Working with garlic
First for the peeling - simply take your clove, lay it on the counter, place your (big) knife side ways and hit with the heel of your hand to smash the garlic. You don't need to smash it to smithereens, just enough to crack it. Then simply remove the skin (it will almost fall off). If you are afraid of using your knife, take a small glass or bowl.
If a recipe calls for whole garlic, smashing it is actually ideal, it helps all those yummy flavours come out.
This trick works great for ginger too!
Next time you need some garlic try these out, you just may be impressed. :)