This former meat pounder tool comes in handy for a few prep tasks. For prepping garlic for use in cooking or dressings, a gentle tap will separate the cloves from the bulb and a gentle tap release the paper skin from the clove. Using more force will crush the garlic to a pulp. If doing more than one clove (and don’t we always) its good to place the clove in a new dry areaof the board from the previous smashed clove as it tends to splatter otherwise. This is great for pitting olives, a medium tap will separate the olive from the pit. This is a convenient tool for making the “Olivaise” since there are quite a few olives to pit. For ginger, cut into thin coins, place on the cutting board and a single bash will make pulp.