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How to Peel Garlic

How to Peel Garlic


Whether it’s sizzling in a stir fry or simmering in pasta sauce, garlic adds a distinct punch to almost any savory dish. However, before its flavor can be unleashed, garlic must be peeled. Here’s how it’s done quickly and efficiently.

Directions:

1. Take a whole head of garlic, and start peeling off the outer skin from the top.

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2. Once enough skin is removed, pry open the head of garlic.

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3. Break off as many cloves of garlic as you need.

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4. Carefully cut off the bottom of each garlic clove, removing as little garlic as possible.

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5. Using the side of a knife or anything with a sturdy flat surface, firmly hit the clove 2-3 times. If you want to mince the garlic, you can smash it with more force to break up the clove and quicken mincing. If sliced garlic or other cuts are desired, hit the garlic gently but firmly to dislodge the skin.

Photo by Kai Huang

6. Pinch the tip of the skin above the clove, and pull. It should slide off cleanly.

Photo by Kai Huang

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How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


How to Peel Garlic - Recipes

Want to know how to peel garlic the easy way?

Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in many of my recipes and I have to say that before I was given this tip I really used to hate preparing it.

Before we go any further, let's be clear on terminology. When you buy garlic in the shops it appears almost spherical and this sphere is what we call the bulb. We then break into the bulb to pull out the individual segments (the pinky purple area in this photo below) and it's these segments that we call cloves.

Apologies if that last bit was obvious but many years ago I gave a recipe to friend of mine that included a clove of garlic, he put in the whole bulb! What was worse was that he ate the meal and his breath stank for days!

Peeling garlic isn’t easy, the shell of the clove doesn’t come away without a significant amount of scraping, usually with my fingernails and I usually end up getting chunks stuck in my nails and my fingers stink of garlic for what seems like forever.

So what’s the secret to avoiding this?

Simple……Take a large vegetable knife, top and tail the garlic clove and then place the knife horizontally on top of the clove.

Now with a gentle fist, bang down on the knife so that the garlic is slightly crushed and now peel the clove. See what I mean? With a bit of practice I find this to be quick and easy.

Special thanks to Robert Nickerson, Quartzsite, AZ for this next tip how to peel garlic, he clearly disagrees with me (and that's fine) because he has a different way of doing it:-

"Many have tried the gently mash it method, often mashing to much or wasting some of the garlic essence. Try this, separate the Garlic as you normally would. Place the cloves in the Microwave for 15 seconds. The skins will quickly rub off!"

Well when someone writes in with a tip like that you've just got to try it don't you? It works!

I blasted a clove for 15 seconds (don't do any more time than this) and the skin softened, I then broke the tip and gave it a squeeze from the other end and out popped and slightly warm but perfectly formed clove of garlic. Nice one Robert!


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