Garlic TIP

Have I been living under the baking rock?
When I need to get the skins off my garlic, I just smash the clove with the sides of a large chef knife and then pick it apart, welllllll………………

my sister just called me with this tip her friend Denise told her…

Put your garlic in a Tupperware container(separate the bulbs from one another), put a lid on it and “SHAKE THE HELL OUT OF IT” for about 20 or so seconds.
Me being the skeptic, I was out to prove them wrong.
I try the so called new trick.
And DAMN it, they were right!!!! The skins were totally removed.
Ok, so maybe you already new this new found trickery, smarty pants!


  1. 1

    I DIDN’T know that! Will have to try it–I do not enjoy peeling garlic!

  2. 2
    VeggieGirl says:

    I didn’t know this either!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. 3

    I’m a chef knife smasher also. I had no idea you could use tupperware! Good tip

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    oneshotbeyond says:

    I didn’t know it. Thanks!

  5. 5

    I’ve always done the smash with the knife trick. I’ll have to try this way instead!

  6. 6

    I am so trying this next time I have to peel garlic! What a great tip, thank you.

  7. 7

    Ok, I knew. Go ahead and shoot me… but not in the face.

    Anyway, I like your enthusiasm in the kitchen.

  8. 8

    Well, I never knew that! I do it the way you do (or did until now!). Cool trick.

    Love your new header picture!

  9. 9

    I never knew this either but will be trying it!

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    Evolving Mommy Catherine says:

    I think I might have heard this trick before because it sounds oddly familiar, but I forgot all about it until I read your post. Thanks for reminding me.

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    I am half Assyrian (Iran now) and my Grandma always, let me repeat, always, had a cup or glass full of garlic cloves soaking in water. They just slip right out but I am not sure how long to soak them. Then you can drink the water. Mmm.
    Just kidding about drinking the water part.

  12. 12

    Oh that’s a cool idea! I’m all for making things easier in the kitchen.

  13. 13

    every single day i become more convinced that i live in a cave. there’s so much i don’t know–thanks for teaching me something new!

  14. 14

    I’ve never heard of this either. I’ll have to try this, but I bet my family will think I’m crazy.

  15. 15

    no kidding! I am so trying that!

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    Awesome tip. I had no idea. I’ll definitely try it.

    I was just thinking yesterday (when I was at William Sonoma) that I should roast some garlic and make a paste that we can use all the time anyhow.

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    That’s a great tip!

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    TeeThymeDiva says:

    Thanks for the tip. Like Amber’s grandmother, I soak mine in some hot water, the skins come right off.

  20. 20

    I have never tried this! I better get shaking!

  21. 21

    I have seen Rachael Ray do this on TV..It really works great.

  22. 22

    Great tip! You better believe I’ll be trying this next time the ol’ garlic comes out!

  23. 23

    Perfect tip! Sometimes I even wear rubber kitchen gloves when I prep garlic because I can’t stand the smell lingering on my hands!

  24. 24

    I’ve never heard of shaking or soaking, but it’ll be fun to try.

  25. 25

    THANK YOU!!!! it’s a very helpful tip… 🙂

  26. 26

    i’ve never heard of that, very clever thanks!!

  27. 27

    i think your way is more practical.

  28. 28

    News to me, thanks for the tip!

  29. 29

    Cool!Never heard this before!

  30. 30

    Never knew this, thanks for sharing!

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    I always use my knife as well. I wouldn’t have believed them either. I’ll have to give it a try, especially next time I’m doing chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. That would be a real time saver. 😉

    I love your blog as well, you have a beautiful family and lovely pictures.

  32. 32

    Thanks for the great tip! I’ve been buying already peeled whole cloves (for more $$!!) because the skins were such a hassle.