A brilliant idea from Saveur…
UPDATE 09/29/11: I tried this trick last night, and I’m sad to say that it didn’t work. But that’s very likely a fault of equipment.
First, I couldn’t smash the head of garlic hard enough with my hand, so I put it between to bamboo cutting boards and gave it a good whack. That worked like a charm! The head came about very easily in a nanosecond. I’m adding this technique to my permanent bag of tricks.
I don’t have metal mixing bowls, so I plopped the cloves into two ceramic bowls and, as instructed, shook like the “dickens.” Nothing! Nothing happened, except my arms got a little tired.
Anyone else make it work?!
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