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How do you peel garlic? This ingenious hack will have you peeling an entire head fast and easily. Important to know: it works best on multiple garlic cloves. To get started, you’ll need a big bowl with a plate that fits over its top. Also, an extra-large mason jar or two bowls that fit together work just as well.
Garlic is one of my most-used ingredients and an elemental flavor in so many of my favorite dishes like Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic. But scrapping the thin, papery skin off multiple cloves is a pain.
Follow the directions below for the best shortcut to peeling three or more cloves – even a whole head! Once you’ve mastered this hack, you’ll be ready for cutting garlic and freezing garlic so you always have it on hand. Especially if you want to make Garlic Sauce. Can you tell we like garlic in my house?!
How to pick garlic
The first step is choosing the good garlic at the store. Pass over any bulbs that look shriveled or soft or have brown spots. Find fat bulbs with dry skin. Once home, store garlic in a dark, cool place in an open container (like a wire-mesh basket or open bowl).
Keep the garlic at a distance from other produce or food that might absorb its odors. I put mine in a basket with the onins. Remember, never refrigerate whole heads of garlic. They won’t last as long that way.
How to peel garlic fast
- Begin by using the palm of your hand to push down on the garlic bulb and separate the cloves from the root. Go two-handed for more force.
- Now, place the unpeeled garlic cloves in a large bowl or other sealable hard-sided container, like a big mason jar with a lid. You want the container to be much larger than the amount of garlic that goes inside.
- Next, put a plate (or a slightly smaller bowl) upside down on top of the bowl. Then, hold the two together tightly and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds. Music helps. 😉
- Ta-da! You are ready to take a look at the peeled garlic. At this point, the skins should be gone or hanging loosely. If not, shake some more.
- Finally, discard all the garlic peel and remove any that might still be attached. They should come off very easily.
Wow, look at those beautiful, peeled garlic cloves!
Obviously, I could not cook without garlic. So, having this fast and easy hack to peel garlic is a lifesaver for me.
Recipes with garlic
- Lebanese Garlic Sauce
- Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Olive Oil Garlic Bread
- Hummus Recipe
- Garlic Butter Shrimp Spaghetti
- Garlic Lemon Tuna Pasta
- Garlic Cilantro Oven Baked Salmon
- Cauliflower Alfredo
- Shrimp Scampi
- Bean Soup
- Grilled Lemon Chicken
- Tahini Sauce
- Roasted Tomato Soup
- Baked Spaghetti
Frequently asked questions
How long will peeled garlic last in the refrigerator?
Optimally, tightly wrapped peeled garlic should last up to a week.
Does this hack really work?
It does! But because you have to dirty a bowl and a plate or a jar, I reserve it for when I need a lot of garlic fast.
Can I freeze garlic?
Yes! You can individually freeze cloves on a baking sheet then store in an airtight container or follow my instructions for making and freezing garlic paste.
For more cooking resources, check out:
- How to Cut Garlic
- How to Freeze Garlic
- How to Make Garlic Sauce
- How to Cut an Avocado
- How to Cook Chickpeas
- How to Cook Rice
- How to Make Oatmeal
- How to Chop Cilantro
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How to Peel Garlic Fast
- 1 garlic head
- Using the palm of your hand, push down on the garlic bulb to separate the cloves from the root.
- Place the unpeeled garlic cloves in a large bowl or sealable hard-sided container. You want it to be much larger than the garlic.
- Place another bowl upside down on top of the first. You can also use a plate or a lid. Hold the two bowls together tightly and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
- Discard all the garlic peel and remove any that might still be attached. They should come off very easily.