Peeling garlic is fun. Not only do you get to take out any pent-up aggression on the poor, unassuming garlic cloves, you can pretend you’re on a cooking show.
With your non-dominant hand, hold the handle of the knife steady and place the palm of your dominant hand flat on the part of the knife that has the garlic underneath it. In one quick, firm movement, press hard on the knife blade with the heel of your hand.
This crushes the garlic, making it easier to chop or press, and it lets you pull the papery skin right off! Or, you could always grab one of these!