Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: Peeling Garlic

My friend Ashley, left a comment on the blog, asking for tips on peeling garlic.  I have two tips to share for peeling garlic.

1.  If I am going to mince garlic, I place the garlic clove on the cutting board.  I take my chef knife and place it over the garlic, sharp edge facing away from me. 

Using the heel of my hand, I hit the knife directly above the garlic.  The harder you hit the knife the more smashed the garlic will be.  You can then easily remove the the skin. 

I also do this technique to break up the bulb of garlic into cloves.  Make sure you hit the bulb gently to break it up and not smash the cloves.

2.  If I want to keep the garlic clove whole, I place the clove on a rubber jar opener.

 Fold the jar opener in half so the garlic clove is in the center. 

Using the palm of your hand, roll the clove around until the skin peels off.

I hope that answers your question, Ashley!

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  1. I always smash it with the knife, never tried your other way.

  2. I just use a knife. Waiting for Friday.

  3. I always do the "knife smash" ~ I've never tried the grip . . . wouldn't it smell? LOL!!!

    1. The jar grip, cleans up easily with soap and water. After it dries, it just smells like rubber.

  4. I love the idea of using a rubber jar opener to take the garlic skin off-that's an awesome idea. I will remember that one.

    Thanks for sharing your garlic tips.


  5. Smashing the cloves is also therapeutic after a long day at work ;)

  6. Good post. My current most useful kitchen item is a jar key. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/useful-kitchen-gadget-jar-key.html