How To Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

The absolute fastest way to peel a whole head of garlic and in under 30 seconds!!! Oh and with no fancy gadgets or even a knife! It's basically like performing a magic trick in your kitchen. Your gonna have more cloves of garlic then you'll even know what to do with! Enjoy!!!

The Shake Trick: Video: Answered by Hugh

Check out this great video on peeling garlic. It's basically the same method as that described in Joe's answer: Smash the head, put it all (if you need a whole head of garlic) in a large metal bowl, put another metal bowl on top, but upside down (so that the rims overlap), and shake hard for several seconds.

The Traditional Method: Answered by Crispy P

Even with a whole bulb, break it into cloves. Put clove(s) on a cutting board. I usually cut off the root end of each clove. Lay a large chef's knife flat on the clove, then smack the knife to crush the clove. This breaks the skin of the clove and makes it much easier to peel.P
Note: Be sure NOT to use a ceramic knife. It can easily break.P

The Shake Trick: Answered by JoeP

The trick is that you're bruising the clove of garlic a little bit so the paper will release easier. If you're using a bulb or less, it's not too bad to do the side of the knife press method, but if you're cooking up a recipe that calls for a dozen heads, there's an alternate trick:P
  • Break the head into cloves.P 
  • Put the cloves into a sealable hard-sided container much larger (10x or more) than the garlic.P 
  • Shake the hell out of it for about 15-30 seconds. Pull out the cloves, and the paper should come off easily.P 
  • If cloves are still difficult to release, shake longer and more vigorously.P 
  • Repeat for the remaining bulbs. You can do this with two metal bowls of the same size, pressing together the lip on the rims while shaking.P

Note: I don't recommend plastic containers, as you might impart a garlic flavor to them that will be difficult to remove.P

The Garlic Peeler/Roller: Answered by JeffGP

I call them "Garlic Cannoli." (Actually, they're called, simply, "garlic peelers.") For Christmas, I gave my wife one of these as a stocking-stuffer. I had seen them in kitchen gadget stores for years, but was always reluctant to get one, believing it was another useless, cheap gadget. I was wrong! I used to peel garlic using a knife, but now, I can peel a clove every five seconds.P

It's essentially a silicon or rubber tube. You place the clove inside and lightly press it and roll it on the counter, like you're forming a baguette. Penny for penny, I've never had such a useful gadget (except maybe a silicon spatula).

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