Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peeling Garlic the Easy Way


Do you grow garlic in your garden?  I have, but garlic does best with full sun - a luxury we don't have in our veggie beds.  When I've grown garlic here it was delicious, but the bulbs were very small. 

Mom and her Garden Buddy grow garlic every year, and share some of theirs with us, both fresh, and their homemade garlic powder.  We like to call it Life-Changing Garlic.  Yep - it's that good!

If you're like me you may love cooking with garlic, but could do without the peeling.   Here's a quick, easy tip I learned a couple of years ago for peeling it the easy way, in just seconds.  It's easier and neater than the smash-and-peel method, and your fingers don't get all garlicky.


You'll need two same-sized metal bowls.  Medium-to-large-sized bowls work best, as you'll want some space for the garlic to bounce around in.  Separate the garlic bulb into cloves, and place the cloves into one of the bowls.  Place the rims of the two bowls together as in the photo above.  Use both hands to hold the rims together, and shake vigorously for 15 or 20 seconds.  Separate the bowls, and your garlic will be peeled, just like the photo at the top of this post.  That's it!  Now it's ready to slice, press, or use whole.

Did you know this trick already?  If not, try it - it works!

12 comments:

  1. What a neat trick. I didn't know about that one. I usually cut off the tip and then peel, but when the garlic is really fresh, it is still harder to do. I'll have to try it next time. Thanks! ♥ ♥

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    1. Wish I could remember where I read this so I could give credit. It's soooo easy!

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  2. Oh gosh I remember reading about this - thanks for the reminder - I will give it a try.

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    1. Works great - definitely give it a try!

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  3. Thanks for sharing such a useful tip. I shall try it as I too find peeling garlic rather bothersome.

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    1. You're welcome Stiletto! I think you'll find this much easier.

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  4. Sounds like a good technique. Mine has generally been to smash the cloves with a can of soup then pick out the peel.

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    1. I used to smash it with a knife or spoon. This is easier and doesn't leave your fingers smelling like garlic. I love garlic but don't particularly enjoy garlic-perfumed fingers!

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  5. I love raw garlic. To overpower its offensive to some aroma, I take 1 drop of Therapeutic grade essential oil of Fennel & leave it in my mouth for a while. You can do the same with your hands. It smells licorice.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Great tip Eugeniya. I love fennel - often make tea from the seeds, and grow the green, and bronze varieties in the garden.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. This will help me, immensely! the peels get so sticky and wind up on my floor, most of the time!

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    1. You'll love this Sissy. I don't miss the sticky fingers either! It really does work great.

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