What is the easiest way to peel garlic? That is the question I ask myself every time I’m working through the layers of paper thin coating that is stuck to outside of a clove.
Why are garlic skins so stubborn, though? What is the easiest way to peel garlic? There is an easier way to peel your garlic even without a garlic peeler or a garlic presser. If you get your hands stinking garlic (it’s unavoidable at times), there is an easy peasy way to get rid of the smell. Here is how to peel garlic; take a look!
The Knife Smash Method
- Separate the garlic cloves you will be using and place them on a flat surface.
- Place the flat side of a chef’s knife on the clove. Ensure that the sharp side of your blade is facing away from you to avoid accidents.
- Press the knife down using your palm so that the clove is crushed. Do this quickly but carefully with a light blow to ensure you don’t crush the garlic completely. The goal is to separate the garlic from the skins.
- Remove the knife and peel the skins, which are now lose using your hand. The peels will separate as a single unit, and then you can crush or chop your garlic accordingly.
This is the best hack someone ever shared with me. It’s a second job with excellent results. The downside, however, is the trick is efficient if you are peeling one or two cloves. Anything more than that will be time-consuming and tiring.
We can all agree that any dish always tastes better with a heavy dose of garlic. Here is a trick to peel a lot of garlic with ease.
The Shake-n-Break Method
- Start by separating the cloves of garlic from the bulb, depending on how many you need. Separate the whole bulb into individual cloves.
- Put your cloves into a jar with a lid and close it tightly.
- You can also use two metal or ceramic bowls instead of a plastic jar. When using containers, small to medium bowls work best as the cloves need to bang against each other.
- Shake the container or jar vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Ensure you can hear the cloves banging against each other. It’s even better if you are using a transparent container to shake until you see the skins peel off.
- Open your jar and pour out the garlic cloves. The skins should have peeled off or loosened so you can remove them easily using your hands.
- If some of the cloves have not peeled or loosened, put them back in the container and continue shaking vigorously until all the skins peel.
Easy right? This trick is especially useful if you need to slice the garlic after removing the peels. Also, avoid using a plastic container if you have other uses for it as the smell of garlic will rub off on it.
Bonus Tip: How do you remove the smell of garlic from your hands?
If you have to touch the garlic during peeling after using any of the two hacks, you can quickly get rid of the smell. Wash your hands under cool running water. Rub your hands on anything made of stainless steel like a spoon, fork, or the kitchen sink, and there you have it!