How to Peel Garlic

October 27, 2011

Have you seen this video? It’s genius. We tried it and it worked brilliantly!

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1 Stacey H October 27, 2011 at 5:38 am

I may never actually try that but that video cracked me up! :)

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2 angie October 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

Whoa! Awesome! I’ve always done the flat-knife smash (like Giada and Rachael Ray do), but this I had never heard of.

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3 NolaLeBlanc October 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

That’s awesome! I’m going to have to give it a try. No more garlic smelling hands.

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4 Sara October 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

Oh my goodness; this is awesome!! I have to try it! I wonder if it will work with non-stainless-steel bowls? I only have glass and ceramic…

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5 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

Good question, Sara. I have no idea! We used stainless steel bowls, but the ones we used weren’t nearly as big as the ones in the video. I wonder if size and materials matter…

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6 Jenny October 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

just hard to hold onto and heavy!!

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7 Kristin October 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

Genius!

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8 Marisa October 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

I have the same question as Sara. I’ll have to try it soon!

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9 Cammie October 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

That is fantastic! I’ll definitely try it. We go through garlic at a fierce rate in my family and my hands nearly always smell of it.

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10 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:01 am

I’ll bet you will love this trick, Cammie!

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11 Nicole October 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

Brilliant!

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12 Sarah Heat October 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love it!

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13 Amy3 October 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

Fantastic! I will definitely try this.

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14 Katie October 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

I took a cooking class where the chef recommended blanching garlic before using it raw to keep away the bitey-after taste of garlic.

Thanks for sharing the peeling trick.

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15 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:01 am

Good to know, Katie!

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16 Jody Nebesnik October 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

What!? I wouldn’t have believed it if you hadn’t tried it. Looks too easy!

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17 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:02 am

I was skeptical until we tried it. But it totally worked!

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18 Jenny P October 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

What the what?? Can’t wait to try it.

Although I have to admit, I’m kind of scared to hit it with my hand!

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19 Kristen E October 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

THAT’S AMAZING!!! We use tons of garlic, and while I do individual cloves by smashing them with the flat of my knife, this will be REALLY handy when I’m making something like Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic! Totally trying this later. :)

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20 nicole @ deliajude October 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

hot diggety! i am reposting this video.

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21 celeste October 27, 2011 at 10:04 am

That is insanely cool. Cannot wait to blow my MIL’s mind with this one!

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22 Martha October 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

Glory! That is awesome! And for those of you that are saying about garlic smelling hands: rub your hands on anythings stainless steel, somehow it neutralized the smell.

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23 Lola October 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

You can purchase special soap bar-shaped stainless steel to keep handily near the sink – I found some very cheap (as in under £2/3) ones on Amazon, and they work a treat.

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24 Kathy Ayers October 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

That is amazing! I am going to try tonight! I hope you are having a wonderful trip Gabby!

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25 Lola October 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

Wow – I almost can’t believe that works. I’ll definitely be trying it!

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26 Sara October 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

it seems genius but… i was wondering, in terms of sustainability, does it compensate the water we would use to wash those 2 enormous bowls? anyway, it could certainly work for a recipe with tons of garlic! Thanks for making me think about this! :-)

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27 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

Give it try! It didn’t dirty our bowls at all. I dumped the peelings and didn’t even need to wipe them out.

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28 Christine October 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Genius

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29 sophia October 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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30 julie r October 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

i’ve blogged about this too! (and martha’s amazing pomegranate video as well – have u tried that?? we eat alot of pomegranates…):
http://richardsonshine.blogspot.com/2011/09/who-knew.html

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31 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

Off to check out the pomegranate link. (We love pomegranates!)

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32 Meagan October 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

This was the funniest thing I’ve seen all day!

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33 Kathy Bodrero October 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Woah! Gonna have to try this! :-)

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34 Damaris October 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This is awesome.

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35 Rialyn October 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Whoa! Thanks for sharing that video! Awesome!

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36 Corina October 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

I’m all “Whoa” too… I mean as a kid it was MY job to peel and chop the garlic for my parents . Man I wish I had known this trick well before now, you know after doing the smash thing on 11, 459 cloves of garlic. I can’t help wanting his clamp like grip on the two bowls to , ummm fail… WHOA GARLIC EVERYWHERE …LOL.
love your blog.

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37 stephy-lou October 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

what an awesome little video. totally going to give that a try. that guy had such sweet charm, i’m totally game for more of those videos. thanks for sharing.

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38 Kathleen October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

It really does work!

A tip for those without meaty chef paws; use a kitchen towel placed over the clove and your body weight to assist you in smashing the garlic apart!

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39 LP October 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

brilliant!

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40 zhing October 30, 2011 at 3:55 am

for real!? with no knife too!? im gonna give it a go!

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41 whoorl October 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

NO. That is amazing! Can’t wait to try!

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42 Lisa Fyfe October 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

whoa, most useful bit of info i have received in a long time, and maybe ever.

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43 Jenny October 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Heard this on NPR several months ago—it was truly a driveway moment as they described it. I called my mom up (a cook her entire life, age 60+) to tell her and we were both astounded that we had never heard of this before. On NPR, they said that probably 90% or professional chefs had never heard of it either!

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