Photo: Randy Mayor
Keep the smell of garlic off your hands by chopping it in a plastic bag. If you've ever tried one of those stainless steel gadgets that's supposed to remove garlic oils (and fragrance) from your hands, you've probably been let down. To prevent the bouquet, try this nifty trick involving a zip-top freezer bag. Place peeled cloves in the bag, and seal; smash with the flat side of a chef's knife, as shown. Then use the dull side of the blade to "chop" the garlic into small bits, or continue to smash for larger chunks. Open the bag, turn it inside out, and voilà: chopped garlic that has never touched your skin. This works for anywhere from 2 to 40 cloves.