Garlic offers great nutritional benefits but, the health promoting compounds in garlic can be destroyed during the cooking process. Well, most of us aren't about to start eating raw garlic. So, what do you do?
The way to protect the health benefits of garlic is to peel and crush your garlic cloves bout 15 minutes before you're ready to cook it. This article goes into a more detailed explanation of why crushing the garlic ahead of time allows chemical compounds associated with garlic's beneficial health effects to remain in tact during cooking.