I might have more "Quick Hints" for you from time to time...usually when it's been awhile since I've written and think it might be awhile before I get to again :-)
So....minced garlic. Ugh...I hate mincing garlic. Peeling, smashing, cutting...what a time waster. Although I love garlic in just about everything but chocolate cake...I never used it very often because it was such an incredible hassle. Then I figured out a trick that changed my life forever. Too dramatic? Ok, I figured out a trick that changed my savory recipes forever.
About twice a year I buy a giant tub of peeled garlic cloves from our local discount bulk store (Sam's Club is the only option where I live).
I dump the garlic cloves, along with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, into the food processor attachment to my blender and grind away.
Then, I fill up one jelly jar to store in the fridge and as many others (or plastic containers) and load up the freezer.
Now, whenever a recipe calls for garlic (or whenever I feel like adding it) I just get the jar from the fridge and dish out a scoop.