Using your fingers, open and separate the cloves from the garlic root.
Take one clove and lay it flat on a chopping board. Place the flat side of a chef's knife over it and lightly press to crush and loosen the skin from the clove.
Peel the skin away from the clove and discard.
For Crushed Garlic: Place the flat side of a chef’s knife over the garlic and press to crush again.
For Sliced Garlic: Keeping the knife in one hand and the other on top of the blade, run the knife slowly over the clove, from left to right, to slice them to your desired thickness.
For Minced Garlic: Keeping the knife in one hand and the other on top of the blade, run the knife repeatedly over the cloves, from left to right, to mince them to your desired size.