When using whole garlic cloves the more I peel the cloves the more I hate peeling the cloves. Suggestions?

gege 1
  • Posted by: gege 1
  • February 5, 2012


Ascender February 5, 2012
Look for bags of fresh peeled garlic at your ethnic markets. Use what you need now, roast and mash some for use later and then drop the rest into warm olive oil and store in the fridge for 2 weeks. They will soften up and mellow over time,
susan G. February 5, 2012
I use a good garlic press sometimes, and the whole clove with the peel goes in, with garlic puree coming out. Otherwise I use the 'flat side of the knife, smash' technique -- and you can control how smashed it gets. Next time I have a fresh head of garlic, I will try the two bowl/10 second technique. That was listed on the food52 "top 52" article -- http://www.food52.com/blog/2888_the_food52_52. Looks like fun!
SKK February 5, 2012
Amanda and Merrill did a video on this - short and to the point and easy to do! http://www.food52.com/blog/1709_how_to_chop_and_slice_and_smash_garlic
Mr_Vittles February 5, 2012
If you're just doing a few at a time, and you don't want to wake the neighbors banging around garlic between two bowls the easiest and cheapest and safest method is to get a piece of that tacky drawer liner, you know that rubbery stuff you keep mats and rugs from sliding around, and cut it into a 5x5inch square. When you need to peel some garlic place the clove in the middle of the mat, fold over one side and using the palm of your hand, roll the clove in between the mat. It takes off the skin in a jiff and it very cheap and easy. And you feel smart. The smash method is quick, but sometimes you do not want to have a flatten clove of garlic. I have also read and heard horror stories about people cleaving their hand when attempting the smash. Its also hard on your knives.
Sara G. February 5, 2012
Here's a video on using two bowls to peel garlic. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d3oc24fD-c&feature=youtube_gdata_player
boulangere February 5, 2012
I smash several at a time with the flat side of a bench scraper. The skin slips off, and the cloves are ready to mince quickly.
Greenstuff February 5, 2012
Or put them all in a covered pan and shake hard.
bigpan February 5, 2012
Or, pop into a microwave for about 5 seconds and the peel will slip off with no effort.

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amysarah February 5, 2012
Whack their sides with the flat side of a chef's knife. The peel will practically fall off.
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