Peel and smash garlic: Use the broad side to crush the clove, remove the skin, then scoop it into the pot.
Cut open hard squash for seeding: Focus, aim, cleave!
Thinly slice veggies: Keep your wrist straight; move at the elbow.
First-Timer Tip! Try an Asian-style cleaver -- they're more petite, with a thinner, lighter blade that's easier to use!
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