The Shake Trick: Video: Answered by HughCheck 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
The Shake Trick: Answered by Joe
- 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
The Garlic Peeler/Roller: Answered by JeffG
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).