Peeling Garlic the Easy (Easier) Way

This reader tip makes peeling garlic simple.

| August/September 2006

peeling garlic - unpeeled garlic cloves on cutting board

Smash first, then peel.

Photo by Fotolia/aaa187

Before peeling garlic cloves, smash then first. It’s much easier and less frustrating.  Just lay the clove on a cutting board and give it a whack or two with a wooden mallet or the flat side of a large knife blade. The smashed garlic skin will slip right off. You can then mince the pungent sections or use them as is.

Lynda Mason
Roseburg, Oregon

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