Garlic Peeling Genius

A brilliant idea from Saveur

How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds from on Vimeo.

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?!


14 Responses to “Garlic Peeling Genius”

  1. Ellen says:

    ha ha ha, it works!!! LOVE IT!

  2. Carrey Bull says:

    Amazing!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Laurie D. says:

    Going to have to try that next time I make roast chicken stuffed with garlic.

  4. Martin says:

    That looks like magic. I won’t believe it until I try it myself. :-)

  5. Lydia says:

    OMG it’s MAGIC!!!

  6. Svend says:

    This is great. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jen says:

    OMG! Too funny! I’ll give it a try. :-)

  8. Linda Sand says:

    I have not tried it yet but I think the shape of his bowls might have been more important than the material. The shape would cause the shaken garlic to roll around a lot which would, I think, help peel it.

  9. Amy says:

    I saw this on the first and tried it immediately. it worked for me and I’m THRILLED! When I think of the hours and hours I’ve spent peeling garlic… Wish I’d learned this sooner!

  10. lindsey says:

    It worked for me! I had to shake it a little longer than he did, and it did give my arms a workout, but it worked. And i used stainless steel bowls.

  11. Larry says:

    Just did this with two small plastic storage dishes. Worked. Took about 30 seconds of shaking, but it worked. What a great time saver.


  12. Cindy says:

    I got a little thing from Pampered Chef that you put the garlic into and roll it around to peel it. It works like a charm. I would think any type of circular silicone thing to put the garlic in and roll around would do the same trick.

  13. James says:

    Use the side (blade) of your knife while laid on its side or the handle. Works like a charm and during prep the knife is almost within ars reach, No devices or rearranging needed.

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