How to Peel Garlic Cloves Easily



Peeled garlic

The Easy Way to Peel Garlic

I used to try to peel garlic cloves with a paring knife.  It was frustrating and I’d lose much of the garlic.  Today for #NationalGarlic Day  I’m sharing the way to peel garlic cloves without touching them with a knife!  Easy and fun!

Mason Jar with Lid for peeling garlic

You Need a Mason Jar with a Lid

The jar that I use is a plastic one, but you can use a glass Mason jar or any clean empty jar with a lid.  Separate the garlic cloves and place them into the jar. Put the lid on the jar.  Turn on some energetic music and shake -shake – shake!  Maybe do a little dance, shake the little jar,  get down today!   The skins will fall right off the garlic cloves!

Shake garlic in a container to remove skins

Perfectly Peeled Garlic Cloves

Some of the cloves will be clean, so remove them from the jar and shake again!  You might have to help remove the skins with your fingers, but they will definitely loosen up when you shake them in the jar.   Sometimes it takes 30 seconds and sometimes it takes up to 90 seconds.

Garlic skins fall off after being shaken

Big Cloves Peel Easily

The biggest pieces will peel right away.  The smaller ones take longer, and the really skinny little cloves might need a little help with a knive.

Peeled garlic

Garlic and Onions

When I was first married,  a close family friend who had a huge family shared a secret with me.  She said, “If you don’t have dinner ready and you aren’t sure what you’re going to make,  just put some onions and garlic into a pot with a little butter or oil.  The smell will make the house smell like you’ve been cooking all day, and The Farmer will think he’s getting something great for dinner!   Truer words were never spoken!  To this day I start with garlic and onions…from there you can make almost anything from fresh sauteed veggies to pasta sauce to a pot of hearty soup.  Or use the garlic and onions on top of baked chicken, fish, pork chops or beef roast.  Makes a great topping for baked potatoes too.   Stir chopped garlic and onions into mashed avocado for guacamole. Raw,  sauteed, or roasted — they’re all yummy with avocados!


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