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How to Peel Garlic

This method for peeling garlic is as quick, easy, and efficient as they come!

Garlic is used in so many dishes it is extremely useful to be proficient at peeling it quickly and with the smallest amount of mess possible.

1. Remove a garlic clove from the bulb. Interestingly, in other countries the garlic bulb is called a foot. That said, remove as many garlic toes as needed for your recipe and set aside.

    2. Then, use a knife to cut the “toenail” off of the garlic clove. Do not cut all of the way through the peel. Cut through the garlic to the peel on the other side, and then pull the clove back, away from the knife. You will have peeled off a large piece of the garlic peel.

      3. Then, place the flat side of the knife on the garlic clove. With a quick and somewhat firm chop, hit the knife with your palm. Do not press so hard that the garlic is completely crushed. Only press hard enough that the skin is loosened from the garlic to allow you to easily remove the skin. The garlic should maintain its shape. Crushing the garlic completely will cause it to not only be difficult to work with and sticky, but to oxidize and take on a bitter flavor.

        4. This garlic is perfect to be thrown into a stew or chopped further.

        Every batch of spaghetti sauce can use a bite of garlic. Toss some peeled garlic cloves into this recipe:

        Comments
        yaya1951us 
        Jan. 22, 2010 10:45 am
        HI! If you hit the garlic with a knife it will be peal better
         
        edie 
        Mar. 30, 2010 10:00 pm
        My husband does all my shopping for me. He is buying my first garlic head tomorrow.Thank you for all the information on this page.I love ,love this site.I am writing down by hand all the recipes I like.I have well over 100 recipes already. The reviews help so much too. Thank you again.
         
        edie 
        Mar. 30, 2010 10:03 pm
        I am making 2 recipes tomorrow for the freezer. Both pasta sauces.That is why the info. on garlic is so good to have....
         
        skalla 
        May 11, 2010 11:13 am
        Cut the base off the garlic clove. Hold the clove at each end and twist a couple times, the skin will loosen up, split and come away easily, with no damage to the garlic.
         
        Dec. 3, 2010 7:37 am
        Exactly what I needed to know. Thanks, everyone!
         
        bob c 
        Dec. 20, 2010 3:26 pm
        Garlic is a mild antibiotic, in Europe during the bubonic plaig,the garlic sellers didn't get sick,and people thought garlic warded off evil spirits,and mothers put cloves of garlic in little bags for children to wear around their necks to ward away sickness,that also was done here in America until the early thirties
         
        Jan. 29, 2011 5:00 pm
        Thanks for the advice on peeling the garlic cloves. Unfortunately I never thought about coming to this site for the information. I came across the information while searching for a recipe for roasted garlic potatoes thank you so much.
         
        Hesperus 
        Feb. 4, 2011 12:49 pm
        Can you freeze garlic heads? Also what do you think of garlic tubes? How long does mashed garlic from jars last in the fridge? Thank you.
         
        cyranode3@hotmail.com 
        Feb. 12, 2011 10:16 am
        I used a garlic press to crush garlics and then to peel them easy to chop or slice cuz safety for the kids who wants to learn cooking ok...;)
         
        marisa96 
        Apr. 10, 2011 11:14 am
        Put clove of garlic in the microwave for 7 to 10 seconds. Then pinch the end, garlic slides out. Works everytime!
         
        becca 
        Jun. 16, 2011 8:27 am
        here is a nifty way to peel garlic.i use this method and it works every time.put as many garlic bulbs as yiu need on apaper towel and put in microwave for a minute and the skins slide rite off
         
        Sam The Rock Man 
        Jan. 10, 2012 12:46 pm
        This method works, but not everyone feels comfortable using a large knife in this way. I've found that using a simple kitchen rock is the best way to handle garlic. Check out www.amazingkitchenrock.com and see for yourself!
         
        Jan. 16, 2012 6:54 am
        An even easier way to peal garlic~ Put separated cloves in a container (metal works best) and shake it like mad for 30-60 seconds. I use two metal bowls put together. Much easier than peeling, and you can do an entire bulb in no time. Pull out the cloves, and dump the skins. No knives, no mess, and you get a little exercise!
         
        kenny d. 
        Mar. 20, 2012 1:08 pm
        i do a lot of cooking so this info helps me a bunch i used to use dried chopped now i can make my own thanks everone
         
        dr_mabeuse 
        Jun. 13, 2012 2:03 pm
        Regarding the microwave peeling method: it works great, but even 15 seconds in the mic cooks your garlic so it looses much of its punch (try it.) I've gone back to the old knife-whack.
         
        mjplatt 
        Jul. 23, 2012 3:52 pm
        It is okay to crush the garlic if you are going to use it right away. Crushing releases more of the essential oils. So to use it to flavor olive oil for dipping bread, for instance, crushing is a good thing.
         
        Aug. 14, 2012 6:06 pm
        Put the amount of garlic that you are going to use in water for 1 minute then peel it.
         
        amisyandre 
        Mar. 26, 2013 2:59 am
        This garlic is perfect to be thrown into a stew or chopped further. onion peeling machine
         
        Sep. 8, 2013 7:52 am
        When a recipe calls for "2 Tbs. of crushed garlic", how many cloves is needed to achieve ?
         
         
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