Garlic paste is useful any time you want to add a pungent garlic flavour and smooth texture to any dish. Most chefs and home cooks make it with a technique that involves dragging the edge of a chef's knife across a cutting board, but Food & Wine demonstrates a new way of making the stuff that changes everything.
Justin Chapple shows off the method in the video above. It's amenable to small or large quantities, and -- best of all -- doesn't leave you with a garlicky mess to clean up. Simply place peeled garlic cloves and salt into a seal-tight freezer bag, seal the the bag, and pound it lightly with a mallet. Using a rolling pin, roll the crushed garlic into a paste. Behold! You have garlic paste for building braises, dipping sauces, salad dressings and more.
If you use this stuff frequently, you can make a lot of it and freeze it in pre-portioned amounts for easy use.
How to Make Garlic Paste in a Baggie [Food & Wine]