The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic

You've probably heard of the garlic peeling method that requires you to smash a clove with the side of a knife. This may be easy, but many chefs (Anthony Bourdain, for example) claim that this method damages the garlic and results in less garlic flavor. I've seen some pretty elaborate solutions to peel garlic sans smashing, most of them messy and ineffective. One day as I strained to hold two metal bowls (filled with garlic cloves) together, I glanced down at my bar and found the solution! What was I looking at? A martini shaker. I opened it, popped in a clove, and shook it as though I was mixing some vodka, vermouth, and ice. The result when I opened the shaker was a perfectly peeled clove of garlic. A quick rinse in the dishwasher and my shaker was ready to be used once again for cocktails. However, I like this method so much and use it so often, that I actually bought a separate shaker to use just for garlic. I love this inexpensive stainless steel one on Amazon.

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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

This is a marvelous tip! I love garlic, but cant stand the tediousness of peeling them one by one! Such an annoying task. My Martini shaker lies empty most evenings - I can easily use it instead. Thanks for the tip!


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

Good tip! It avoids getting your fingers all smelly as well.

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