By David Shaw

Minced garlic is made by pressing garlic cloves into a garlic press or food processor. The garlic is then chopped or pressed into small crumb like pieces. Likewise, you can also mince garlic by finely chopping it with a chef's knife. Garlic is usually measured in cloves. Recipes often call for a certain amount of cloves to add to your dish while cooking. In standard cooking measurement, the amount of the minced garlic being measured depends on the size of the garlic clove. One large garlic clove makes 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic. A small clove produces 1/2 a teaspoon of minced garlic.

Minced garlic extracts more flavor once it is cooked.

Step 1

Determine how many garlic cloves are needed to cater to the specific recipe. Place a garlic clove into the garlic press and squeeze the handle to crush the clove into minced garlic.

Step 2

Remove the minced garlic from the basket of the garlic press and into a jar or bowl.

Step 3

Use a teaspoon to measure the amount of minced garlic needed for the recipe. Depending on how cloves of garlic the recipe calls for, use the standard cooking measurement to determine the amount of teaspoons necessary to equal the amount of garlic cloves.

Step 4

Scoop the minced garlic from the bowl or jar using the teaspoon. Run a knife or your finger across the top of the teaspoon to remove the excess minced garlic to ensure your measurement is exact. Pour the teaspoon of minced garlic into your dish. Add the minced garlic to your recipe as needed to equal the amount of garlic cloves in the recipe.