1) To easily break up the cloves, place one hand over the other on top of the garlic, and push down hard. So easy!
2) To remove all peelings off the cloves, pop in the microwave for about 15 seconds, remove, and lightly shake. Works every time!
3) If your recipe calls for minced garlic, use a cheese grater. You will be done in 1/4 of the time!