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...is it really that much trouble to peel garlic?

asked by @winedineLondon about 4 years ago
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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added about 4 years ago

no, i dont think so.

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added about 4 years ago

It depends on the garlic. Yes, those fat cloves in the US are not too much trouble, but try peeling enough Indian garlic for a large dish. The tiny cloves are much harder to fuss with, and whenever I am in India I try to enlist at least one dedicated garlic-peeler as an assistant! I can definitely imagine using pre-peeled sometimes in that situation.

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added about 4 years ago

I find it an annoyance.

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added about 4 years ago

A soup can does wonders for smashing cloves right out of their little skins. My method of choice, since I rarely need the aesthetics of a whole, peeled clove. It also breaks the cloves apart, making it easier to pick out the bitter green inner shoots. I know the heavy end of a chef's knife is the classic choice, but hitting a knife blade with the palm of my hand...makes me squeamish.

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added about 4 years ago

For a single clove. Pinch both ends with index and thumbs. Twist while applying pressure. It should loosen up to give you a clean clove that's also intact, making it easier to slice and/or dice.

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Reiney

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added about 4 years ago

Depends on how fresh it is and what you're going to use it for. If you need the garlic clove completely intact, and the skin is really stuck on there, it can be a pain. But if you are just mincing it anyway, the smashing with a side of a knife trick works for me.

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Greenstuff

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added about 4 years ago

For some applications, I far prefer not to smash the garlic clove. Smashed garlic is a lot stronger than cut. And that Saveur trick works without smashing, but it does leave the cloves kind of bruised looking. Yes, peeling garlic can be time consuming and a little sticky. But that's what I generally do.

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Diana B

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added about 4 years ago

Did you mean this to be an answer to this post: http://www.food52.com/hotline...

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added about 4 years ago

When I'm just using a couple of cloves or a head of garlic I'll peel them myself, if I'm using more than that sometimes I'll buy a pound of pre-peeled from the asian grocery. There was a month or so when the garlic I was getting at the supermarket had tiny little cloves that were hard to peel and had thin skins that were difficult to separate from the garlic once smashed... not sure what was up with that.
I wouldn't buy the pre-peeled individually packaged cloves though, that just seems like a huge waste of resources.

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added about 4 years ago

@greenstuff: depends how hard you smash. If you just whack it hard enough to split the clove and open the peel, it won't be too strong - the strength of alliums depends on an enzymatic reaction, so the finer the preparation, the more enzymatic conversion happens, the stronger the taste. So lightly smashed is milder than sliced, which is milder than minced, which is milder than pressed - and all of them will be stronger if allowed to sit for a few minutes before adding to the dish.

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added about 4 years ago

I enjoy every aspect of preparing meals and purposely choose slow over fast. Before I retired I found cooking a great calming way to unwind and leave the office in the office.
Good music and wine for the cook is also a must
So, peeling a few cloves of garlic is a pleasure.
Use good stainless steel utensils as a natural cleanser of the garlic smell on your hands.

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boulangere

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added about 4 years ago

In How to Eat Supper, the wonderfully ebullient Lynne Rosetto Kasper tells the story of a friend's garlic rock - literally a flat-bottomed rock that she uses to smash cloves of garlic so that (a) the skins slip right off, and (b) they're ready to mince easily. Sure, the flat side of a knife, or a bench scraper work great. But I collect rocks shaped like footprints (long story for another time), and the story is so great to recount when I have a kitchen full of people for whom I'm cooking.

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added about 4 years ago

I use a tap with my meat pounder when the cloves are hard to peel. And I agree that the zen of cooking is a great way to unwind.

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added about 4 years ago

btw, I'm with Jacques Pepin on the little green garlic shoots -- just leave 'em in! Not worth the bother to remove them and I have never noticed any bitterness from them. If it's good enough for Jacques..

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added about 4 years ago

I will cut the very end off each clove then turn 90 degrees and make slice, just through the skin, lengthwise. Then peel. Takes about three seconds.

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QueenSashy

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added about 4 years ago

No :)

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QueenSashy

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added about 4 years ago

No :)