Peeling Garlic

Typically I do the smash and mince method when cooking with garlic - which also makes it easy to get the skins off. But, what is the best way to skin a clove of garlic when the recipe calls for thinly sliced garlic which would not work with the smash and mince method? While skinning garlic last night I kept thinking there had to be an easier way then trying to peel it with my fingers...

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Droplet
Droplet September 19, 2011

Soak it in a small bowl of water for a while before peeling and the peel comes off very easily.

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Niknud
Niknud September 19, 2011

Have you ever tried one of those rubber tubes thingies? They sell them at williams-sonoma and you just put the clove inside the tube and roll it around. The skins stick to the rubber and you have a non-smashed, yet peeled clove of garlic! I keep one around for exactly that use - because normally I am a dedicated knife smash and mincer like you.

Here's a link: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/search/results.html?activeTab=products&words=garlic+peeler&cm_sp=OnsiteSearch-_-GlobalNav-_-Button&type-ahead-viewset=ecom

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sdebrango
sdebrango September 19, 2011

Love that Droplet, I had the same issue last night with some garlic cloves. Great tip!

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EmilyC
EmilyC September 19, 2011

I trim off both ends of the garlic. You still have to peel with your fingers, but cutting the ends off makes the cloves much easier to peel.

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CarlaCooks
CarlaCooks September 19, 2011

You can still use the smash method, but use a lighter pressure on the knife so you don't smash too much. I've also used Droplet's method, though I find using hot water works better.

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There'sAlwaysPie
There'sAlwaysPie September 19, 2011

Thanks for the great tips! Niknud - I'd always wondered if those things work - glad to hear that they do!

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ChefJune
ChefJune September 19, 2011

hmmm never heard of tat soaking method. I cut off the root end and then it's usually pretty easy to get the rest of the skin off. A few light taps with the side of your knife also helps loosen it.

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Helen's All Night Diner
Helen's All Night Diner September 19, 2011

I store my fresh garlic from the garden in the freezer, it keeps from sprouting that way. It thaws in a minute or so on the counter. Trim off the root end & the skin pops right off. I tend to slice my garlic very thin rather than chopping. If you slice it while it's still semi frozen, it's much easier. Similar to slicing partially frozen meat...

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There'sAlwaysPie
There'sAlwaysPie September 19, 2011

Helen's A-N-D, that's a great idea - including the thought of fresh garlic from the garden...I've never tried growing garlic here in Florida but if it worked I bet it would be delicious!

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totalkathy
totalkathy September 20, 2011

Get 2 small stainless bowls, put garlic in one, cover with other bowl, dome side up, hold together, shake it like crazy. The banging, peals garlic like crazy! I have also put in a lidded plastic container and shook the heck out of it. The metal is more effective. They will be completely naked garlic cloves.

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chairmanhu
chairmanhu September 20, 2011

I've heard that zapping them in the microwave (*gasp*) for a few seconds makes for easy peeling.

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creamtea
creamtea September 20, 2011

I cut off both ends, slice in half lengthwise, slide out the germ with the point of the knife and slip each half out of its peel.

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Summer of Eggplant
Summer of Eggplant September 20, 2011

Felix is (gasp) right. Hate to admit it but this is what I usually do, about 5-10 seconds in the micro is all it takes. Also the tube thing Niknud mentions works OK as well as blanching each clove. I enjoy peeling garlic as much as I enjoy peeling shrimp or pumping gas or going to the dentist....

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Butternut
Butternut September 21, 2011

The rubber tube device is fantastic. Best $8 hostess gift ever. Pops into dishwasher for easy clean up, too. Just don't press too hard, or roll on a damp countertop. Any moisture, inside or out, is anathema to this ingenious invention.

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TheWimpyVegetarian
TheWimpyVegetarian September 22, 2011

I've done the soaking method for years and it's been a great way to go especially for the small cloves. It's such a time saver when you have to do a ton of them, as I do a pretty quick soak of just a minute. I've also found this a great way to peel shallots if I have a lot to do.

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lacerise
lacerise September 22, 2011

As Jacques Pepin says, once you cut off the dry end of the clove and exert light pressure w/your knife, the skin slips off pretty easily.

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a Whole Foods Market Customer

After you get the cloves peeled you can use a mini mandoline slicer. I bought this tiny slicer/grater thinking it would be yet another kitchen gadget that would end up in the recycle bin, but I absolutely love it. It makes the tiniest, thinnest garlic slices. I love to slice up a bunch and fry them up all golden and crispy to top salads and soups. It's easy to use, about the size of a chef's knife, and all three parts come apart for easy dishwasher clean-up.

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davidpdx
davidpdx September 30, 2011

Found a video of totalkathy's method. Amazing! http://bit.ly/pnFyJC

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