Garlic is a favorite in my household. Both my husband and I love to add it to whatever we are cooking (when appropriate to do so, of course!). But one of our challenges with garlic is peeling it.
This led me to wonder if there is an easier way than what we have been doing, which has been to cut off the top, then peel it with our fingernails. This has led to more than one cut under the nail, and I’m tired of the pain.
The answer is, yes, there is a better way to peel garlic cloves. In fact, there are three:
Use a Knife
This method is great for when you want to mince garlic. Take a large knife (aka a chef’s knife) and press down on the clove with the flat side of the blade. Be careful not to cut yourself.
Peel off the skin, then proceed to mince the garlic.
Use a Roller
This works best when you need to use a whole garlic clove. Use the E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler and place the clove inside the roller. Using the palm of your hand, press down on the roller and roll the clove back and forth several times.
Remove the clove from the roller, and peel away the skin.
Use the Microwave
Place a garlic clove on a microwave-safe plate, and cook it on High for 10-20 seconds to loosen the skin from the clove.
Allow the clove to cool, then peel away the skin.
I am so glad I took the time to research this! Peeling garlic will never again be painful for me.