Yesterday, I shared my new kitchen gadget for mincing garlic. Sarah asked how I peeled my garlic. She mentioned she smashes hers. I used to give mine a good whack with the flat end of my santoku knife. I never really liked doing that though. I’m a kitchen klutz. I had horrific visions of losing the grip on the knife while smacking the garlic. Not to mention the odd clove that would go flying off the chopping board after whacking. I was also worried about the potential damage to my truly beloved knife.
There’s a product sold by some kitchen stores that looks like a tube. It’s flexible and looks to be made of silicone. You place cloves of garlic inside, roll it against a hard surface (like a countertop), and presto, your garlic is peeled. It retails for about $8. While a quite neat little invention, I figured my silicone potholder might do the trick. That’s how I peel my garlic now. Here, I’ll show you.
Here are my three little cloves of garlic just waitin’ to get nekkid. That blue silicone potholder is going to oblige them.
All you have to do is fold the potholder around the cloves of garlic.
Press down on the cloves and move your hand back and forth.
You’ll feel and hear the cloves shedding their outer, flaky layers. Look there’s one now, nekkid and ready to be used in some great recipe.
Lookie there! All three are ready. Woohoo! Let’s cook. Wait, I don’t have a recipe to try. And I’ve already eaten dinner……Bummer, dude.
One note – It does work best one to two cloves at a time. Three or more is a bit much to try with this method at once. It goes quickly though.
Well Sarah, I hope that answers your question and gives you another alternative to smashing the cloves.