I don't know about you, but one of the pitfalls of cooking a meal that contains garlic (doesn't it seem like every recipe uses garlic?!) is that my fingers end up smelling like garlic for days, no matter how hard I scrub them. I'm pretty sure this is mostly because I spend way too long peeling the skin off the garlic cloves. But this weekend while my sisters and I were making a delicious mac and cheese, my sister, Colleen, showed me a trick for peeling garlic that's a real game changer!
The recipe called for an entire head of garlic, and as I was cringing at the thought of peeling each individual clove, Colleen whipped out a mason jar, broke apart the head of garlic with the bottom of the jar, stuck all of the cloves in the jar and shook it hard for 10 seconds. She then dumped out the magically peeled garlic in front of my dumbfounded face. How did I not know this trick?! How have I been tediously peeling garlic for years?! It's amazing how well it works! There were a few cloves that required a few extra vigorous shakes, but each one came out perfectly intact and peeled.
There is a video from Savuer that demonstrates this trick by shaking it between two bowls, but I'm a big proponent of washing the least amount of dishes possible and it seems a lot easier to shake a mason jar than a cumbersome set of bowls. However, if you are stuck in a jar-less kitchen, shaking the garlic between bowls works just as well!
Next time a recipe calls for garlic, try this trick out and enjoy garlic-scent-free hands!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)