1 Separate the cloves quickly by placing the garlic bulb root-side down on a cutting board and pressing down on it firmly with the heel of your hand until it separates.
2 Cut away the woody end of the garlic clove where it was attached to the bulb.
3 Discard the skins and clean the cutting board before mincing.
4 First chop the garlic roughly. Use the same theory as with an onion:
5 Make a series of horizontal cuts on the clove (separating it into thin slices), then a series of vertical cuts (separating it into thin sticks). Then dice the sticks.
6 Mince the chopped garlic by chopping it with a rocking motion: Keep the tip of the knife on the cutting board and move the handle up and down.