How to Peel Garlic the Super Simple Way

Smelly fingers are a thing of the past with this quick and easy method for getting to the meat of the garlic bulbs.

Peeled Garlic (close-up shot) on vintage wooden backgroundPhoto: Shutterstock / HandmadePictures
Photo: Shutterstock / HandmadePictures

Garlic is one of the most beloved and widely used seasonings in the world. It’s a staple of countless foods and condiments, including salad dressings, sauces, soups, marinades and, of course, garlic bread. Native to Central America and belonging to the genus allium, garlic is well-known for its curative and medicinal properties: one of the oldest natural remedies of its kind. Its health benefits are legendary.

We all know peeling garlic can be cumbersome and always leaves your fingers coated with the stinky oil that hangs around for days. A small price to pay, perhaps, for the delicious aroma and flavor it brings to our dishes.

But there is an easier way. Quicker, too. And guaranteed to leave your fingers stink-free.

Step 1: Get a jar

A small jar with a lid will do the trick.

Step 2: Add your bulb

This method works with a full bulb of garlic placed inside the jar, but can also be used for just a few cloves at a time.

Step 3: Close the lid

Screw the lid of the jar on tight.

Step 4: Grip tight

Take a firm hold of the jar.

Step 5: Shake it up

Shake bulb or cloves in the jar like crazy for 20 seconds or so.

Step 6: Empty it

Open the jar and tip out the contents.

Step 7: Peeling is complete

You’ll see the cloves are now separated from the paper-like covering.

Step 8: Slice, dice or cook whole

Your garlic cloves are ready to use any way you please.

That’s it. Done. The super simple way to peel garlic.

Now have at it. Simmer your garlic to release its gorgeous scent. Make it the star flavor in a delicious garlic soup. Roast potatoes smothered in aromatic garlic sauce. Or nibble on a classic—freshly baked garlic bread. You could down the garlic raw to help relieve a cold, or eat some daily for better digestion.

However you choose to use them, enjoy concocting with your cloves of garlic, peeled the quick and super simple, non-finger-stinky way.

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