Do you know how to peel garlic quickly or do you avoid fresh garlic so you don’t have to peel it at all?
I used to buy jars of pre-chopped garlic because I hate peeling garlic. It feels like it takes years when I am hustling to get dinner done. I use a lot of garlic in my recipes so the problem is not trivial.
I learned a method years ago from an Italian chef. She laughed when she saw me slowly attempt to peel the papery skin off. She taught me the use the flat side of the knife method.
You break apart the cloves and then press down with the heel of your hand on the flat part of the knife on the clove. The pressure downward causes the garlic clove to break open.
The clove ends up smashed but it will pop right out of the peel. This has been my go to method for about 28 years. I smash and then pull off the peel.
Here are my results:
But, an old dog CAN learn new tricks because I recently came across the microwave method and I am sold.
All you do is put the garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds. Doing this gives you two results:
1. The garlic almost falls out the peel.
2. The garlic mellows and loses its bite.
Do you fear raw garlic? Well, you don’t have to! Try making my hummus recipe without tahini with the perfect almost soothing garlic.
I was so excited that I made a little video (no ads) to show you how fast this is. I peeled three garlic cloves in 16 seconds.
Instead of smashed cloves – you have perfect cloves ready for anything and much less sharp tasting.
So, stop buying pre-chopped garlic and start using the fresh stuff. The flavor of fresh garlic is much better and you have 16 seconds to peel garlic. Yes, you do!
How do you peel garlic?
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