cooking Guide -