Peeling Garlic

The easiest way to peel garlic

By Jennifer Kushnier


Fresh garlic lends its fragrant, spicy flavor to a variety of foods, from vinaigrettes and marinades to sauces, stir-fries, and roasts. This pungency is best preserved when individual cloves are separated from an entire head of garlic. Whether used whole or chopped, cloves should first be relieved of their papery skins.

how to peel garlic

1. Set 1 clove on a cutting board. Lay the flat side of a large knife blade on top of the clove, with the sharp edge facing away from you.

how to peel garlic

2. Hold the knife firmly. With the heel of your other hand, carefully yet purposefully strike the top (flat) side of the blade at the point where the garlic sits underneath.

how to peel garlic

3. With the tough “spine” of the peel cracked, rather than smashed, simply peel away the skin with your fingers.


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