How to Easily Peel Garlic

3 methods for quickly and easily peeling garlic!

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First gather up your garlic cloves that need peeling.

First gather up your garlic cloves that need peeling.

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The first method I'm starting with (and i'm sure everyone is familiar with) is the "smash it with a big knife" method

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Place knife on top of your garlic clove like so and gently smash.

Place knife on top of your garlic clove like so and gently smash.

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Now peel.

Now peel.

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Naked garlic!

Naked garlic!

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The 2nd method is the "bend and twist" method. I use this the most because it doesn't require any tools. I am usually peeling garlic to go into the food processor and don't want to get a knife out.

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Bend and twist the clove all the way around.

Bend and twist the clove all the way around.

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With the "bend and twist" method you aren't using enough force to snap the clove. You're using just enough force to break the papery skin of the clove and loosen it.

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Pinch at the top and bend the papery skin back tight against the clove so it snaps/breaks.

Pinch at the top and bend the papery skin back tight against the clove so it snaps/breaks.

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And then peel.

And then peel.

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The third method is for peeling a bunch of garlic at once. This is great if you have 5 or more cloves that need peeling.

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Get your head of garlic.

Get your head of garlic.

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Smash with your palm and rock back and forth to loosen all the individual cloves.

Smash with your palm and rock back and forth to loosen all the individual cloves.

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Peel away the outside paper encasing the head and discard and then add your unpeeled cloves to a jar. Close the lid tight and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.

Peel away the outside paper encasing the head and discard and then add your unpeeled cloves to a jar. Close the lid tight and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.

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This is a great use for empty sauce, pickle or jelly jars! But you can use any container you have on hand since it's the shaking that's important.. But I like using glass so I can check the progress.

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Dump into a bowl and pick out your peeled cloves. I think out of 2 heads of garlic I had 4 cloves that didn't peel completely but the skins were quite loose and came off very easily.

Dump into a bowl and pick out your peeled cloves. I think out of 2 heads of garlic I had 4 cloves that didn't peel completely but the skins were quite loose and came off very easily.

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You can just use the jar you shook the cloves in to store them in the fridge for a couple weeks. If you want to store them longer you can put the cloves in a zip top bag and place in the freezer.

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My four heads of garlic I peeled in just minutes! Hooray for time saving!

My four heads of garlic I peeled in just minutes! Hooray for time saving!

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Garlic 
Big knife 
Jar 
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